Jessica Thompson (right) teaches Narelle Fagan and Gloria Hughes how to create Amigurumi at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival on Saturday.
Jessica Thompson (right) teaches Narelle Fagan and Gloria Hughes how to create Amigurumi at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival on Saturday. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Sharing creative techniques

ADMIRERS of the creative talent evident in this year’s tree jumpers were offered tips from the masters, with several hands-on workshops held over the festival’s opening weekend.

Narelle Fagan and Gloria Hughes spent Saturday morning in the warmth of the sun, learning how to perfect the technique of Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheted stuffed animals.

Jumpers and Jazz veteran Jessica Thompson is self-taught and at the weekend imparted her knowledge on creating the cuddly companions to fellow crochet enthusiasts.

But she admitted it was not always as easy to part with her creations as it was to craft them.

“My problem is I make them and I get attached to them so they keep growing and growing,” Miss Thompson said.

The workshop participants said although they had been crocheting for up to 25 years they were always happy to learn something new.

Inside the art gallery Warwick resident Jean McDonald was also conducting a workshop and helping those who wanted to learn how to knit.

Across at the library, the meeting room was filled with about 20 women who had signed up for a lesson on how to replicate Prudence Mapstone’s stunning freeform creations.

A combination of knitting and crocheting, freeform allowed people to patch together several pieces, similar to the construction of a patchwork quilt.



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