Intricate skill on show at the Western Plains Spinners, Weavers and Craft Group’s annual show in Mortlake

Hands on: Ann Nicholls works the loom before the Western Plains Spinners, Weavers and Craft Group annual show. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Hands on: Ann Nicholls works the loom before the Western Plains Spinners, Weavers and Craft Group annual show. Picture: Rob Gunstone

There will be skilled hands at work spinning, weaving, flower-arranging, felting, and wood-turning on display at Mortlake this weekend.

The Western Plains Spinners, Weavers and Craft Group’s annual show, which usually attracts at least 1000 attendees, will showcase the work of artisans from across the region.

Noorat-based woman Val Lynch has been part of the group for 21 years, and learnt to spin locally-produced wool when she joined up.

She said she found the process of turning raw wool into yarn and then using it to knit relaxing.

“It’s starting to come back a little bit,” Mrs Lynch said. “It’s amazing how many kids come up and want to how you do this, and how you do that. They’re fascinated by it, which is good to see.”

The long-time spinner and knitter said interest in traditional crafts remained.

“What goes around usually comes around again,” Mrs Lynch said.

The group gets together every Tuesday, and holds a club meeting every third Saturday.

Group member Ann Nicholls, who founded the craft show four years ago, said its purpose was to demonstrate the skills out there.

“We’re encouraging new members, so if any craft takes anyone’s fancy they can come along and learn it with us,” she said.

Ms Nicholls said there was self-satisfaction in being able to produce work, and it was also useful.

The Lismore-based resident, who has been involved in the group for 10 years, said her specialty was weaving.

Ms Nicholls said people should come out to the show because they will not believe all the things they can do.

“People just think ‘yes, knitting and crocheting’, but they don’t think of anything else. There are so many different crafts you can try.”

Entry to the event is by gold coin donation at the Soldiers Memorial Hall in Mortlake.

The show will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 4pm, and will feature exhibitions, demonstrations, sales and a small handmade item competition.

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