Week One

Monday 31 July – Sunday 6 August

BIG Yarn Trail

Welcome to our BIGgest Yarn Trail yet! Ten participating towns across Western Victoria. Chockas full of woolly exhibitions, installations, workshops and street-scape art.

  • Hamilton
  • Dunkeld
  • Coleraine
  • Yulecart
  • Balmoral
  • Byaduk
  • Glenthompson
  • Tarrington
  • Penshurst
  • Branxholme

Download the full program here

Dunkeld

Installation:

BIG Puma. Catch a glimpse of the Grampians most infamous mysterious resident from the Off the Rails Gallery, Skene St Dunkeld. 31 July – 13 August.

Exhibition:

WARM

Off the Rails Gallery, Skene Street, Dunkeld
24 July – 20 August
Open Thursday – Sunday (or by appointment) 11.00-3.00pm daily.
Entry by gold coin donation.

From March to the end of August 2016, knitters created hundreds of knitted pieces including gum leaves, trees, native flowers, wind turbines and knitted squares. During several days of installation, these knitted pieces were assembled over a scarred landscape image – to create an enormous collage of a landscape renewed.

Workshop:

Learn to knit flora from the WARM project with Georgie (aka tikki)

Off the Rails Gallery, Skene Street, Dunkeld
Sunday 6 August, 1.00-4.00pm
Cost: $40 includes afternoon tea, and ball of premium Tarndie wool.

Learn to knit some of the beautiful dual-purpose knitted pieces from the WARM project with Georgie Nicholson – the designer behind the patterns that make up the WARM installation.

Bookings via www.trybooking.com or 0428 141 599 (phone or SMS)

Street-scape:

Shop windows displays and knitting spaces throughout Dunkeld. 31 July – 13 August

Coleraine

Did you know that Helena Rubinstein’s international beauty empire had its humble beginnings in lanolin-rich Coleraine? To be fair, she wasn’t a big fan of Coleraine, but we love her, and her legacy is a major feature of this years festival.

Installation:

BIG Helena Rubinstein Lipstick and Compact, Coleraine Medical Clinic, Whyte Street, Coleraine. 31 July – 13 August.

Streetscape:

Pom pom trees, history trail storyboards, Whyte St, Coleraine. 31 July – 13 August.

Yulecart

Workshop:

Lanolin extraction demonstration, Yulecart Hall, Dartmoor-Hamilton Road, Date TBC.

Exhibition:

Diorabaaa – towns of the Southern Grampians in wool, Yulecart Hall, Dartmoor-Hamilton Road. Dates TBC.

Balmoral

Streetscape:

Wool-bale stencil mural, Stephens Park, Balmoral. Permanent display.

Byaduk

Installation:

Tree ‘Lace-bombing’, Byaduk Oval. 31 July – 5 August.

Workshop:

Lace knitting workshop, Byaduk Hall.

  • Thursday 3 August 12.00pm-3.00pm
  • Saturday 5 August 12.00pm-3.00pm

Cost: $15 (includes light lunch and afternoon tea)

Come and knit lace with Melbourne’s GLAD Rappers Annette, Liz, Susan and Carolyne.

For people who already knit, in this workshop you’ll learn how to knit lace using written and charted patterns.

B.Y.O. straight knitting needles and yarn: 10mm needles + 8 ply yarn or 3 or 4mm needles + 2 or 4 ply yarn

Maximum 20 participants.
Click here to book your place now.

Exhibition:

GLAD Rappers Johnston Collection and Lace Street Art, Byaduk Hall. 30 July – 5 August.

Artist Talk:

Nini & Wink  – Pigs might fly (to New York)

Listen to Annette Fitton (aka Nini & Wink) tell her incredible story of how her skill as a designer and yarn-artist led her all the way to New York Wool Week

Byaduk Hall, Tuesday 1 August, 1.00pm-2.00pm

Click here to book your place now

Cost: $5 (includes afternoon tea)

Streetscape:

Sock Route – playful reinterpretation of Byaduk’s Stock Route, in and around town. 30 July – 13 August.

Glenthompson

Installation:

BIG redgum, Lions Club Park, Glenelg Highway, Glenthompson. 31 July – 13 August.

Tarrington

Installation:

BIG haybale tea cosy, Cafe Catalpa, Hamilton Hwy, Tarrington. 30 July – 13 August.

Exhibition:

Trevor Smith Tea Cosies – Yarns of the Western District, Cafe Catalpa, Hamilton Hwy, Tarrington. 26 July – 20 August.

Dining:

High Tea featuring Blooming Tea, Cafe Catalpa, Hamilton Hwy, Tarrington. Bookings essential. (03) 5572 1888

Penshurst

Installation:

BIG Tennis Player, Tennis Court Fence, Botanical Gardens, Penshurst

Exhibition:

Making a Racquet – racquets embroidered by residents, staff, and friends of Penshurst Hospital and  Kolor Lodge.

Penshurst Hospital, 146 Cobb Street, Penshurst.

  • Tuesday 1 August, 2.00pm-6.00pm
  • Sunday 6 August, 10.00am-4.00pm

Free entry.

Hamilton

Installations:

  • Crocheted Umbrellas, McGuigan Lane
  • Adopt-a-Lamp-post – Fruit, veg and flowers, Corriedale Lane
  • Urban Crosstitch, Cook Walk
  • Woolcraft Walk – Crocheted Tree Collars, Gray Street
  • STAY Residential Services head office, Brown St.

Streetscape:

Trees by Hamilton Community House Inc., Cox St precinct

Western District Health Service:

  • The Grange (Gray St) fence
  • The Birches (Tyers St) front garden
  • Allied Health (Tyers St) foyer
  • Giant Knitted Bowel (Hamilton Base Hospital, Foster St)

Branxholme

Installation:

  • The Branxholme Railway Water Tower nymph is normally very shy, so we’re very excited to guarantee you a glympse of her on her swing from 31 July – 13 August.  Branxholme Railway Water Tower, Railway Ave, Branxholme.

Streetscape:

Woolly bread in the window of the Old Bakery, knitted sausages at the Gazebo BBQ, crocheted cakes at the former Kookaburra Cafe… Branxholme’s past is going to converge with its present in a woolly kinda way. Best appreciated on foot!  Multiple locations, 31 July – 13 August.

 

Week Two

Monday 7 August – Sunday 13 August

Hamilton

Sheepvention

7-8 August, Hamilton Showgrounds, Shakespeare St. Hamilton

The Woolly West Fest will not exhibiting at Sheepvention this year but of course you must go!

Installations:

  • Crocheted Umbrellas, McGuigan Lane
  • Adopt-a-Lamp-post – Fruit, veg and flowers, Corriedale Lane
  • Urban Crosstitch, Cook Walk
  • Woolcraft Walk – Crocheted Tree Collars, Gray Street
  • STAY Residential Services head office, Brown St.

Streetscape:

Trees by Hamilton Community House Inc., Cox St precinct

Western District Health Service:

  • The Grange (Gray St) fence
  • The Birches (Tyers St) front garden
  • Allied Health (Tyers St) foyer
  • Giant Knitted Bowel (Hamilton Base Hospital, Foster St)

Dunkeld

Installation:

BIG Puma. Catch a glimpse of the Grampians most infamous resident from the Off the Rails Gallery, Skene St Dunkeld. 31 July – 13 August.

Exhibition:

WARM Off the Rails Gallery, Skene St, Dunkeld. 24 July – 20 August. Entry by gold coin donation, Thursday – Sunday, 11am-3.00pm.

Streetscape:

Shop windows displays and knitting spaces throughout Dunkeld. 31 July – 13 August

Coleraine

Did you know that Helena Rubinstein’s international beauty empire had its humble beginnings in lanolin-rich Coleraine? To be fair, she wasn’t a big fan of Coleraine, but we love her, and her legacy is a major feature of this years festival.

Installation:

BIG Helena Rubinstein Lipstick and Compact, Coleraine Medical Clinic, Whyte Street, Coleraine. 31 July – 13 August.

Workshop:

Make your own lanolin-based handcream with Susan Taylor.
Saturday 12 August, 11am and 2pm. (1 hour duration)
Maximum 10 participants per session
Cost: $20 (includes light refreshments and a small pot of the finished product to take home)
Click here to book your place now.

Streetscape:

Pom pom trees, history trail storyboards, Whyte St, Coleraine. 31 July – 13 August.

Yulecart

Workshop:

Lanolin extraction demonstration, Yulecart Hall, Dartmoor-Hamilton Road, Date TBC.

Exhibition:

Diorabaaa – towns of the Southern Grampians in wool, Yulecart Hall, Dartmoor-Hamilton Road. Dates TBC.

Balmoral

Streetscape:

Wool-bale stencil mural, Stephens Park, Balmoral. Permanent display.

Byaduk

Streetscape:

Sock Route – playful reinterpretation of Byaduk’s Stock Route, in and around town. 30 July – 13 August.

Glenthompson

Back in the day before we had mailboxes, we had… trees? Come and learn about the curious piece of history behind the BIG redgum.

Installation:

BIG redgum, Lions Club Park, Glenelg Highway, Glenthompson. 31 July – 13 August.

Tarrington

Installation:

BIG haybale tea cosy, Cafe Catalpa, Hamilton Hwy, Tarrington. 30 July – 13 August.

Exhibition:

Trevor Smith Tea Cosies – Yarns of the Western District, Cafe Catalpa, Hamilton Hwy, Tarrington. 26 July – 20 August.

Dining:

High Tea featuring Blooming Tea, Cafe Catalpa, Hamilton Hwy, Tarrington. Bookings essential. (03) 5572 1888

Penshurst

Installation:

BIG Tennis Player, Tennis Court Fence, Botanical Gardens, Penshurst

Branxholme

Installation:

  • The Branxholme Railway Water Tower nymph is normally very shy, so we’re very excited to guarantee you a glympse of her on her swing from 31 July – 13 August.  Branxholme Railway Water Tower, Railway Ave, Branxholme.

Streetscape:

Woolly bread in the window of the Old Bakery, knitted sausages at the Gazebo BBQ, crocheted cakes at the former Kookaburra Cafe… Branxholme’s past is going to converge with its present in a woolly kinda way. Best appreciated on foot!  Multiple locations, 31 July – 13 August.