The Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny comes alive July 8th and 9th with a magical celebration of winter arts and crafts. KNITFEST - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival aims to give visitors a chance to discover new skills and creativity using yarns and fibres.
Under 1.5 hrs north of Brisbane, this will be a fun day out, or weekend get-away for the whole family and a must do for anyone with a passion for yarn and fibre arts. The town's streetscape will literally be wrapped in art, as the Knitfest Team yarnbomb trees, buildings and inanimate objects.
There will be 7' high sculptures made from fibre, guest speakers, workshops, displays, demonstrations, trade stalls, music and craft markets The festival aim's to promote yarn and fibre crafts, Fibre artists as well as the regional town of Maleny and all it's many tourist attractions. Ride the Knitfest 'Mystic Bus' as it weaves its way around the Festival Precinct. It's yarnbombed of course.
Knitfest has a lot packed into 2 full days, including 26 workshops from prominent fibre artists, tree cosy competitions where groups or business's can choose a tree to decorate, as well as competitions for Best Beanie, Best Scarf/shawl/socks and Best Tea Cosy. All entries are only $5 and you could win $100 first prize. Yarns and fibres on display will include knitting, crochet, basket weaving, spinning, felting, weaving plus lots more.
One of the highlights of the festival is the unique and inspiring workshops featuring dyeing wool with eucalyptus leaves and Indigo dyeing, felting a bowl or scarf, dry felting pocket sized faeries, gnomes and mermaids, textile basket weaving using silk threads. There are lots of crochet and knitting workshops too. You can even learn to crochet a stunning filigree bracelet with wire and crystals. Bookings are now open, so visit the website to book your place early.
www.knitfest.com.au Yarnbombing is the showcase feature of the festival. Originating in the USA it has now spread worldwide and has an incredible ability to transform public spaces into bright, warm, creative zones. Yarnbombing on such a grand scale doesn't happen overnight, our Knitfest volunteers have been working hard year round, to prepare the many yarnbombing projects for this year's event.
The Maleny Police station wall, will feature a 'DR WHO TARDIS' theme, as their very own Police Box, which required 132 squares created over 9 months in 'Tardis blue' to complete the project. Over 1,000 triangles were needed decorate the shop fronts with knitted/crocheted bunting for the event. Knitfest encourages festival goers to bring their knitting needles and crochet hooks for random acts of street art. The Knitfest team are the craftiest recyclers ever!
They have taken unwanted yarn, unfinished knitting and crochet projects, yarn from deceased estates and donated yarns, to put together enough pieces to yarnbomb the main street of Maleny.
After the festival is over all pieces used will be again repurposed for pet shelters, rugs for Aged Care Centres or given to groups like Maleny's Busy Needles, who knit for charities etc. Knitfest's yarnbombing workshop volunteers meet every week to work on pieces for the festival. They are open to any kind of donations from near and far. If you would like to become involved in this creative festival please see contact details below, all ages welcome. The Program Guide and all information on how to get involved, volunteer, book a workshop or enter the competitions, is on their website www.knitfest.com.au.
Knitfest Yarn and Fibre Festival
9am to 5pm
8 July to 9 July 2017
Maleny State Primary School Bunya St. Maleny
Maleny State School, Maleny
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