Thieves have made off with the "yarn bombs" displayed at the Sawdust Art Festival, and their creators want them returned.
The colorful knitted, or crocheted, bombs had been on display at the festival entrance, the food court and the entertainment deck.
When a couple of the designs were vandalized last week, festival officials contacted the needleworkers who created them and suggested that they be removed.
However, when members of Twisted Stitchers knitting class arrived Aug. 4 to take down their art, they were told all of the pieces had been hacked off the previous night.
"I asked [festival General Manager] Tom Klingenmeier to get the word out that the Twisted Stitchers want the pieces returned, no questions asked," said Michelle Boyd, who teaches the class and organized the display.