HELPING HAND: Volunteer Chiveau Cromack helps the Jacaranda Embroidery Group set up its bien- nial exhibition at the South Graf
HELPING HAND: Volunteer Chiveau Cromack helps the Jacaranda Embroidery Group set up its bien- nial exhibition at the South Graf

For the love of sewing


OPENING the Jacaranda Embroidery Group's biennial exhibition tomorrow will be 90-year-old member Joan Harrison.

Mrs Harrison has been sewing since 1977 and is the oldest active member of the group.

She clearly lives every day by the group's motto: 'On happy days when I can stitch, my life runs smooth without a hitch'.

The exhibition is on at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club and will run until Saturday.

Members prepare pieces for the show over two years and while there are too many on display to count, very few are for sale.

"We do it for our own pleasure," said another group member, Irene Butcher.

"We collect all the ones we've done for display. We even get the ones we give away as presents back for it."

There are 45 members in the group and the money raised from raffles and entry into the exhibition is being donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and palliative care.

"On average, we manage to raise about $6000. We'll be looking for the same amount this year," Mrs Butcher said.

A Christmas display has been set up with everything from doilys and pillows to curtain tassels on show.

But for members, one of the more special sections is in memory of Nance Flaherty, an embroider who passed away one year ago.



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