Stitch up a crafty bargain at garage sale
CRAFT lovers will have the opportunity to secure an heirloom piece created by one of the region’s most experienced and committed knitters when Wendy Norman holds an extraordinary garage sale tomorrow morning.
The “Wendy’s Web” gallery owner is reducing her collection and selling off some of her stunning works of art and craft including christening gowns, matinee jackets, dolls clothes, scarves, beanies and more, to raise money for the Stitched Up Textile Festival.
Wendy has been knitting for more than six decades and is a founding member of the Stitched Up Textile Festival committee which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019 when the next major event will be held.
But she’s modest about her own prodigious talent – instead complimenting the beautiful work of other committee members and festival friends. “I’m just a knitter,” she said. “I love craft – I still love it – but I’m at the stage now where I’m backing off a bit.
“I hope by selling these bits and pieces it will be successful and help the festival.”
Wangaratta Textile Arts Association secretary Kathy Beilby said Wendy goes to every committee meeting and has been a huge financial supporter of the show, selling raffle tickets, raising money and at one stage helping keep the committee afloat.
She said the funds raised will help cover costs associated with promoting and running what has become a major drawcard event on the textile calendar.
“While we usually get a grant to help us along, we run on the smell of an oily rag,” she said.
“Wendy’s fundraising has been particularly important.”
The garage sale will be held at 1 Orkney Street in Wangaratta tomorrow morning from 8.30am until 12pm where a huge range of items will be up for grabs at bargain prices, representing thousands of hours of Wendy’s handiwork.
HAND CRAFTED: A wide range of Wendy Norman’s one of a kind pieces will be on display at the garage sale tomorrow morning. PHOTO: Mel Guy