Scarf Fest Winner Over The Moon

This year’s winner of the National Wool Museum’s Scarf Festival is Karina Irvine from Christie’s Beach, South Australia with a creation titled Trappist 1 made from felt.

National Wool Museum Director, Padraic Fisher, said the number of entries were increasing each year, with the overall winner this year chosen from a field of 298 entries.

“The number and quality of entries for the Scarf Festival just gets bigger and better each year - such is the strength of craft in Australia,” he said. “We are blessed to have practitioners who insist on keeping the art of handmade alive and well.”

This year’s theme Galaxies: a textile journey to infinity and beyond asked scarf makers to take inspiration from the galaxy and let the cosmos be the guide to finding inspiration amongst the stars. The winning design is made of merino wool, silk and tinsel and was inspired by Trappist-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star and its seven orbiting planets.

“Imagine you are Trappist-1 with fiery solar flares, radiating cool blue and pink tones. Around you are your seven planets pulled in closely by your gravity to keep your solar system warm and alive,” said Ms Irvine.

Two entries from the Geelong region were awarded in their nominated categories. Pa Neh Htoo from Geelong won the Woven category with her Karen scarf. In the 100 per cent wool category, Jo Bagge from Portarlington was highly commended for her Moonwalk scarf. Other local region winners came from Torquay, Jan Juc, Bellbrae and Anglesea.

Three judges picked the winners including TV personality Catriona Rowntree, along with Executive Director Craft Victoria, Richard Ferguson, and Scienceworks Melbourne Planetarium Manager and Senior Curator - Astronomy, Dr Tanya Hill. 

“This must-see textile exhibition is an eclectic showcase of original handcrafted scarves entered by anyone - from school kids to beginner crafters to accomplished artisans from Australia and internationally,” said Mr Fisher.

The scarves including the winning entries are now on display at the National Wool Museum until 27 August 2017.

A full list of the winning entries is available at

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