Thursday, January 5, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Crafty Move To Sarina

Crafter Jill Tedman was delighted when she and her husband Paul moved to Sarina last year.

After regularly visiting their children Emily and Andrew from the Sunshine Coast since 2008, they decided to make the move north, and the Sarina Arts and Crafts Centre was a big factor in the shift.

Jill spends hours each day embroidering or sewing, which she started as a young girl.

“It’s a wonderful outlet to have here as there are obviously a lot of talented crafters in Sarina,” she said.

“It’s all very good quality and there is a wonderful variety of products – from crocheted tea coseys, table runners, art, wooden signs and toys, jewellery, bags, kitchen crafts, crocheted and patchwork quilts – you name it.

“The best thing is it’s all locally made, no Chinese imports.”

Jill started her interest in crafts at the age of five when her mum and aunt taught her sewing on a family treadle machine.

“I used to make dolls clothes; all my dolls were well dressed.

“As a teen I used to make my own clothes, sewing was one of my best subjects at boarding school in Warwick. I’d get an A for sewing but I wasn’t so good at some of the other subjects.

“Nowdays I try to embroider a few hours a day, I’ve always done it and it’s great for reducing stress.”

Jill has hand towels, applique cushions and handbags at the Craft Centre and says her new year’s resolution is to make an embroidered quilt.

The centre is open 9-1 daily except Sundays.

By Charlie Payne

Jill Tedman with her applique cushion and Dresden Plate purse at the Sarina Arts and Crafts Centre. Photo: Charlie Payne

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