Craftspeople's talent shown at Otautau

Quilts, floral art, lace, pottery and woodwork were among the creative projects impressing people at the Otautau Three Churches Flower and Quilt Walk on Saturday.

For the second year in succession, floral artists and china painters, patchwork quilters and lace makers showed their work in churches of different denominations and the Old Courthouse opened its sturdy doorway to wood-workers.

City milliner Sylvia Hughes, whose hats are a talking point at Hokonui fashion awards, race days and weddings, staged a display with her model Mary Macdonald on hand to show tiny feathered fascinators and great brims of georgette.

Organiser Faimie McGlen included many craftspeople from throughout Western Southland.

Among them were cupcake artist Kristy Duncan from Nightcaps, recycled customised furniture maker Michael Voice from Ohai, his mother, Margaret, with sewing from her craft cottage in Nightcaps, Judith Mather, from Wairio, with bright and black golliwog quilts and a clutch of Takitimu quilting friends whose display filled St Joseph's Catholic church with brilliant and beautiful colours.

While it was just a short walk from church to church and through the town, the warm day meant many sought the cool pews of the Otautau Presbyterian Church, beautifully decorated with green and white arrangements as for a wedding.

Sisters-in-law Jenny and Catherine Beck from Wairio said they felt they were waiting for a wedding party to enter.

At the south end of town Feral Forge showed domestic iron work, Otautau joinery in the centre had the workshop open and at the north end BlackWinter ceramics artist Mark McClean was in action shaping wet clay on the wheel.

Throughout the day people came and went from one venue to the nest, clusters of friends meeting midway for a chat and then repairing to the Scout stall for tea and cake.

The Southland Times