Lou Walker still crafty at 100

99-year-old Toowoomba lady shows off incredible creations

WHEN Lou Walker was 12 she was taught how to sew so she could make clothes for herself and her six siblings.   

The now 99-year-old has made hundreds of pieces in her lifetime and will have a special stall at St David's Carnival tomorrow.  

Over the years Mrs Walker has mastered most crafts from spinning wool, hat making, embroidery, knitting, quilting, sewing, bullion stitches and crocheting.  

She was raised on a station at Narco until her father bought land in Oakey.   

Back then material was sourced mainly by coupons and she even made her own wedding dress.  

Mrs Walker lived on a farm when she married and used to make clothes for her three daughters.   

One of her proudest creations was her daughter Heather Glasby's wedding dress in 1969.  

The timeless gown had more than 246 individual motifs hand sewn on and lined with tulle.

The train of the dress has 1152 individually crafted motifs and she also made dresses for the entire bridal party.   

Mrs Glasby has vivid memories of her mum milking cows during the day and sewing at night.   

Mrs Walker's latest project was a beautiful Christening gown for her latest great-granddaughter.  

She has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren in total.   

Mrs Walker has also made more than 50 rugs and bonnets for newborns at Toowoomba Hospital.   

"I've been doing this all my life - gardening and craft are my hobbies," she said.  

"I'm not a social person and I like to stay at home so I like doing something. I just can't do nothing so I do what I can and I like to learn new crochet patterns.

"Hard work and keeping busy is the key to a long life; I was on the farm and milked cows, fed calves and pigs, drove tractors and cleared ground.

"Craft is a bit of a lost art these days - I think they've got too much television and computers. I only got my telephone now but I lived without a phone and electricity when I got married, just had kerosene lamps."  

Some of her creations will be available at the St David's Presbyterian Church, 46 Mary St, tomorrow from 9am.  

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