Rediscover old crafts at museum

Kyla Burhop and Amelia Ford have got into finger knitting as part of the yarn bombing project and Merimbula Festival that opens at the Old School Museum.
Kyla Burhop and Amelia Ford have got into finger knitting as part of the yarn bombing project and Merimbula Festival that opens at the Old School Museum.

They are tidying up the Old School Museum, sweeping the path and preparing to throw open the doors as this Saturday, August 17 will be the first of three weekends where numerous activities will take place in the museum grounds.

Already there is evidence of something happening with yarn bombing popping up around the museum and Merimbula Public School where 28 students have been clicking needles on Friday lunchtimes as they learn to knit.

Organised by Shirley Bazely of the Historical Society, the multi-faceted event promises to enliven the museum and its grounds over the duration of what Ms Bazley is calling the Merimbula Festival.

The first Saturday has a focus on crafts - and of course history.

The museum will be open for everyone to take a look at exhibits and there will be a couple of panels of Merimbula specific history on display with the history of bird calling, something for which Wolumla Public School students recently received first prize.

The Old School Museum getting a spruce up from Tony Russell while Shirley Bazley and Val Russell prepare to do some more yarn bombing.

The Old School Museum getting a spruce up from Tony Russell while Shirley Bazley and Val Russell prepare to do some more yarn bombing.

From 10am-3pm there will be several craft demonstrations and so if you have ever wondered about the art of bonsai, an expert from the Canberra Arboretum will be on hand to show how to make and care for these exquisitely tiny trees.

You can discover the art of book binding, with a talk by the president of the Canberra Book Binding Club or find out how to make felt from the local felting group.

And if fly fishing interests you, there's someone to talk about putting together a fly lure.

Leather plaiting, crochet, knitting and quilting experts will be available to talk about getting started and there will be a quilt display in the courtyard of the museum.

The Wobbles Ukulele Group will play brackets from 11am-1pm and Merimbula Lions will run a barbecue in the grounds. There will be a coffee van and cakes, slices and biscuits available to buy, Mrs Bazley said.

Behind the activity which goes over three Saturdays, Mrs Bazley hopes to raise the profile of the Old School Museum and encourage community involvement.

What she has done so far is encourage a new generation of knitters at Merimbula PS where they are already decorating the school fence.

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