Australian Quilt Convention: Craigie cat gets 15 minutes of fame in embroidery


Craigie resident Anna Dyer’s work of her cat Bella. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Australian Quilt Convention: Craigie cat gets 15 minutes of fame in embroidery
Craigie resident Anna Dyer’s work of her cat Bella. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A CRAIGIE cat is having her moment of fame as her embroidered image travels around Australia.

Anna Dyer created the fabric artwork of pet feline Bella for the Australian Quilt Convention’s ‘paws and whiskers’ challenge earlier this year.

Made in a week and a half, Mrs Dyer’s textile piece was selected as a finalist in the competition and has been displayed at craft and quilt fairs around the country over the past several months.

Canberra craft enthusiasts will peruse the work this weekend before it moves to Brisbane in October.

The Belridge Secondary College fashion and design teacher said she liked the idea of the challenge and immediately thought of her pet.

“Bella, as her name suggests, is a beautiful cat who has been a close and loving companion since she adopted us when she was abandoned by her original owners when they divorced,” she said.

“She adores our garden and we spend many quality moments together in our little piece of heaven.”

She said the competition suited her as it allowed for a variety of techniques to be used.

“Bella’s tortoise shell coat was perfect to show many tones of colour plus direction in line and I included the garden background because she likes nothing better than to laze in the garden on a sunny day,” she said.

Mrs Dyer said she was proud to learn she was a finalist and viewing her piece on display at the Perth fair was also “thrilling”.

“It’s Australia-wide, it was a big deal,” she said.

“I was quite excited.”

The detailed work incorporates various elements and techniques including applique, free-hand machine embroidery and heat distressing.