A touch of flo­ral fin­ery By BRAD WOR­RALL

Myrtleford Times - - LOVE THE LIFE -

ONE of the unsung he­roes of the Myrtle­ford Fes­ti­val takes place in the Unit­ing Church – but its ori­gins are months in the mak­ing.

The church and its ad­join­ing hall are turned into a riot of colour and craft as part of a “Cel­e­bra­tion in Flow­ers and Em­broi­dery”.

Last year there were more than 300 pieces of craft and needle­work on dis­play over the Labour Day long week­end as well as more than 50 flo­ral ar­range­ments.

Lor­raine McCarthy said the ex­hi­bi­tion has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion of its own over the past 16 years – largely through word of mouth.

“It’s not a com­pe­ti­tion but a dis­play of tex­tile items – ev­ery­thing from quilts to teddy bears – as well as some in­cred­i­ble flo­ral ar­range­ments,” she said.

“Peo­ple travel to see this each year, it is quite re­mark­able.

“Many of the craft items are the re­sults of long hours and painstak­ing work.

“We are still look­ing for en­tries in all types of needle­work cre­ations and they don’t have to be new – we would love to put on dis­play older items that may have been cre­ated by moth­ers, grand­moth­ers, aun­ties or friends. FINE DE­TAIL: An­gela Isherwood, Carolyn Bren­nan and Lor­raine McCarthy will have more than 300 flo­ral and needle­work ar­range­ments on dis­play at the Unit­ing Church.

“There is no en­try fee – you just and will also bring some in from have to get the items to us by the the Mel­bourne mar­kets,” she said. Tues­day.” “We have a won­der­ful group

Carolyn Bren­nan will put towho are in­cred­i­bly cre­ative – gether the flower show on the many peo­ple say the ar­range­ments Fri­day be­fore the long week­end. are on par and bet­ter than what you

“We sourced some lo­cal flow­ers would see in a cap­i­tal city.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run on Satur­day, Sun­day and fin­ish at 1pm Mon­day at the Unit­ing Church on the cor­ner of Al­bert Street and Great Alpine Road.

Fo r m o r e d e t a i l s v i s i t the­myrtle­ford­fes­ti­val.com.au.

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