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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 29, 2011 2011 History rebuilt with just needle and fabric EMMA HOPE IN A STITCH: Adrienne Charles shows her counted cross-stitch that depicts historic Highfield House in Stanley, in Tasmania's North-West. Picture: RAOUL KOCHANOWSKI CROSS-stitch began as a healing pastime for Adrienne Charles, but it is now a business that has seen her designs of historic Tasmanian properties sold all over Australia. Mrs Charles, from Claremont in Hobart's northern suburbs, began cross-stitching shortly after her husband died in 1987. ''My daughter gave me a little kit to do, I hadn't done one since I was a child,'' she said. ''I made a mistake and she said 'you've got to follow the graph' and I said 'no I don't, mine looks better anyway.' And that was the beginning of my designing.'' Mrs Charles has been going to Agfest since 1993. Last year she won the award for best craft stall. Nostalgia Tasmania produces design kits of over 40 cross-stitch patterns such as Richmond Bridge, Cradle Mountain and other iconic Tasmanian images. Her specialty is historic houses. ''The first one I ever did was Hawthorn House at Carrick. ''In 2000 I did a series of eight of the houses lived in by Louisa Anne Meredith.'' Mrs Charles said that people often framed her designs after completing them, and some designs had also been used in patchwork quilts that made family heirlooms. There has been a resurgence in the popularity of cross-stitch recently, particularly among young people. Mrs Charles believes this has come about because it is a calming hobby. ''I think people like to get back to basics, it's one of the early forms of embroidery and embellishment. ''It's peaceful, you stop worrying about the worries of the world because you have to concentrate on what you're doing, so it's therapeutic.'' I 08 Pavilion I Farm census reaps crop of knowledge VITAL STATS: David Brereton of the ABS. WITH 2011 being a census year and with farmers hav- ing the opportunity to par- ticipate in two separate surveys, the Australian Bureau of Statistics de- cided to raise awareness and share information at Agfest. ABS public relations of- ficer Jothathan Coleman said it was a busy time for the bureau. ''We have the census of population and housing, which is going out in August, and we have the agricultural census going out in June,'' he said. ''At Agfest we'll be tell- ing people what the two censuses are and how they will affect people.'' Mr Coleman said the bureau wanted especially to inform people about the agricultural census that gathers information from farmers and agricultural businesses. He said the agricultural census was very important to the industry. ''That census will go out to 175,000 businesses acro- ss Australia. It mainly col- lects data on agricultural commodities that busines- ses produce and info on water and land use. ''We will talk about how the data is used and we'll have information from the last census that was con- ducted. We will also show where to find that data because a lot of it is free for the public to access,'' Mr Coleman said. He said the census pro- vided useful data to inform decision-making. ''The purpose is to give the nation comprehensive information on the size and activities and com- modities and production of Australian farms.'' S 81 South St People like to get back to basics. Cross- stitching is one of the earliest forms of embroidery and embellishment' zest. 731Jono Kings Meadows 90 Connector Park Rd. 6340 7700 Devonport 6183 Frankford Hwy 6427 5444 Derwent Park 8c Lampton Ave 6211 0555 Burnie 17-19RiverRd 6431 9855 Kevin Watson 0419 898 129 Nic Brown 0419 893 435 Andrew Hartley 0419 119 825 webstertrucks.com.au All the best brands behind one name... Come and visit us at site 28-32 South Street! SEE AT SITE S50-S54 LAUNCESTON & NORTH WEST COAST 90 Connector Rd, Kings Meadows 7249 Bevan Coleman: 03 6336 9723 HOBART 8C Lampton Ave, Derwent Park 7009 Shane Hilder: 03 6211 0504 Cameron Smith 03 6211 0500
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