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Title

When I had worked the pattern , from The D'Oyley Show

1979

Artists

Marie McMahon

Australia

1953 -

Frances Phoenix

Australia

1950 - 2017

  • Details

    Date
    1979
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
    Dimensions
    73.5 x 49.0 image (irreg.); 78.8 x 51.3 cm sheet
    Credit
    Purchased 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    175.1981.7
    Copyright
    © Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group

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    Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

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    Distinctly Australian designs began to appear in fancywork following a competition run by Melbourne's 'Weekly Times' in 1923. 'A Mother' invited women to crochet 'something original and characteristic of their own country', with five pounds offered for the 'best design introducing Australian flora and fauna or landscape'. In 1924, 'The Weekly Times book of Australian filet crochet' reproduced a selection of works and their patterns.

    Miss S Duke's 'Bush hut triangle', seen on this poster, was included in the publication, with its gumnut border and huts, complete with smoking chimneys. Miss Duke, from Bullarook, wrote, 'I daresay that many women will now design their own laces. I know that I shall try again'. This poster celebrates the pioneering crochet and needlework designs of Australian women.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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