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Knitfest - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, Maleny

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
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I will be at my knits end if I forget
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Let's get down to the knitty gritty of a fabulously creative weekend


I'm definitely not trying to pull the wool over your eyes here, but the Knitfest - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival is an actual event and it's all about to hit the little hinterland town of Maleny, on the weekend of 6 and 7 July. The very out-of-the-ordinary Yarn & Fibre Arts Festival is a celebration of fibre arts and crafts, allowing the community of Maleny to exhibit their creative skills. These very imaginative Hinterlanders actually yarn bomb?* - okay, they got me here, I needed to research this new word to my vocabulary. According to Wikipedia '*yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.' Sure sounds like good, wool-some fun to me!

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No cows were hurt during the knitting of their coats


The main street in the town of Maleny is yarn bombed and decorated, becoming the focal point of fabulous art, creativity, workshops, music, trade stalls and craft markets. The Maleny Knitfest is a magically fun way for families to discover new hidden skills, talents and individuality, and all with the use of yarns, whether it be knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, spinning, weaving or felting. Get the family involved and join one of the many diverse workshops available at the Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, being hosted by very talented workshop presenters. Workshops can be viewed and booked online here. Online bookings for workshops close on Thursday 4 July at 9.00pm, after which time workshops can be booked at Knitfest Central at their ticket desk on the Festival weekend.

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A creative and colourful weekend is planned


Workshops available

Macrame Pot Hanger
Micromacrame Bracelets or Necklace
Shadow or Illusion Knitting
Horizontal Cable
Sushi Beads in Wool
Create a Felted Wool Glasses Case
Kids Club
Indigo and Shibori Cushions
Sock Fugglies
Knitting in the Extreme
African Flower Purse
Felted Bag
Needle Felt a Cosy Nest
Needle Felt a Nature Spirit
Introduction to Fair Isle
Creative weaving with cats claw and weed vines

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A very creative 1st Prize winner


Knitfest Maleny has a bit of a competitive spirit too, with competitions running for community groups, art associations and skilled artisans to utilise their decorating skills by adorning the trees with handmade art installations made of yarns and fibres. Competitions for the 'Best Beanie'; 'Scarf'; 'Shawl'; 'Tea Cosy' are also running, so nimble-fingered creatives need to get those fingers a-working. And the tassle at the end of the scarf? There is also some prize money available for the 'best' entrants in these competitions.

The theme for Knitfest 2019 is 'Australiana' and the aim is to celebrate all that is winter on the mountain.

In addition to all the woolly fun in the sun in Maleny, the Brisbane Astronomical Society will be hosting a 'Stargazing Night' at the Maleny Golf Club, with four massive telescopes plus a viewing platform. Donations will be accepted by the Brisbane Astronomical Society as payment for attendance to the Stargazing Night. Bookings are not required. Galaxy devotees need to bring a blanket and some extra warm clothing as it can get a tad chilly up on the mountain at night.

Knitfest, Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, Maleny, fibre arts, crafts, yarn bombing, art, creativity, workshops, music, trade stalls, craft markets, families, knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, spinning, weaving, felting, talented presenters, macrame, micromacrame, shadow knitting, horizontal cable, sushi beads in wool, felted wool glasses case, kids club, cushions, sock fugglies, African flower purse, felted bag, needle felt, fair isle, competitions, theme Australiana, Brisbane Astronomical Society, Stargazing Night, Secondhandland, Suitcase Markets, knitty gritty, come for the day, stay for the weekend
Suitcase Market


Crafters who are keen on selling their merchandise at the Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival or have second hand crafty items and/or equipment to sell, can follow the link to Secondhandland here or email knitfest@hotmail.com

Suitcase Markets - each stall at the Suitcase Markets is considered as one item, which costs $5 per stall. If you require a double stall, then please choose two as your quantity. Book your stall/s at the Suitcase Market here.

If you're not into selling, but still want to get in on the action, why not take a ride on the FREE yarn bombed bus as it travels up and down the Festival Precinct, showing off all the colourful attractions the Knitfest can muster. There will also be two Park 'n' Ride buses, running every twenty minutes, ferrying passengers to and from the event.

Knitfest, Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, Maleny, fibre arts, crafts, yarn bombing, art, creativity, workshops, music, trade stalls, craft markets, families, knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, spinning, weaving, felting, talented presenters, macrame, micromacrame, shadow knitting, horizontal cable, sushi beads in wool, felted wool glasses case, kids club, cushions, sock fugglies, African flower purse, felted bag, needle felt, fair isle, competitions, theme Australiana, Brisbane Astronomical Society, Stargazing Night, Secondhandland, Suitcase Markets, knitty gritty, come for the day, stay for the weekend
Everything for nimble-fingered creatives to get crafty


To download an in-depth programme on what's happening at the Knitfest - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival in Maleny, please click here. Please note Knitfest - Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival is wheelchair and disability friendly. If visitors have additional special needs, please email knitfest@hotmail.com and the organisers will try to accommodate special requests. All venues at the Festival are government-owned buildings and even though dogs are much loved by the organisers, they will not be permitted in the venues.

Why not come for the day and stay for the weekend.

Let's get down to the knitty gritty and bookmark the weekend of 6 and 7 July for a fabulous weekend of colour, creativity and a heap load of family fun! I just know I'll be at my knits end if I forget!

Knitfest, Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, Maleny, fibre arts, crafts, yarn bombing, art, creativity, workshops, music, trade stalls, craft markets, families, knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, spinning, weaving, felting, talented presenters, macrame, micromacrame, shadow knitting, horizontal cable, sushi beads in wool, felted wool glasses case, kids club, cushions, sock fugglies, African flower purse, felted bag, needle felt, fair isle, competitions, theme Australiana, Brisbane Astronomical Society, Stargazing Night, Secondhandland, Suitcase Markets, knitty gritty, come for the day, stay for the weekend
Festival Precinct map


All images courtesy of Barry Allsop from Eyes Wide Open Images and D. Swain from Knitfest, obtained by author on the www.knitfest.com.au 2018 gallery
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Why? For a fabulous winter weekend of knitty gritty wool-some fun
When: Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July from 8.00am
Phone: 0497 401 242
Where: Maleny, Sunshine Coast hinterland, QLD, 4552
Cost: FREE entry
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Looks ike fun Elaine
by Gillian Ching (score: 2|348) 16 days ago
Something for everyone... thanks for sharing Elaine
by Barry (score: 3|1160) 21 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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