Trib­ute piece a show win­ner

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE - By DE­LANEY COUROUPIS

It’s been 10 years since Linda Ma­her’s brother Matthew Caniglia died, aged 32.

Us­ing her tal­ent with a nee­dle and thread to hon­our him, Mrs Ma­her cre­ated an in­tri­cate por­trait of Matthew from cross stitch.

Orig­i­nally made for her mother Kay Caniglia, Mrs Ma­her en­tered the in­cred­i­bly de­tailed work in the Royal Mel­bourne Show.

It earned her the top prize in the cross stitch on linen cat­e­gory at the famed event.

‘‘I made it as a present for mum and I’m over the moon to win be­cause it is so spe­cial to me,’’ Mrs Ma­her said.

‘‘I love do­ing the work and I was both hon­oured and happy to win.’’

Her Mel­bourne Show recog­ni­tion con­tin­ues Mrs Ma­her’s streak, hav­ing en­joyed suc­cess at other lo­cal and re­gional com­pe­ti­tions through­out the year for the piece.

At the 2017 De­niliquin Show, she claimed the Mona Kerr Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for the best ex­hibit in the pavil­ion — for the fourth year in a row.

‘‘I haven’t en­tered the Mel­bourne Show in about 20 years, so I just thought, ‘why not?’,’’ she said.

‘‘I like a chal­lenge, and it def­i­nitely was that.

‘‘At the start I thought, ‘how am I go­ing to do this?’ be­cause there are so many colours, and it has 28 stitches per inch.

‘‘I re­ceived nice feed­back from the judges who said they couldn’t be­lieve it wasn’t a photo.’’

Hav­ing en­tered the De­niliquin Show since the 1980s, Mrs Ma­her’s home re­sem­bles a mu­seum of sorts, with her many pieces on dis­play for fam­ily and friends.

‘‘I won my first ma­jor award in 1997 at the Deni Show,’’ she said.

‘‘I like it (work­ing with a nee­dle and thread) be­cause it’s re­lax­ing, it takes your mind off things and you don’t have to think about any­thing while you do it.’’

Mrs Ma­her said her next project is ex­pected to be a ‘‘piece of white work with colour’’.

RIGHT: Linda Ma­her with the award-win­ning cross stitch por­trait of her late brother, Matthew Caniglia.

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