Crafty ideas attract keen buyers to expo

DAPHNE Barlow was just one eager crafter on the prowl for something new at the annual CQ Stitches, Craft and Hobby Expo yesterday.

The Yeppoon resident travelled to the Rockhampton Showgrounds to take advantage of the unique and different products on offer.

Mrs Barlow said she was looking for supplies to help with her craft of making journals from fabric, lace and photographs. "I'm always looking for something different.

"I found some beautiful handmade buttons to add that little extra touch.

"I've just bought some braid to embellish my craft,'' she said.

Diane Chalk, of Di's Dazzling Dolls, was exhibiting at the expo and had been more than happy with the turnout.

Diane said she had flown from Brisbane to exhibit and would "most likely'' be back next year.

Expo event manager Bob Carroll said the expo continued to be bigger and better.

He said the expo had been extended to run for four days by popular demand.

Mr Carroll said the workshops had been popular and the Brentwood Bears stand, stamp, doll-making and fabric- making stalls continued to draw interest.

He said there had been a resurgence in craft as sewing became more of an artform than a old-fashioned past-time for women.

"Sewing is more accepted now, even kids are interested,'' Mr Carroll said.

"They really enjoy the beads and jewellery-making.

"The beauty about craft is that it's an inexpensive art, which can be useful with people making anything from bags to hats to quilts and bedding.''

The expo will continue at the Rockhampton Showgrounds' Walter Pierce Pavilion from 9am to 4pm today and tomorrow, finishing on Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

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