Australian Wool Show And A Winner!

Australian Wool Show And A Winner!

This is a guest post from Sue B. (chookie on the forum) who recently visited the Bendigo – Australian Wool Show. She does apologize for the quality of the photos as they were taking on her phone in crowds with moving models. Thanks for sharing Sue!


Fibre anyone?  3 days at the Bendigo – Australian Wool Show saw me both exhausted,spent out and very satisfied. With seven sheds of crafts and handiwork plus so many fibre and craft sellers/suppliers and demonstrators of everything from sewing machines to felting rollers, it took all of three days to see everything. Not counting the sheep judging of every breed in Australia plus some goats, shearing, sheepdog trials and all the tents with outside sellers selling everything from food ,clothing to tractors and all in between. Another large marquis was given over to education and many higher education facilities had stalls plus some student work in the fields of wool and wool craft or wool fashion. I was so busy looking I often forgot to take pics. LOL

eco dyed scarf

 Eco dyed entry in the Wool Craft Section – one full shed contained entries for all types of wool craft and all under glass so it was hard to avoid reflections in the images – my apologies for them.

crafting bag

 This entry was knitted and felted and contained all one needs in one go crafting –  ingenious.

gunmut or wattle hat

Felted Hat – gumnut or wattle style.

banksia hat Banksia Hat

felt hat

 Felted entries

Woven entries

Woven entries

Felt Banksia Man

Felted Banksia man

wattle scarf

Wattle Scarf

Felted entries

 Felted Entries

On day one I was lucky enough to catch the Wool Fashion Parade with felting,weaving and knitting  – and sometimes all on one garment – what fun and so well done. Unfortunately with the compere speaking and me taking pictures I didn’t get the details written down, but here are some catwalk images – sorry about the quality – I was using my phone and above and around spectators when I could get there.The theme for the entire show was based on May Gibbs Books “The Gumnut Babies”. Each catwalk entry was themed to this subject.

Gumnut Babies book

May Gibbs Book

spun and woven wool coat

This garment was  spun and woven by the grower of the wool.

gumnut theme, spun, knitted by hand

 This was the winner of the Gumnut theme section and is spun and knitted completely by hand, amazing work, sorry no better images.

felted vest

 Felted vest

felted donut vest

Felted donut  vest

Banksia Man felted, leather, metal

 This entry was based on the Banksia Men from the story.(they were the bad guys).Felted, leather & metal.

spun and woven garment with fleece felted trim front

 Spun and woven garment with fleece felted trim.

spun and woven garment with fleece felted trim back

Back view

spun wool and woven garment

Spun wool and woven garment

banksia man

The Big Bad Banksia Man – All felted garment & boots.

Thanks for the post Sue!

And to announce the winner of the drawing for a place in Teri Berry’s online class Felted Concertina Hats…  Drum roll please…

The winner is: Barbara Ferrante

Congratulations Barbara, Teri will be contacting you shortly!

For those of you who didn’t win and would like to sign up for the class there are a few spots left, first come, first served. Registration for the class ends on August 9th and the class begins on August 11th. See the class page for further information.

7 thoughts on “Australian Wool Show And A Winner!

  1. Thank you Sue. The show was too far away for me to go but with your words and photos I had a lovely visit! It must have been amazing.

  2. Looks like a great Show Sue. One day I will get to one of the big sows here but all require over night stays. They look like so much fun.
    Congratulations to Barbara Ferrante for her win.

  3. Thanks for sharing Sue! Three full days of fiber. All I can say is wow.
    Congratulations to Barbara.

  4. Wow, the show looks amazing Sue, I’m especially envious of the fashion parade, not something we often see in the uk.

    Congratulations Barabara! I will send you a refund via PayPal and a follow up email.

  5. That was some Show Sue! Well worth your trip and little wonder you were so exhausted afterwards, 🙂 Thanks for sharing your photos.

    Congratulations to Barbara, the lucky winner of Teri’s Felted Hat Class. 🙂

  6. Wow, that really does look like a great show! Thanks for taking the time to take photos and do a post for us 🙂
    Congratulations, Barbara!

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