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Yarn Bomb Pizza Slices!

April 3rd, 2016 (12:48 am)

You may remember that I was part of the group that made the car-tire-sized yarn donuts that hang in our local monument to donut goodness, The Sugar Shack. Now, the Del Ray Yarn Bombers have turned to another favorite food item, pizza. We're working on an assortment of yarn pizza slices to adorn Del Ray Pizzeria on Mount Vernon Avenue. Today we had a work session at the pizzeria in question, and made some progress on our facsimile slices.

The base of each slice is a knitted triangle, with different colors of yarn for crust, sauce, and cheese. The toppings are being crafted in a variety of ways, mostly by felting. I have no actual skills in knitting or crocheting, so I asked for a lesson in felting, which I had never done before, and soon was stabbing fuzzy pieces of yarn to create pepperoni slices, mushrooms, and more. It was great fun, but it made me hungry for pizza of the non-yarn variety.

Here are some photos.

The restaurant supplied us with a plate of typical toppings so we could replicate them as closely as possible. Compare the yarn versions (left) with the originals (right).

Felting involves fusing fibers together by repeatedly stabbing yard with a needle. The same technique works for attaching the felted pepperoni and veggie bits to the pizza slice.

This slice is a work in progress, with pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives still being felted into place. Looks almost good enough to eat, doesn't it?

These two slices show two different topping techniques. On the left are some embroidered toppings. On the right, three felted pepperoni slices waiting to be attached to the pizza. The process of attaching them will flatten them out a bit more, to look more like real pepperoni.

At the end of today's session, we assembled the slices we had on hand, in their various states of completion, to assess our progress.

I can't take any credit for the design of the project, or for the knitting. The women who did those parts are so talented! But I enjoyed felting today, and I love the artistry involved in using yarn as a medium to mimic real food.

I think the toppings on the slice in front were crocheted and then sewn on. They look great! When all the individual slices are completed, they will be strung on a cord to hang in the restaurant, like a pizza bunting. But I love the visual of presenting the slices like a pizza served on a tray, as they're shown here. Have a slice!!!