Dubbo's Craft Alive features bobbin lace stall and more

Fine work: Dubbo Bobbin Lace Group member Elizabeth Allen (right) shares her skills with Michelle Day and Tracy Hansen. Photo: AMY MCINTYRE.
Fine work: Dubbo Bobbin Lace Group member Elizabeth Allen (right) shares her skills with Michelle Day and Tracy Hansen. Photo: AMY MCINTYRE.

A time-honoured skill has attracted new followers as Dubbo indulged in a craft fix at the weekend.

Members of Dubbo Bobbin Lace Group, from beginners to the more experienced, demonstrated their fine work to an interested public.

The group was one of the stallholders at the visiting Craft Alive expo, which showcased colourful products and new inspirations.

Dubbo Bobbin Lace Group member Elizabeth Allen said they had received a fantastic reaction from the public.

“It’s an old-fashioned craft that goes back to European times to about 1150, but our Aboriginal friends were making their fishing nets 3000 years ago, using the same method,” she said.

Mrs Allen was there to guide those taking up the challenge.

“I’ve got two new ladies here from Wellington,” she said.

“One is an absolute beginner, and the other one is picking it up again after a gap of a number of years.

“But it’s open to all and anywhere, and I’m happy to travel to teach people.”

The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month during the day, and an evening group meets on the first and the third Wednesday of the month from about 3.30pm to 8.30pm.

The three-day Craft Alive wrapped up on Sunday.