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Great Alpine Arts Trail

Here’s a treat to make your Great Alpine Arts Trail weekend complete – get creative with one of the fabulous workshops and talks on offer on 5th and 6th May, all in the beautiful Tambo Valley between Ensay and Omeo/Benambra. Learn to use local native plants to dye yarn and fibre, try your hand at needle felting to make your own fuzzy felt creations, learn about Indigenous Basketry techniques and learn how our local award?winning olive grove produces fresh, organic oil that sells world-wide.

For lovers of wool, dyeing and felting there are two hands-on workshops on offer complete with a mountain-top experience above Tambo Crossing.  The Natural Dyeing Workshop with Cath Rayment on 5th May is a fun-packed day for people who want to eco colour their yarns or fibres for spinning, knitting, crochet, tapestry or weaving.

Discover the tantalizing world of hidden colour waiting to be unlocked, in the plants around you.  Learn how to obtain yellow through to orange and then red with Eucalyptus leaves, plus a brief look at Australian Native Indigo and other native plants.  The workshop runs from 10am – 3.30pm and costs $50.

At Sarah Carr’s Needle Felting Workshop on 6th May, you will learn all the techniques to get you started with needle felting, and to hone your existing skills.  Needle felting uses a sharp needle to turn wool roving into 3D objects.  You will also have the opportunity to turn your creations into a mobile or an artwork using other natural materials. Sarah has had a life-long love of an eclectic mix of arts and craft, and particularly enjoys crafting with felt because of its fluidity (and forgiving nature!).  The workshop is suitable for 10 years+, beginner and intermediate.  It runs from 9am – 1pm, and the cost is $50, morning tea with beautiful views down the Tambo Valley included.

Head on up to the Ensay Winery for a talk and demonstration of Indigenous Basketry by Cassie Leatham. Cassie will showcasing Indigenous techniques for weaving floor mats, baskets, and string bags.  Cassie has devoted her time to teaching Koorie youth these methods and techniques, as well as non-Indigenous people.

Cassie Leatham is a Taungurung/Wurundjeri woman of the Kulin Nation. Cassie was born on Gunai Kurnai country and is an active member of the Indigenous community and member of Ramahyuck Aboriginal Corporation in Sale.  The talk runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm and the cost is $10.

Driving north past Swifts Creek, turn right onto the Bindi Road, and you will find the picturesque Nullamunjie Olive Grove nestled in the Bindi Valley.  From Pits to Pith and Pasta with Annie Patterson is a glimpse inside this award winning olive grove.  Nullamunjie is a true single estate olive oil, grown, pressed and bottled on the estate.

Join the owner/founder, Annie Patterson, for an informative hour long talk about how this award winning olive grove produces fresh, organic oil that sells world-wide.  Annie will present her talk on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May from 10 – 11am (you can choose either day).  The cost is $12.50 and includes tea/coffee and a home-made scone.

Bookings are essential for all workshops and talks.  For more information go to and follow the links to the TryBooking website, or phone 0418 221 078.