L-R Ina Le Bas and Betty Cox from Crawford House, Alstonville getting ready for their upcoming exhibition, Stiches Through Time and Lace.
L-R Ina Le Bas and Betty Cox from Crawford House, Alstonville getting ready for their upcoming exhibition, Stiches Through Time and Lace. Patrick Gorbunovs

Tradition gets modern twist with new Alstonville exhibition

INTRICATE handicrafts take the prime position at Crawford House this month with the exhibition Stitches through Time and Lace, a showing of how historic crafts can produce unique contemporary works of art.

The pieces on display are made by 26 local people who are part of the Lismore and District Embroiderers Guild and the Wollongbar Lace Group who meet at Crawford House regularly to learn and create new pieces together.

There are articles made with gold thread, lace accessories, old tablecloths, patchwork, a lace-fitted dollhouse, and even contemporary works like a lace phone case, Ina le Bas and Betty Cox of the two groups, said.

"It's not just doilies and handkerchiefs," Mrs le Bas said.

Mrs Cox said within the exhibition she loved the use of old threads being used in contemporary ways - with the old designs (also on display) inspiring the group to create new modern pieces.

They've both been involved with their respective groups for years.

"(The best thing is) the friendship," Mrs Cox said.

Stitches through Time and Lace will be at Crawford House until April 27. Open Fridays 10am-1pm and Sundays 1-4pm plus Saturday, April 12.

Further works are being shown at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina until April 6.

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with the Embroiderers Guild, phone Lynnie on 6628 5314.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Lace Group phone Ina on 6628 5457.


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