MUSEUM MEMBERS. Alstonville Plateau Historical Society outside the century-old Crawford House.
MUSEUM MEMBERS. Alstonville Plateau Historical Society outside the century-old Crawford House. Yvonne Gardiner

Heirlooms of the future on show

APRIL will see the launch of Heirlooms of the Future, an exhibition by textile and embroidery group Loose Threads.

This will be the third time this group have exhibited at Crawford House Museum in Alstonville, the headquarters of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society.

The house is a well-preserved 100-year-old farm house built by the newlywed couple Ambrose and Olive Crawford. They moved in at the beginning of 1911.

Historical society president John Sim said the work for the upcoming exhibition had been completed during the last four years.

"Traditional techniques with a contemporary interpretation will be one of the themes investigated, as well as works based on or inspired by collections," he said.

"Presently members of the group are creating work close to their hearts as they respond to the idea of making that one piece that has always eluded them.

"These new works by Loose Threads demonstrate excellence in embroidery, confidence in design and, more importantly, a love of textile arts."

Since 2004, Crawford House Museum has been open to the public on Fridays and Sunday afternoons.

John said Ballina Council bought the property in the early 1980s from Dorothy Crawford, the middle daughter of five sisters who grew up in the house.

At 98 years old, Dorothy remains an active member of the society.

Future exhibitions at Crawford House, 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville, include:

Loose Threads featuring exquisite pieces of creative embroidery (April 9 - June 17)

The Tenth Annual Airing of the Quilts (July 8, 9 and 10)

140 Years of Alstonville Cricket (September 1 - November 5)

Call 0266281829 with enquiries.


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