Well, what a beaut day here at Riverfront.  Today our “in house group” of nine was joined by six day visitors.

The day began with paper bead making.  Mieke brought her lovely examples of paper bead earings and bracelets – a fascinating craft of using paper strips cut from used magazines etc which are rolled on a tooth pick to make cylindrical shapes.  These shapes are then coated with a epoxy, varnish or clear nail polish to harden the shapes.  The colours which result from the rolled stips present endless possibilities.

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Following the paper beading we moved on to making Dorset buttons – an age old method of handmaking buttons.  History of this craft is intriguing and worth the time to read. Those who gathered around the table for the button making continued on for the entire afternoon and finally produced some terrifically artistic buttons and brooches.

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Early afternoon found us judging the Limerick Comp which challanged those attending the Renaissance Weekend to write limericks to be judged today.

The winner of the comp was Sandra Johnson with:

There is a group out Lachlan way

And boy have they got a lot to say

They laugh and spin and sew and knit a lot

Their friendships have grown as solid as gold

They hope they will still be together when they are old!

Second prize – Tanya Heron with:

There once was a lady named Cathie

Who was having fun and got chatty

She knocked over her wine

So she had to drink mine

And then we both got a cabbie!

Third prize – Cathie Sargent with:

Sandra is our organising mother figure

She’s seen the New Norfolk group grow much bigger

She’s steadfast and true

Oversees our happy crew

And maintains all our skill with great vigour!


As if all of the above was not enough for any crafter for one day, our girls also worked on projects involving knitting, crochet, more stick weaving, patchwork, spinning

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Thank you girls for another lovely day which was helped along by the abundance of yummy goodies you all brought along to share.

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