Today: Lismore Craft and Quilters 35th Birthday Show
SEW your way downtown today and stitch up some time at the Lismore Craft and Quilters 35th Birthday Show.
The show, showcasing all things needlework, kicked off yesterday and is celebrating a certain special occasion this year - 35 years of the Lismore Craft and Quilters.
From traditional pieces to the more contemporary styles, St Paul's Memorial Hall is packed to the brim with quilts and crafts booming with colour.
The special guest at this year's show is Gloria McKinnon, who was born and raised in the Lismore area, before moving away and becoming the owner of renowned Central Coast store Anne's Glory Box, international tutor, author, and facilitator of many well-regarded teachers coming to Australia.
As the club grows in age, it's also branched out in styles and gained new members.
Elizabeth Clarke, of Goonellabah, runs evening meets on a Monday for younger people and those who work, at McLeans Ridges Hall.
What began as a way to accommodate those who worked during the day who also wanted to get involved, has grown into a thriving group of about 30 quilters and crafters by night.
Mrs Clarke has been part of the Lismore Craft and Quilters for 25 years.
"It's in the blood," she said.
She's not wrong - her own mother, Phyllis Gibbon, is part of the quilting community, and so was her mother, and her grandmother - just how far back it goes, Mrs Gibbon wasn't sure.
Mrs Clarke's 13-year-old daughter, Bernadette, has now gotten involved too.
Needlework is something special to so many people, Mrs Clarke said.
"It's all about the friendship, the inspiration, the colour, the support," she said.
Not only do the Craft and Quilters get together to share their passion and learn together, but they also use their skills for many community projects.
The Lismore Craft and Quilters Show at St Paul's Memorial Hall, Keen Street Lismore, today 10am-6pm.
For more information about the Lismore Craft and Quilters, or to get involved in the meets, call Elizabeth on 0435203609