A Yarn Film for All of Us

The documentary Yarn, released in 2016, is dedicated to fiber. And because it’s streaming on Netflix, I needed to watch it and report my findings.

To summarize, it’s a treat for your eyes and inspiration for your yarnie-soul. This yarn film looks into the art world through a medium we know and cherish. It touches on the importance of yarn throughout our history and shows what is possible through this medium.

Follow four fiber artists who work with yarn to tell stories and connect people: OLEK, Tilde Björfors, Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam, and Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar. Each one uses yarn in a different way to broadcast important messages.

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OLEK explores feminism and sexuality through crochet; she combines fashion, sculpture, and public performance. Tilde Björfors takes us behind the scenes at Cirkus Cirkör, a contempratorary circus featuring a show on yarn and it’s relationship with our lives. Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam creates huge structures out of yarn for people to explore and play on. Part of her goal is to help us perceive how we interact with each other—by bouncing we affect those around us on the net, just as their footfalls affect us. Finally, Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar takes us into the world of yarn bombing. She sees her work as a testament to women who live in cities often designed by men for a male aesthetic.

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But to juxtapose the meaningful and thoughtful works of these fiber artists, there are certainly some humorous moments; like when a beachgoer wades out to retrieve one of Tinna’s yarn bomb installations. And at times the poem that helps transition between each story, written by Barbara Kingsolver, gets a bit silly by going a little overboard on the importance and impact of yarn.

In all, I really enjoyed watching this movie but as a yarn lover I wanted a bit more. More history, more in-depth interviews with the artists and the people who choose to display their work, just . . . more! I hope this documentary inspires other filmmakers to focus more on yarn and its applications. And I sincerely hope you enjoy watching this very unique documentary.

P.S. Yarn is not considered G-rated due to just a handful of curse words that are bandied about in the film.

Happy watching,


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