Curlewis CWA member Jo-Ann Little knows a thing or two about crochet and has been recognised for her outstanding skill in this area. 

Jo-Ann spent many painstaking hours creating this exquisite example of handicraft, a crocheted parasol.

Such was the quality, the item was awarded grand champion of ‘The Land Section’ at the CWA State Centenary Conference.  

“It was a bucket list achievement – I am still stunned to have been able to tick off,” Jo-Ann said of the award.

A parasol is similar to an umbrella but without the curved handle. A parasol (in Latin para for “shelter or shield” and sol “sun”) is typically constructed from more delicate fabrics such as lace, cotton, silk, linen, canvas and plastic.

The award-winning designer Jo-Ann would also like to encourage other handicrafters to consider joining CWA. She said the camaraderie and support helped her achieve a new level of creativeness.  

The CWA of NSW last year celebrated its 100-year anniversary after its beginnings at the Bushwomen’s Conference held in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Show in Sydney in April 1922. 

The CWA was focused on fighting isolation and a lack of health facilities, members immediately starting work on setting up baby health care centres, funding more bush nurses, and building and staffing the likes of maternity wards, hospitals, schools, rest homes, and holiday getaways for rural and remote families.

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