News

Karolyne sees spots for Caviar

Textile Artist and Colourist Karolyne Ivanof with some of the fabric that made ties for Black Caviar's owners.
Textile Artist and Colourist Karolyne Ivanof with some of the fabric that made ties for Black Caviar's owners. Cade Mooney

BLACK Caviar's memorable win at Royal Ascot had Karolyne Ivanof seeing spots - her spots.

The Verrierdale textile artist was commissioned to create the Black Caviar polka-dotted salmon silk, which high profile Sydney milliner Neil Grigg then crafted into ties and bowties for the horse's owners to wear at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

"He has a lot of high profile clients. We often do Gai Waterhouse, a lot of the racing fraternity," Ms Ivanof explains.

But nothing has been as significant as the most recent challenge which Black Caviar's owners liked so much, they ordered three lots.

"The first one took me a few hours, I was really worried about getting it right," Ms Ivanof said.

"All up I coloured about eight metres of white silk but I had to do many test swatches cut from that fabric to ensure I had achieved a good colour match to Luke Nolan's jockey silks.

"Polka-dot ties and bowties were worn by the male owners and their relatives. I also did two hat colour matches for hats worn by Black Caviar's lady owners at Ascot."

Like many other Australians, Ms Ivanof stayed up to watch the big race on Saturday night but bad television reception meant she couldn't see much of the action.

She did, however, catch glimpses of Black Caviar co-owner Colin Madden, wearing one of her ties.

She was also surprised to find out one had been gifted to Prince Charles during the week.

"I couldn't believe how far it had gone ... from humble beginnings to the Prince," she said.

"The owners were so happy with it, they're thinking of doing it for another horse they've got for the Melbourne Cup.

"We might get more of this matching for racing silks. It's taken off now since Caviar."

The long-time horse lover now hopes to meet the black beauty who brought her international acclaim.

"It's one of those great Australian sport stories, such a fabulous natured animal," she said.

"They treat her so well, the whole of Australia has embraced her as part of their family.

"She's such a champion."

Topics:  black caviar fabric horse racing royal ascot



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

EXPLAINER: How to grab bargain flight from Wellcamp Airport

"Chances are, when it's at that price, they've just paid for the last two seats on the flight."

She said once they were nabbed, the tickets could skyrocket.

Coffee with the regulars

CHERRY BLOSSOMS: (Front, from left) Holly and Hannah Clifford, (back) Bec Anderson and Janelle Schmidt.

Meet some of the crew from The Cherry Tree

Country gallery gem calls out for helpers

HELP WANTED: Killarney Art Gallery co-ordinator Marie Mikkelsen is searching for more members and volunteers.

THE Killarney Art Gallery is a treasure trove in need of help.

Local Partners

15 things to do on the Southern Downs this weekend

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, here's some awesome ideas


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Don't miss the free Bunnings Christmas party

Free Bunnings Christmas Family Night

WARWICK'S Bunnings Warehouse will come alive tonight for Xmas

Rose City unites in festive event

Erin and Keely Hilton.

Local performers entertain at Carols in the Park

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

Obama's private struggle laid bare in film

Australian actor Devon Terrell portrays a young Barack Obama in the Netflix original movie Barry. Supplied by Netflix.

Filmakers focus in on Obama's legacy

Brad Pitt's sons won't see him

Brad Pitt's eldest sons are reportedly "refusing" to see him.

Chris Pratt fell asleep while babysitting

Chris Pratt revealed he fell asleep during babysitting duties

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!