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 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.
This entry was knitted and felted and contained all one needs in one bag.to go crafting – ingenious.
Felted Hat – gumnut or wattle style.
Felted Banksia man
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.
May Gibbs Book
This garment was spun and woven by the grower of the wool.
This was the winner of the Gumnut theme section and is spun and knitted completely by hand, amazing work, sorry no better images.
Felted donut vest
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.
Spun wool and woven garment
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.