Intricate needlecraft

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Judy Ramsdale has always had a keen interest in needlework but moved away from the craft before rekindling her love in the past decade.

Now Judy is creating beautiful smocks and winning prizes for her craft, all of which she is creating locally. 

“I made a tablecloth at school but never finished it so I decided to finish it when I had to retire from work due to my Parkinson’s,” Judy said.

“That got me going on doing more needlework because I always had a liking of it. 

“I like the really fine needlework but the one in the picture of the little child wearing it, I nearly gave up on because it was so hard,” Judy said. 

“Then I got a cloth off my mum when we were cleaning out her house and I asked if I could finish it because it was also only partly completed.

“My daughter also wanted some of my sewing represented at her wedding so I made a table placing to put under her wedding cake.”

Judy has been involved and entered many of her needlecraft articles into the Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricutural Show over the past seven to eight years and received numerous awards.

“I’ve entered different articles over the years and always seem to win a couple of firsts and seconds locally at the show but I have never had one go this far,” Judy said. 

“One of my articles won locally and went to the regionals in Wangaratta which is for the whole district.

“I then won that, and they gave me a form to send it to the Royal Melbourne Show.

“As far as I know, no one from Yarrawonga has had an article go from Yarrawonga to regionals to then win that and go on to the Melbourne show, so I am very proud of that.” 

Judging for the Melbourne show commenced last Friday with Judy awaiting to hear how she faired. 

“The judging of the article is of the smocking and the making up of the article as well as the sewing of the outfit,” Judy said.  

“I’m struggling now to be able to do the finer work which makes it more challenging but I’m going to keep doing it while I can.

“I also give a lot of my stuff away after I do it, it’s nice for it to be of use and I think after you do something like this, somebody should be able to enjoy it.

“I’m also making some to sell on the trade table at our Parkinson’s walk.

“I’m just trying to encourage people to enter so we can keep the craft going locally.”

At the 2018 Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show three different needlecraft competitions will be held with many varying events throughout. 

There will be a needlework section, embroidery and appliqué section, knitting and crochet, patchwork, quilting, appliqué, needlecraft, handspun and many more as well as age sections for the junior needlecraft.

There is an entry fee of $1 per entry in the Needlecraft – Section G and a 50c entry in the Junior competition. 

Prizes and classes vary with the opportunity for winning articles to go to regional and state levels.

Exhibitors sending needlework to the Secretary are requested to firmly fix Exhibit Ticket to work and in the case of collection, to have different pieces joined by tape.  

In the Open Section, no more than 3 entries are permitted per person in a class.  

All entries must be delivered to the Main Pavilion between 8.30am and 6pm on Thursday, October 5 and can be collected between 6pm and 6.30pm Saturday, October 7 or alternatively Sunday, October 8 between 9.30am and 11am.   

Make sure to make your way to the showgrounds on Saturday, October 6 to view the beautiful, intricate articles of the varying needlework sections at the 2018 Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show.