DOILIES might be sweet and delicate to look at, but don't mess with the women who crochet them.
As Ramornie woman Carrol Baker knows well, there is more than a touch of rivalry between the regular entrants
“We keep each other's work up to scratch, you have a look and think 'oh I could've done that,'” she said.
From a 90-year-old woman to a teenage girl, the complicated art of crochet is hotly contested by many crafty entrants each year.
Carrol has been entering her work into shows since 1991, when she first entered the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
Since then, she has been a regular on the show circuit, creating crochet designs for the annual Grafton and Sydney events.
She said each design, such as the intricate, pansy lined doily pictured in the photograph, took months to complete.
It may sound like a long time, but Carrot admitted her progress could be a little slow at times.
“I usually just do a bit each night in front of the telly,” she said.
With hours of effort involved in each piece, you won't find Carrol's creations underneath a coffee mug.
Each piece is carefully put away after the show each year.
She said had noticed designs change over the years, with thicker work now coming back into fashion.
“When I started there were a lot of thicker designs and I think I shook things up a bit with my thinner designs,” she said with a laugh.
This year, Carrol entered three different designs into the Grafton Show.
In previous years, she has won a swag of awards for her doilies, including grand champion at Grafton Show.
When The Daily Examiner had a sneak peek at the pavilion this week, Carrol had taken out second place with one of her creations.
With officials still judging many exhibits throughout the week, stay tuned for the results in upcoming issues of The Daily Examiner.
The Pavilion will be open to the public at the Grafton Show on Friday and Saturday.
With exhibits ranging from arts, crafts, horticulture, cooking, and home brew, there is sure to be something to entice everyone to take a look.
Junior exhibitors have also been catered for with special sections in art, craft, cooking, needlework and photography.
Although entries to most sections have already closed, people can still bring in cooking, floral art, cut flowers and decorated cakes until early this morning.
For more information, contact Grafton Show Pavilion chief steward Wendy Noble on 6642 6389 or 0412 622 854.
“We keep each other's work up to scratch, you have a look around and think, I could've done that”