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Th first day of Wagga Craft Alive is over and I am resting my sore feet – I really need to go shopping for some new shoes with lovely supportive inner soles!

The workshop programme was in full swing today with Elizabeth from Aussie Patches, Kerry from Beadshack and Barbie from Fiddlesticks all with students enjoying the classes on offer.  I had time for taking some photographs of the classes in session.

The show continues over the weekend and there are plenty of interesting on site demonstrations in fabric painting, jewellry making, lace and fabric dyeing, pottery, woodwork, leatherwork and knitting just to name a few.  There are a range of classes in which you can learn new skills, polish old ones or just have a good time!


Four days of crowds, great sales, late night shopping on Saturday night with heaps of people taking part in the purple scarf competition, stacks of demonstrations later and I am officially TIRED!!!!

On Friday evening after the show, Andrew and I went into town for some dinner.  Andrew is always on the lookout for design inspiration for his scrapmatts and these delightful shoes certainly attracted his attention!

Red Shoes

Saturday evening trading was sparkled up by the event organisers conducting a purple scarf competition.  Several of the exhibitors offered prizes to those who had taken part in the making of and wearing their own purple creation.

There was a most excited 4 year old who had made a lovely felted, appliqued and stitched purple number excitedly announcing to anyone who would listen that she had won.  Great to see the new generation getting involved!

Then there was us….. yes, we both sported hand knitted scarves with suitable scrapmatts attached…..unfortunately, there are no photos of my “outfit”.

However –


…………………………………someone was seen wearing this and was also lucky enough to score a prize donated by the lovely girls from Blue Willow Cottage!

Over the weekend I managed to complete stage one of the purple project for the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne this month.

Stage 1

Stage 1

This was knitted using one 50gm ball of Jo Sharp DK yarn and a size 5.5mm circular needle…..there was something in the region of 400 stitches to cast off!

Stage two of this project is spreadout on the kitchen table drying …….

Stage 2

Stage 2

These are scrapmatts daisies that have been given the treatment using a purple Gelly Roll pen and then a coat of Dimensional Magic.

The next step involves beads, sequins and other pretty stuff!!!

I happen to be a member of Museum Victoria and when the latest newsletter came through with an article entitled “How old is your underwear?”, I was naturally intrigued!

There are many people out there who are fascinated with and collect clothing and textiles from bygone eras and many of them include underwear as part of their collections.  I have a wonderful book by Jill Salen that is purely dedicated to the corset and how to make them based on the original designs.


If this happens to be an area in which you are interested or perhaps have items that could be useful for research purposes, the following information is reproduced from the MV Members newsletter:

A call from Claire Lockyer (PhD Student at Museum Victoria): How old is your underwear?
I am currently undertaking a research project focusing on women’s underwear in Melbourne during the nineteenth century. I am interested in both locally made and imported garments. Examples of the types of underwear worn during this period include: petticoats, chemises, combinations, drawers and corsets. If you have any of these lying around at home collecting dust, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me at Perhaps you might even consider donating your items to Museum Victoria.

Wodonga Craft Alive has just finished and I am now back home.  This year the show moved to a new venue at Catholic College Wodonga.  It appears that all our visitors loved it – warm, friendly and an inviting atmosphere saw many people return every day to enjoy what the show had to offer.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to introduce some of our crafters of the future to the delights of making postcards and stitchery.

Stitch Me a Rainbow

Stitch Me a Rainbow

These two lovely young ladies are both 12 – they had a great time mastering the sewing machine and completing their postcards.  One plans to send hers to family in the UK and the other to a relative in Queensland. I’m sure their families will be delighted to receive these original cards from the girls.

Not all of us are skilled at sewing and there are many who are in fear and trembling when confronted by the electronic marvels that masquerade as sewing machines these days.  When Helen tried to sell the idea of making a card to her friend Doreen; Doreen’s first reaction was “I don’t do sewing machines!”

Helen prevailed and they each selected their favourite colours and sat down to make the cards.

Helen satin stitching the edge of her card

Helen satin stitching the edge of her card

From the instructor’s perspective, Doreen made the ideal student – she was not fazed by anything!  As soon as I had shown her how to do something, she was off!  For a supposed non-sewer, she was fantastic.

Doreen's first postcard.

Doreen's first postcard.

Helen has decided she will make more and took away some extra packs of supplies with her at the end of the day (she had more than one favorite colour – this way she didn’t miss out!)

Helen's pink card

Helen's pink card

It’s always great to catch up with students I have taught in the past and this year was no exception.  Another of our young crafters, Hannah, was back again this year and it was hand embroidery that she decided to try out this time. Helen and Patty also decided it was time for some hand stitching and out came the needles and thread.  The “Little Miss Dot” design seemed to be the favourite design on offer.little_miss_dot_2

My challenge for the weekend was how to help devise a method for teaching someone who was blind how to knit.  The query came from a lady at the show who had a blind friend she was teaching to knit – how could we help her to stop  dropping stitches?  That tested the grey matter a bit – but between us we devised a solution based on how she held the needles and using feel in your thumb to control and count the stitches as they came off the left hand needle. It seemed to work!

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