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It is always a pleasure to come to Broken Hill for CraftAlive.  I enjoy being able to demonstrate and teach here, there is always something on show from the local art and craft groups of interest and its generally a lot of fun.  This year was no exception.

The local art society mounted a small representative sample of their member’s works as did the local Pottery group.

It was an unexpected pleasure to be gifted a pencil drawing from Bob Groves, the co-ordinator of the display.  I decided that, as my birthday fell on the Sunday of the show, I would shout myself a present and I bought myself a small framed acrylic painting.  So I now had two pieces to find wall space for when I returned home!

Saturday evening after close of business, the stallholders and CraftAlive crew gathered to celebrate the end of a most successful show season and also the birthdays – not only was it mine but it was Rosemary’s as well…so a double celebration was had.

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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!

A couple of the cards made by visitors to the Crafter's Cafe at Griffith Craft Alive

A couple of the cards made by visitors to the Crafter's Cafe at Griffith Craft Alive

The first Craft Alive show for the year is now over – what a great weekend we had!

It was wonderful to catch up with crafty friends I hadn’t seen for a year as well as having the chance to meet new people.  The new workshop format caught many visitors and stallholders by surprise – they were expecting food and drink to be served here! We did have bright pink ‘glasses’ of lollies on the tables for the students but that was all!

The Crafter’s Cafe gave visitors the opportunity for one on one instruction in patchwork, beading, crochet, knitting and stitchery with Elizabeth from Aussie Patches, Kerry from Beadshack, local crafty whiz Jo and myself.

Stitchery designs from Ella and Skysie

Stitchery designs from Ella and Skysie

Looking forward to the next Craft Alive to be held at the new venue of Catholic  College Wodonga in a few weeks time!

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