A stitch in time for craft queen Lynell

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

HOURS of stitch­ing, cut­ting, thread­ing and pat­terns has paid div­i­dends as Lynell Jen­dra im­pressed judges with four dif­fer­ent pieces of art­work at the Ekka.

The Lowood Show So­ci­ety pres­i­dent won first place with her stretch sewing t-shirt, was awarded run­ner-up for both a boy’s t-shirt in the creative art and sewing cat­e­gory and a pair of men’s py­ja­mas, and came third for her patch­work on a small wall.

A veteran in the fine art of sewing and patch­work, Mrs Jen­dra has been per­fect­ing her craft for more than 50 years.

She said while there was no se­cret to suc­cess, she strug­gled to teach oth­ers.

“I don’t think there is any se­cret to it, I have a cou­ple of lit­tle tricks I do dif­fer­ently to other peo­ple, I’ve tried to ex­plain it to them but they’ve never worked out how to do it,” Mrs Jen­dra said.

Being pre­cise is key if you ask Mrs Jen­dra, if her sewing doesn’t pass her own cri­tique, she starts again.

“I’m fussy, I make sure I do it neatly and there’s no threads hang­ing,” Mrs Jen­dra said.

“It has to be neat, has to be pre­sented well.”

Mrs Jen­dra has en­tered her work for so many years she’s lost count; she at­tended shows across her re­gional sub-cham­ber, in­clud­ing Mar­burg, Ip­swich, Gat­ton and Lowood.

This year she also at­tended the Kal­bar show.

“I mainly stick to the sewing sec­tion, I’ve had dif­fer­ent items this year than what I had last year,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

SEC­OND PLACE: A boy’s shirt and pants set was run­ner-up in the creative art and craft sewing class.

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