Friday, August 31, 2007

Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Alice Springs hosts an Annual Beanie Festival where people from all over the world can come together and celebrate the creative form of the beanie hat. The festival supports workshops and programs in remote Aboriginal communities. Alice Springs now has its very own Beanie Industry where Indigenous women design and make wearable works of art.

This year the Beanie Festival was held from June 29th to July 2nd. Creative workshops included Scrumbling or free-form crochet, felting techniques, Japanese braiding, Pandanus twining, free-form knitting, bush lanterns and dilly bag construction using netting techniques. I particularly enjoyed making a dilly bag using the same techniques that indigenous people use all over the world. I added a few bird feathers for embellishment.

We did a few short road trips to take in the stark, red beauty of Alice Springs. Standley Chasm is very accessible. The walking track lets you take in the red rocks, white ghost gums and brilliant blue skies.

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