Stitch up a crafty bar­gain at garage sale

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By ANITA McPHER­SON

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

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