Friday, October 26, 2012

Craft and Sewing Show

Today some friends and I went to the Craft and Sewing Show at Caulfield Racecourse.  We were surprised with the timing of the show, given that it is the Spring Racing Carnival but apparently they had their last race there last weekend.  Actually, all I know about the Spring Racing Carnival is that we get a public holiday for Melbourne Cup day.  Not my thing at all. Bring on the footy season 2013 (don't ask me about the Grand Final this year).

Anyway ...  I had been thinking that I really needed a daylight lamp to help with my work - not getting any younger here.  I hadn't thought about getting one today but there they were, with show special prices and a free table lamp thrown in.  I usually look at these lamps when I am using public transport and can't be bothered carrying it but today there was free parking and it was way across Melbourne, so I had driven.  So I bit the bullet and bought one.

Beneath the Southern Sky was one of the exhibitions on display and I had to have another look - how often do you get to have work in one of these events?  The work was displayed slightly differently from the AQC, which is where I saw it last.  It had a light right on my work - very pleasing - and it was easier to see the connection with the surrounding works (at least, I thought so).  I remembered to take a photo of my work this time - but I had forgotten the camera, so it is taken using my phone.

Brenda Gael Smith was giving demonstrations of procion dyeing and we found that very interesting - enough for us to plan a dyeing day next week. Very inspiring.
She has a competition on her blog to comment on what we saw and we might win some of her fabrics: she says she has a lot since she has been demonstrating at a series of shows this year.  All in all, it was a very pleasant day.
Brenda and one of her wonderful works - as usual, the reality is so much better than images. 


Michelle said...

Anita bought me a daylight lamp for my birthday - it's awesome!! :D

Mary said...

Yes Michelle, they are so good, you can actually see what you are doing - and the colours.