Category Archives: 2012 Show

Record Number of Entries for Woolcraft Competition

It’s gearing up to be a great Show to celebrate 40 years of Woolcraft with a record-breaking number of 360 entries in the Woolcraft Competition! Every state in Australia is represented along with international representation from New Zealand. Volunteers can’t wait to start unpacking the parcels to view the well-crafted exhibits for judging day next Wednesday. There will be many oohs and aahs! Be sure to make the Art and Craft Pavilion your first stop at the show to view the competition winners and a special 40 years of Woolcraft exhibit.

Celebrating 40 years of Woolcraft

Need a Custom Made Wooden Tool or Part?

Carved sunBendigo Woodturners will be demonstrating wood turning, pyrography, chip carving (done with a pocket knife) and working with a scroll saw outside Pavilion 4. Finished items will be for sale inside. The woodturners are always willing to make items for spinning, knitting, etc. Don’t hesitate to ask!

Redgum, Elm and Poplar lidded pot

Volunteers Needed for WOOL in Couture Fashion

WOOL in Couture Fashion from the Darnell Collection

July 2nd – July 22nd [Closed Tuesdays], 11am – 4pm at 7 Dudley House, View Street, Bendigo

This stunning vintage collection includes wonderful woollen fashion from Pucci, Chanel, Dior, Geoffrey Beene, Prue Acton, Courreges, Zandra Rhodes and Yves St Laurent.

Surround yourself with some of the world’s best woollen couture. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday next week for care-taking the exhibition and promoting the Australian Sheep and Wool Show program to visitors. The venue is heated and has a kitchenette with tea/coffee making facilities, so it is quite comfortable.

Wednesday 18th July – Friday 20th July

AM Shift (11am – 1pm) – you will need to collect the keys for Dudley House from The Capital. There will be no need to turn the alarm on or off as there is another tenant in the building who will be on site between 9am – 5pm. The heater is opposite the kitchen – press the yellow button to turn on. Please turn on spots (light switches x 4 under the stairwell) and display cabinet light.

PM Shift (1pm – 4pm) – you will meet up with the volunteer who did the AM shift, collect the keys and work your shift until 4pm, lock up and return your keys to The Capital. Please turn OFF heater, spots and display cabinet lights.

Saturday 21st July – Sunday 22nd July

Details to be determined.

Contact Abigail Place on 0408 561 114 to volunteer or for more information.

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2012 Feature Breed: Suffolk

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show will feature the breeds of the Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association (ASSBA) in 2012.

Woolcraft will be featuring a selection, which includes: Suffolk

Suffolk sheepSuffolk fleece

Objective of the Breed

To provide a suitable sire for crossing with other breeds to produce the ideal prime lamb


Moderately short, close, fine fibre, without tendency to mat or felt together, and well defined, that is, not shading off into dark wool or hair. Suggested wool count 58s-60s


The ideal Suffolk ram should be well balanced and proportioned. He will be free moving and of alert appearance with masculine outlook.


The ideal Suffolk ewe will be similar, but with due regard to feminine characteristics and indicating good maternal qualities.


Head: Evidence of horns
Legs: Hocks too closely set
Skin: Not inclined to blue or spotted
Fleece: Black fibre or coloured wool throughout fleece. Black spots anywhere


General: Hornless. Face black and long, and muzzle moderately fine, especially in Ewes. (A small quantity of clean white wool on the forehead not objectionable.)
Ears: Not carried erect, of good length, black and fine texture
Eyes: Bright and full
Neck: Moderate length and well set. (In Rams, stronger, with a good crest)


Shoulders: Broad and oblique
Chest: Deep and wide
Back and Loin: Long, level, and well covered with flesh. Tail broad and well set up. The ribs long and well sprung, with a full flank
Legs and Feet: Straight and black, with fine and flat bone. Woolled to knees and hocks, clean below. Legs set well apart. Hind legs well filled with mutton
Skin: Fine, soft, and pink colour
Flesh: Even and firm handling all over
Belly: (also Scrotum of Rams) Well covered with wool

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2012 Feature Breed: Romney

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show will feature the breeds of the Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association (ASSBA) in 2012.

Woolcraft will be featuring a selection, which includes: Romney

Romney sheepRomney fleece

The Australian Romney is a large, dual purpose sheep producing strong, heavy wool and very good lambs, with a large proportion of twins. Crossed with other wool breeds the Romney will produce an ideal prime lamb mother with extremely good wool production. Over a period of time it has proven to be the sheep with one of the strongest constitutions and best feet of any breed in the higher rainfall areas of Australia.


It is a desirable feature of the Romney that the wool can range from 44s to 50s (30 to 40 microns) for individual strains of sheep. Each has its environmental place, its markets, and each should be grown to suit specific manufacturing needs. The fleece should be dense, but free opening and the staple well defined, full and oval shaped, not flat. In addition to being semi lustrous and soft, it should have the necessary bulk and handle well. Uniformity of covering is essential, should be maintained from the shoulder to the extremities. Weak or wasty back wool is not typical of the breed and is not acceptable.


The head, carried high, should be expressive of quality, character, and sex. A broad forehead, level between the ears, which should be of a good size, thick and felty and free from black spots. A wide poll, well covered with wool, free from kemp with no horns. The eyes should be large, bright and prominent, giving a look of alertness and vigour and the face full, and covered with a soft creamy, downy hair, almost free from wool. The muzzle should be preferably coal black with open nostrils, the jaw wide and strong with teeth meeting the pad correctly.


The neck should be strong and smoothly joined at the shoulders and should be no longer than necessary to preserve the balance of the animal. Shoulders should be well coupled and fit smoothly into the carcase of the sheep, and the blades must not on any account protrude above or even quite reach the top of the vertebrae. A flat heavy shoulder should be avoided.

Feet and Legs

The feet should be of sufficient size, and so shaped, that the toes will open with the weight of the body and preferably be of black horn, although a streaky foot should not disqualify. The pasterns should be strong and springy, and all legs set at points of perfect balance. The cannon bone should be of sufficient length to maintain adequate height off the ground. Hocks should be strong and set well apart, straight hocks, as with straight pasterns, are very objectionable. Brown or rusty hair on the legs is not acceptable.


Skin should be a healthy pink, free, soft and thick.


The Romney is a well balanced, stylish sheep with free movement.

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