Bonnie Bannie Beanies

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By CRIS JOHNSTON

Bannockburn craftswoman Nicola Galt used a favourite blue flowering plant as inspiration for this year’s “Bannie Beanie” competition, held as part of the Across the Bridge in Bannockburn festival.

Hydrangea Blue (pictured above, left) was made from yarn spun and dyed by Melissa Lopez, of Cromwell, while Working Boys (right) was created by Ros Herbison, of Bannockburn, and won the award for best use of colour.

Bannockburn has resumed its more leisurely pace following a flurry of events held as part of the fifth annual Across the Bridge Festival, which came to a close on Sunday.

The festival opened with two sold-out screenings of Reel Life in Rural New Zealand, a programme of short films paying tribute to Otago-Southland’s rural history.

Festival co-organiser Jan Hawkins said the screenings in the Kawarau Woolshed were “incredibly well supported”.

Other events included art exhibitions, a writers’ forum, Scottish feast, art and craft market and concerts.

On Sunday, the inaugural Bud Burst Festival, celebrating the 2017 Bannockburn vintage, was held at the Bannockburn Hotel.

Entries in the traditional “Bannie Beanie” featured headwear made from a wide range of materials including tussock and husky dog fibre.

Mrs Hawkins said there had been nine entries, slightly down on last year, judged by artists Alan Waters, Bev Muir and Janet Middleditch.

Karen Mans, of Northburn, won the award for most unusual entry for her beanie crafted from tussock, while Ros Herbison, of Bannockburn, won the award for best use of colour for Working Boys created in mixed media including wet wool, chicken wire, paper mache and clay.