Media Alert – 10 May 2011

The Old Bus Depot Markets will be busily clicking its knitting needles at the A Celebration of Wool event to be held this coming Sunday, 15 May.

Now in its sixteenth year, the event showcases top quality Australian made wool products from around the country and will see 46 extra specialist wool stalls take part. Craftspeople come from the Canberra region, NSW, Victoria, and South Australia to participate in and showcase their quality Australian made wool products.

The markets will feature products of the finest quality including hand felted garments and accessories, designer knitwear, millinery, weavings, funky beanies and farm label knitwear. The fantastic range of specialist yarns are always a huge drawcard for knitters and include hand carded and hand dyed yarns, natural yarns and Wensleydale yarns. Regional Guilds will also provide demonstrations of hand spinning, hand felting, and other traditional wool based crafts. 

This year’s stallholders include Louise Rimmer who comes from Sydney and does really quirky knitted or handfelted tea cosies.  Veronica Bell farms Wensleydale sheep, a very rare breed of sheep in Australia, and she spins and makes jumpers and hats from the soft yarn in muted colours.  Kerrie Webster, a local who attended the ANU School of Art, hand dyes yarns for knitters in the region.  And Michelle Snowdon, an indie yarn-maker & fibre artist who creates exquisite wearable textile art, will bring her one of a kind designs including scarves, beanies and a range of textile jewellery.

Other stallholders will have felted bags, beanies galore, wool quilts and bedding, mittens, Fez hats, and fine woollen undergarments – and all just in time for winter!

A Celebration of Wool at the Old Bus Depot Markets will be open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 15 May and entry is free.  For more information visit www.obdm.com.au

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