Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bendigo Diary - Day 2 2011

Another day of tramping the exhibition halls!  Whew - still so much to see.  Today SigOther and I investigated the sheepies and the fleeces.  From the svelt Dorpers, feature breed this year (no wool to speak of but cute boys) to the OTT Lincolns with their 'bad hair day' looks with all the rest in between.  I re-visited my favourite Finn Sheep and we watched the fine merino groups being judged.  Couldn't find any Tassie sheep but a few prize-winning fleeces were in evidence.
Highlight was the Wearable Art Fashion Parade.  Sue Evans' entry made it onto the catwalk.  Another congrats Sue with first in her class but pipped at the post by the stunning fantasy entry from Box Hill Spinners and Weavers.  All entrants justly deserved to be up there!

I did some more networking for our little shop and there was lots of interest.  Hopefully we will see some lovely ladies who are coming over for Deloraine in November and several more who I hope will visit Oatlands when next they come to Tasmania.  Huge huge hugs and many thanks to the lovely Mandie of EGMTK who was just fantastic, and to the gorgeous Charly of Ixchelbunny.

That's it for me @ Bendigo this year.  Photos of stash carried home shortly!

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Oatlands Handmade and The Lucky Ewe @ Oatlands Handmade is a little gallery shop in Oatlands, Tasmania, right opposite the Callington Flour Mill. We feature the work of Tasmanian artisan craftspeople working in handmade design - mostly textile based. For you to buy we have unique handmade Jewellery, Handwoven and Felted Clothing and Accessories, Gifts, Cards, and so much more! Brands include Wendy Koolhof, Sue Evans I Felt, Lyns Maille sterling silver jewellery and my own Rowena brand. We stock Fleeces and Fibres, Knitting Wool and Silk, Hand dyed Yarns, Custom Art Batts for felting and spinning, exquisite drop and supported spindles and lace bobbins, Knitting Needles and buttons, Books, Patterns and Craft Kits and we are a working Spinning and Weaving Studio.