Deloraine Tasmania’s capital of craft

The long weekend in the north of the state for Recreation Day was apt for the annual craft fair held at Deloraine.

There is almost something for all tastes here. The Tasmanian Craft Fair has developed to be one of the largest in Australia and there are several venues to cover. Organisers have organised a free bus between all venues so if you are there for the whole day, you can park your car once and take advantage of the shuttle.

Crochet and lace doilies glam up a tree

A tree wearing its finery for the visitors. Nice juxtaposition with the old armaments.

Knitting and crochet has been taken outdoors again. I seem to end up in towns that embrace  ‘knit graffiti, also known as ‘yarn storming’and ‘yarn bombing’. Note the lovely street scape, already well cared for with trees, sculptures and very clean garbage bin, it was a pleasure to walk around Deloraine. 

A well thought out composition.

New branding for ANZ.

Buskers come in many shapes and forms. This well dressed gentleman travels around with his camel Llama – correct me if I am wrong but I think they are  known as a ‘Camelid’, and if you want to take photo you put a coin in his money-box around his neck. Fair enough we thought.

So we took a photo to support the pair, they made an effort dressing in matching colours.

If you look hard enough there are strips of knitting hanging from the top windowsill.

The town has several permanent sculptures down its streets.

More small people.  Meditational movement by Julie Hawthorne, 2002.

Now if you are wondering why I did not take photos of the fair, well it was quite difficult with the crowds, so if this kind of fair appeals to you best to go yourself next year.

Or for professional photos of the fair, click here – photos by Scott Gelston.


  1. #1 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on November 12, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Looks like a really fun day, Roz! I’m a bit ambivalent about all the knitting bombs – I’m not sure lamp posts and the like are really enhanced by a multicoloured wool collar…

    • #2 by tastetravel on November 12, 2012 - 9:48 pm

      That wool collar was a bit drab I must say, I did like the wall hung works.

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