– Images from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018

The world’s biggest Beanie Festival is one of those iconic Alice Springs events, held during the colder months of winter, when everyone needs a beanie…

Old Tom by artist Louise Thackray, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Old Tom by artist Louise Thackray

Old Tom by artist Louise Thackray (75 yrs), Melbourne VIC
Pure wools, browns, mustards, beanie knitted in helmet style. To be worn covering your face and peeking through Tom’s mouth! Tom is a character in Leigh Hobb’s books.


Xanthorrhoea by artist Rhoda Rettke, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Xanthorrhoea by artist Rhoda Rettke

Xanthorrhoea by artist Rhoda Rettke (62 yrs), Gympie QLD
I have used wet felting, printing, stitching and dying to create my beanie.


My Wombat Friend by artist Judith Spear, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
My Wombat Friend by artist Judith Spear

My Wombat Friend by artist Judith Spear (68 yrs), Lilydale VIC
Knit felted and wet felted beanie with wombat puppet crown.


Campfire by artist Soosie Jobson, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Campfire by artist Soosie Jobson

Campfire by artist Soosie Jobson, Fremantle WA
Merino wool – wet felted in one piece using complex resist, stitched and painted.


Kookaburra Up In The Old Gum Tree by artist Jacqueline Gibson, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Kookaburra Up In The Old Gum Tree by artist Jacqueline Gibson

Kookaburra Up In The Old Gum Tree by artist Jacqueline Gibson, Attadale WA
Wet felted merino wool and silk fibres. Stems and leaves are wired and machine/hard stitched.


Planet of the "Party" Ape's by artist Kristian Malinski, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Planet of the “Party” Ape’s by artist Kristian Malinski

Planet of the “Party” Ape’s by artist Kristian Malinski (42 yrs), Alice Springs NT
Needle felted on crochet base.


Gugalarrin - "Major Mitchel Dreaming" by artist Alli Symons, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Gugalarrin – “Major Mitchel Dreaming” by artist Alli Symons, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018

Gugalarrin – “Major Mitchell Dreaming” by artist Alli Symons (‘old’ yrs), SA
Knitted acrylic yarn and embroidery.


Stairway to Heaven by artist Debbie Petersen, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Stairway to Heaven by artist Debbie Petersen

Stairway to Heaven by artist Debbie Petersen (61 yrs), Tantawangalo NSW
I had an umbrella “hat” which I spray painted with gold then decorated with crocheted gold sars, gold thread stiotching and various gold charms, then attached the umbrella to a sturdy crocheted beanie dyed with tea.


To Infinity and Beyond by artist Soosie Jobson,, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
To Infinity and Beyond by artist Soosie Jobson

To Infinity and Beyond by artist Soosie Jobson, Fremantle WA
Merino wool – wet felted in one piece using complex multi-ribbed resist, stitched and decorated with handmade and recycledd buttons, and felt elements.


Toro by artist Judith Spear, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Toro by artist Judith Spear, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018

Toro by artist Judith Spear (68 yrs), Lilydale VIC
Knit felted and wet felted.


"News Flash - Croc Eats Sun" by artist Sue Smorthwaite, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
“News Flash – Croc Eats Sun” by artist Sue Smorthwaite, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018

“News Flash – Croc Eats Sun” by artist Sue Smorthwaite (54 yrs) Yallingup WA
Merino wool, paj silk and threads. Croc made with wet felted wool and silk around a resist. Hat also hand felted around a resist and then blocked and croc sewn into the hat.


Girls in a league of their own by artist Robyn Penman, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
Girls in a league of their own by artist Robyn Penman, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018

Girls in a league of their own by artist Robyn Penman, Goonoo Goonoo NSW
Jillaroos supporters
beanie – rugby league
proud to support


"Emu On My Mind" by artist Sarah Raven, Albion QLD, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 2018
“Emu On My Mind” by artist Sarah Raven

“Emu On My Mind” by artist Sarah Raven (44 yrs), Albion QLD
Crochetted beanbie made from wool/acrylic/cotten – embellished with fringing made from tulle, organza and more wool and acrylic yarn.

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