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Crochet way to relax

A CROCHETED table runner of leaves has earned a state title for Toni Shea.

It was the first time the Campbell’s Forest Country Women’s Association member has enjoyed the organisation’s annual state creative arts exhibition.

“Each year there is a different theme and this year it was leaves,” she said.

Toni crocheted two runners for the exhibition - her individual entry and the group exhibit.

“The group didn’t get a place but I was lucky to catch the eye of judges,” Toni said.

Judges commented that Toni’s runner was “beautifully crocheted, well tensioned”.

Toni said one of her runners had been pulled apart five times before she was happy with the finished piece,

The aged care worker said crocheting while watching tele-vision was relaxation at the end of a working day. “I can’t just sit and watch television, I have to be doing something.”

Toni said she taught herself to crochet as a youngster, picking up tips from family.

“Mum has always been a very good knitter but I never had the co-ordination to hold two need-les at once,” she said.

“I started doing squares for rugs and progressed from there. Working in aged care, I also like to do handkerchiefs ... the residents love them, they always have to have a handkerchief with them,”

Toni is already preparing for the 2022 exhibition where the theme will be “quotations”

“The thinking cap is on,” she said. “It’s an interesting theme and will be a challenge.”

Toni has become a regular exhibitor at the exhibition and Bendigo Show since the local CWA branch was formed in 2018.


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