Kelmscott family brings crafting skills to market

Doreen Hoad, Maddie Prebble, Shevaune Prebble and Angela Prebble's crafts will be on display at the next Creative Community Market in Kelmscott, which will also be a fundraiser for beyondblue.
Doreen Hoad, Maddie Prebble, Shevaune Prebble and Angela Prebble's crafts will be on display at the next Creative Community Market in Kelmscott, which will also be a fundraiser for beyondblue.

CREATIVITY and crafting is in the blood of this Kelmscott family.

Angela Prebble, daughters Maddie and Shevaune Prebble, and the girls’ grandmother Doreen Hoad have been handmaking projects for generations.

Maddie (16) is behind Kelmscott’s Creative Community Market, which is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Both Maddie and her sister suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition with symptoms including chronic widespread pain and fatigue.

“Maddie used to sell at other markets but it got a bit too much for her, so we decided we’d start our own,” Mrs Prebble said.

“Mum’s been associated with this church for 40-odd years.We came down and had a look at the hall and asked the church if we could hire it, and we’ve been going since the end of March.”

“So now we’ve got quite a few local people, and some people who come from afar because they love it – it’s a little market and it’s indoors.”

Maddie said she loved being able to meet new people and introduce them to crafting.

“I’ve been crafting since I was born, pretty much since I could draw. Especially from my granny helping me throughout the years, inspiring me to be creative, and also my mum,” Maddie said.

“Around the age of 13 I decided to start a business and sell the things I made.”

The markets showcase a variety of talented locals selling wares from jewellery to pottery, woodworking, knitting, candles and more.

They will also be fundraising for beyondblue at their August market, with a raffle, awareness table and more.

The next Creative Community Market will be held on Saturday August 5, at St Mary’s in the Valley Hall, 6 River Road, Kelmscott.