Former Warwick woman Jessica Thompson wowed the judges with her Geometree. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News
Former Warwick woman Jessica Thompson wowed the judges with her Geometree. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News Sophie Lester

Warwick tree jumper winners announced

THE tree jumpers are on and the cream of the crop of the crochet and knitting creations have been announced.

Victorian Margaret Perkins won the open artistic section with her trellis creation located near Warwick Credit Union on Palmerin St (Tree 65) while the neigbouring Geometree creation by former Warwick woman Jessica Thompson (Tree 64) won the Best in Knitting and Crochet.

The Caloundra Yarn Bombers were awarded the Best Community Group Entry for their tree teaming with knitted jellyfish (Tree 6) while it was Warwick's own Digger's Garden Club who best fit the Bohemian Theme (Tree 39).

Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz has drawn a range of artistic entrants to partake in the ever-growing tree jumper contest from around the region and the country.

Melbourne twins Marg Lanne and Maryanne Noonan are both in the Rose City specially for the festival having contributed to one of the palm tree jumpers on Palmerin St.

"We both contributed a crochet square to Prudence Mapstone's palm tree," Mrs Lanne said.

"We're only here for a couple of days but we just love it, this is the second time we've been up for it."

"We would love to have it in Melbourne but I suppose you've got something exclusive to Warwick here," Mrs Noonan said.

"We just love how creative it all is and the detail put into each tree.

"It's worth the journey and a credit to the community."

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine commended the 2016 tree jumper entrants for their work.

"If you have already viewed the tree jumper exhibition you will know that this year's participants have given us another wonderful gift to enjoy and share for the next 10 days," Ms Devine said.

"The entries warm the trees but even more than that they show that anyone and everyone can make art.

"The participants have embraced the bohemian theme - no matter how difficult we make the theme participants rise to the challenge and push the boundaries of what yarn and recycled materials can do.

"If you haven't seen the exhibition yet I would recommend that you view them remembering that most of the participants are not professional artists.

"We embrace that this exhibition encourages community participation and find our biggest success stories emerge for the journey toward the finished product."


2016 Awards

Open Artistic Section

Winner Tree 65: Margaret Perkins, Thornbury, Victoria

Highly Commended:


Tree 45: Kylie Broderick, Brenda Duggan, Julie Hauff, Lyn Irwin-Kelly, Sharyn Le Suer, Sandy McDonnell and Kelly Thompson.


Tree 50: Noelle Hodges and Jenny Burgess, Toowoomba, Queensland


Tree 67: Margaret Armstrong, Warwick, Queensland


Excellence in Knitting and/or Crochet

Winner Tree 64: Jessica Thompson, Brisbane, Queensland

Highly Commended:


Tree 101: Lincolnshire Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, Lincolnshire, England


Tree 13: Just Because Flowers and Gifts, Warwick, Queensland


Palm Tree (near King Street): Sue Marshman, Warwick, Queensland


"Bohemian" Themed Section

Winner Tree 39: The Diggers Garden Group, Warwick, Queensland

Highly Commended:


Tree 70: Bianca, Ava and Emme Standing, Wellington Point, Queensland


Tree 93: Penny King and Maddy Caloon, Warwick, Queensland


Tree 19: Beverly Teske, Alexandra Hills, Queensland


Best Community Group Entry

Winner Tree 6: Caloundra Yarn Bombers, Caloundra, Queensland

Highly Commended


Tree 89: Warwick Community Kindergarten, Warwick, Queensland


Tree 48: Toowoomba and Golden West Caravan Club, Warwick, Queensland


Tree 17: Scholl of Total Education, Warwick, Queensland


Tree 55: St Mary's Kindergarten - Centrecare, Warwick, Queensland


Tree 79: Carbal Community Art Group, Warwick, Queensland

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