Never a cross word in darning for show

IF you can knit, sew or crochet it, chances are Maclean woman Barbara Wallace has made it.

For the past few weeks she has been busily creating her unique wares in time for the Maclean Show, which starts tomorrow.

Mrs Wallace first started entering the Maclean Show about 40 years ago, but her competitive streak in competitions started long before that.

“When I was a child growing up in Nambour (in Queensland), we always entered shows,” she said.

“It's something that I've just kept up.”

These days, she is more likely to knit and crochet baby items, doll clothes, beanies and scarves, but in the past she has also made bigger items.

Mrs Wallace said she enjoyed being crafty because it was relaxing.

“I just enjoy it, I do it for the fun of it,” she said.

Even so, she admitted there was some friendly rivalry between competitors.

“I guess there is some, a lot of us know each other,” she said.

However, if you are thinking of entering handicrafts this year, you are unlikely to find your knitting unravelled on show day, with Mrs Wallace encouraging new people to try their hand at this year's exhibition.

“It's a shame when there's not more in the competition,” she said “Just have a go, it's great fun.”

  •  Today is the last chance to get your items in for the Maclean Show. Visit the show office by 11am today or contact 6645 1532.

'Just have a go, it's great fun.'

Barbara Wallace


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