Chinatown Yarn Circle
唐人街 鉤針編織  團體

Chinatown Yarn Circle Project
STAND-SPEAK-SHAPE | 起來 - 發言 - 改善
Crochet for a Cause!

Get the latest updates, follow us on Instagram @chinatownyarncircle
Crocheters of all levels are welcome!
Get Involved, contact us at YarnCircle@ocmchurch.org

This large-scale crochet mural is a gift for Chinatown, made by Chinatown neighbors and friends.
Our crochet flowers, made by community volunteers, will usher words of strength, synergy and solidarity to our Chinatown neighborhood to culturally inspire us to STAND strong together; SPEAK up for justice; and SHAPE society through sharing community life together in passing a legacy of strength through collaboration and history of triumph over struggle to future generations. 
Our goal is to engage as many Chinatown locals, neighbors and friends, many just trying out this new skill, to create crochet pieces. With everybody’s help, we will work towards a total of 800 squares and 500 flowers, that will then be sewn together into a 4-foot high by 25-foot wide mural to adorn the fences at Columbus Park. We anticipate blooming voices and a powerful community-created visual mural serving as a reminder of the value that as individuals joined together collectively, we STAND-SPEAK-SHAPE our community and our society .

Join a Yarn Circle:

OCM Yarn Circle (In-person)

Saturday, 7/24 (1pm - 2:30pm) at OCM (1st Floor)

Register here to reserve a spot on Saturday, 7/24 at https://ocm.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/935231

COLUMBUS PARK Yarn Circle (In-person)
Register here to reserve your spot on Sunday, 7/25 at Columbus Park! (Registration required for each Sunday event).

OCM Yarn Circle (In-person)

Saturday, 8/14 (1pm - 2:30pm) at OCM (1st Floor)

Register here to reserve a spot on Saturday, 8/14 at



SATURDAY afternoon 1:00pm - 2:30pm (at OCM)

  • July 24 

  • August 14

SUNDAY afternoons 1:30 - 3:00 p.m (at Columbus Park)

  • June 6 | June 27

  • July 18| July 25

Pre-registration + Masks required
Contact Email: YarnCircle@ocmchurch.org
Meet under the Pavilion Awning
(by Chinese Pagoda near Bayard Street)

WALLS-ORTIZ GALLERY (Virtual) Yarn Circle
Register on Eventbrite here 

WEDNESDAY Lunchtime 12 - 1 p.m.

  • June 9  | June 23

  • July 14 | July 28

Contact Maria Liu Wong
Email: wogc@cityseminaryny.org
Zoom @ 12pm Noon

DROP-OFF POINTS - We can’t wait to see the crochet squares and flowers you’ve completed!


About the Yarn Circle Project:


Join the Community Art project: STAND-SPEAK-SHAPE:  起來 - 發言 - 改善
As a Catalyst Commission 2021 Awardee, the Chinatown Yarn Circle has launched its inaugural project: STAND-SPEAK-SHAPE, to lead an inter-generational civic-engagement community art project to crochet letters, leaves and flowers that usher forward this inspiring message while engaging in civic participation skills building and civic engagement discussions.  Through groups of crocheters coming together through “yarn circles”, OCM is partnering with artist Naomi Lawrence and other Chinatown organizations: Think Chinatown and Creative Sanctum (Also see below for other partners) to create a mural-sized yarn installation to be installed at Columbus Park to raise awareness on issues impacting the AAPI community. Our work will be displayed as a feature of the Chinatown Arts Week (CHAW) October festival.

Get the latest updates by following us on Instagram @chinatownyarncircle
Public sessions will be held on select summer Sunday afternoons @ Columbus Park
(at the Chinese Pagoda by Bayard St) in Chinatown from 1:30-3:00pm

Directions to Columbus Park in Chinatown, near City Hall.
Subway: 6 or N,Q,R to Canal St. station: Walk East on Canal Street and make a right Mulberry Street: You will see the Pagoda Pavilion open-air space on Bayard Street (between Mulberry Street & Baxter St) NY, NY 10013


Beginner Instructions here.
Make yourself a cardboard cutout, measure 2½” x 2½”

(Green/Yellow) Patterns:

Flower Patterns


Blossom Flower


Water Lily Pattern

Sample made by Mia

Water Lily / Lotus


Water Lily Pattern

Sample made by Yi-Ming

Water Lily / Lotus


Sample made by Maria



Water Lily Pattern

Sample made by Susan

Water Lily / Lotus


About the Artist: Naomi Lawrence

Naomi Lawrence is a NYC Fiber Artist based in East Harlem. She works with acrylic yarn to create oversized 2-Dimensional crochet flowers, trees and wildlife. The site-specific installations are sewn onto chain-link fences in parks and public spaces. Originally from England, UK she studied Floral Design at the University of Arts London and worked as a freelance events florist for some of Londons top floral designers including REBEL REBEL and Yan Skates. Her first installation created in 2014, Blue Iris endeared her to the East Harlem community that she now calls home. Her installations take a few months to create but are generally approved by the city to stay in place for up to one year. They are often washed and refurbished to be reinstalled in various locations such as school playgrounds. Public engagement is a primary goal of each installation. The works become part of the urban landscape.

Her Website is https://naomirag.com/work/

Chinatown Yarn Circle Supporting Partners:

Oversea Chinese Mission


Walls - Ortiz Gallery and Center


Asian Americans for Equality

Center for All Abilities


Knitty City