‘Yarn bomb’ is big hit at The Life House

Members of "Stitched Together" wrap their latest work of art around a tree in front of The Life House in Rockwall. The local knitting group meets twice a week at the coffee house, bakery and disc golf shop.(Top row, from left) Gwen Sunderson, Amy Clark, Sharrie Collins; (middle) Janie Squier; (bottom) Linsley Srygley, Alette Oliva.














At The Life House in Rockwall, the aroma of hand-roasted coffees, specially blended teas and fresh baked artisan bread are enough to lure even the busiest passersby inside for a taste of something special.

Commuters drop by on their way to work, friends meet up for an afternoon outing, and moms stop in to pick up a loaf of bread for dinner.

Disc golf enthusiasts also find their way to The Life House, since the coffeehouse and bakery carries supplies from some of the top manufacturers, and they offer personal lessons, group classes, clinics and summer camps. Located at 506 N. Goliad St., The Life House is within a mile of one of the top five disc golf courses in Texas,  and a mere 10 miles from four other courses.

Put simply, The Life House is a perfect place for friends and family to enjoy good food, good company and good conversation.

“Our story is growing daily and we are always looking for ways to connect people and provide solutions for life,” their website says. “The Life House is not only a a great coffee shop but also a way of helping live life connected and together.”

Perhaps that’s why the latest addition to the entrance of The Life House is so fitting. The trunk of an old tree has been wrapped in a colorful work of art, handcrafted by members of a local knitting group called “Stitched Together.”  Group members created individual bands, each with a unique signature – an initial, a symbol or a cancer ribbon – and then the bands were stitched together, and connected around the tree.

“Yarn bombs,” as such outdoor adornments have come to be called, are popular in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff, and have graced trees in the National Mall at Washington, D.C. There is even an International Yarn Bombing Day in June.

“It’s an art form,” said Linsley Srygley, founder of Stitched Together. “It’s kind of funky, and it’s a great way to show that the craft is still alive. People see it and stop and say, ‘hey, how can I learn to do this?'”

Stitched Together meets twice at week at The Life House – from 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday – to practice their craft, teach others, and talk. The group is open to anyone in the community who knits, crochets, quilts, scrapbooks, reads, speaks, walks or just wants to learn.

“Even today, with technology being so prevalent, we go back to the things that our ancestors have done,” said Srygley, who has a degree in clothing and textiles, is a Master Gardener and president of the Rockwall County Master Gardeners Association. “Knitting is a great way to get together and share. We enjoy the camaraderie, the coffee and the environment. It’s a no drama zone.”

She added, “Some people even say knitting is the new yoga.”

Stop by The Life House today to get connected.

Information provided by Barbara Allan and Linsley Srygley. Written by Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News, all rights reserved. 

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