Elizabeth Watson's crochet creations have wowed the judges at the NSW Country Women's Association State Conference and CWA State Competition.
The Kendall Branch CWA member entered five of the eight handicraft items the local branch submitted against 17 competing CWA branches from Bulahdelah to Nambucca Heads.
Mrs Watson created a sewn handbag, hand knitted baby romper and cardigan set, felted iPad cover, patchwork quilt and crocheted market bag for the competition.
Branch members also created an apron collaboratively.
Two items were judged and selected for the state competition and Kendall Branch received the second highest point score for the first time in its history.
"I think there has been a resurgence in people wanting to crochet," she said.
There is a new generation of crochet artists coming through creating things for their family. It's a relaxing pastime and people are looking for something to do that is relaxing but productive."
Using natural fibres from Australian producers also provides a feeling of helping the local industry, she added.
"I enjoy crocheting, knitting and sowing. I've been crocheting since my high school days. I enjoy doing each to a standard that other people can enjoy too.
"Often I give the finished products away to family and friends, or donate them to CWA stalls to raise money for the branch."
Mrs Watson said she gained a lot of inspiration from her mother-in-law Joan, who was also a prominent crocheter.
Mrs Watson also entered five items in The Land Competition Handicraft and Cookery Competition. After three items were selected for state judging, she won second prize for a crocheted shawl made from homespun wool.
"I enjoy entering competitions, the challenge is always to show my handicraft and possibly win a place," she said.
Mrs Watson also entered the international section to create a Shigra Bag (from Ecuador) made using raffia in multiple colours, also winning second place.
"Everything came together quite well. I don't often do international pieces because my head is going a million miles an hour with all the other projects I have on the go," she laughed.
"Crafts keeps the brain cells ticking over and helps use up all my stash of yarn. I enjoy doing it."
The Kendall Branch meets each third Tuesday at the War Memorial Rooms at 10am in Kendall.
There is also a social chat on the first Tuesday of the month from 11am to 2pm, and a street stall at the Meeting Place on the fourth Thursday of each month.
For more information contact Sue Carter on 6556 9677.
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