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The Weekender: June 27 – 29

Daniel Driscoll

Thu Jun 26 2014

Craft & Quilt Fair

PICK up some stitching tips at the Exhibition Centre, learn to play the Angklung at the Indonesian Consulate General or find a rarity at Flemington Racecourse. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

Craft & Quilt Fair
Thursday, June 26 – Sunday, June 29 (9.00am – 5.00pm); Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (1 Convention Place, South Wharf, Melbourne)

The Craft & Quilt Fair is on again at the Exhibition Centre. Learn to create projects in seminar-style or hands-on workshops, meet national and international guest artists, see the exclusive Victorian Quilters’ annual Quilt Showcase and shop for the latest products from retailers selling thousands of hard-to-find craft supplies, all under one roof!

See some amazing quilt designs in the Quilt Challenge. Based on this year’s theme ‘TEN’, see diverse interpretations that are both personal and inspiring. Entries were received from every state in Australia as well as New Zealand and Canada.

With vintage so big right now, learn to repair those pieces yourself and save plenty with Miss Chrissy from the Lindy Charm School for Girls. She’ll be running daily demonstrations emphasising the ‘Make do and mend’ mindset of yesteryear to repair and transform an outfit.

A whole range of workshops will be running. For the small cost of a kit, participate in Make and Takes, receive expert instruction and learn something new. Enjoy workshop master classes and learn a whole new range of skills.

With a whole range of stalls in one place, you’ll be able to shop till you drop and then shop some more!

For more info and to book tickets head to the Fair’s site.

Angklung Workshop
Sunday, June 29 (1.00pm – 5.00pm); Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (72 Queens Rd, Melbourne)

The Angklung is a traditional music instrument from West Java, Indonesia.

Project O invites you to come along and join their Angklung Workshop at the Indonesian Consul General. The workshop will teach you how to play the instrument and create melody under guidance from experienced players.

The workshop costs $10 to participate and proceeds from the workshop go directly to their partner the YCAB Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organisation that helps underprivileged children in Indonesia to gain a better education.

To secure a place please RSVP to the Consulate General.

For more info, head to their event page on Facebook.

Hobby Lesiure & Collectors Carnival and Melbourne Card Collectors Expo
Sunday, June 29 (9.00am – 3.00pm); (Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington, Melbourne)

The Hobby Leisure Collectors Carnival and Melbourne Card Collectors Expo is on at Flemington Racecourse. With so many different types of collectables on offer, who know what you might find!

The carnival will have china, glassware, home decorator items, jewellery, Coca-Cola memorabilia, ephemera, records,  advertising, comics and books of both rare and common kinds. This is just a small sample of the type of collectibles that will be on offer. Pick up something to decorate your home or find that record or comic you just have to have for your collection. 

On the card collectors side you’ll find sports memorabilia, celebrity signatures, trading cards and collectible toys. If it’s collectible and trade-able you’ll find it here.

You might even score a Beanie Kid when you come through the door. They’ll be selecting patrons at random to receive a number of highly sought after & exclusive Limited Edition Commemorative Beanie Kids from past years. The collectable bears are specially tagged and produced for this event.

For more info head to the event’s site