Make do & mend

a community art installation by the local community of the Scenic Rim, Queensland

When my textile artist friend Bec was asked by our local council to come up with a community art installation with the theme: 'Make do & Mend' which related to the times in the war, when one just had to make do, Bec come up with a brilliant idea! #stellerlocal

What if the community would come together and knot a shaggy rug with leftover fabric.

And what if we would get everyone involved making 20.000 beads to make a fly screen curtain.

While Fifi, Bec's cat was overlooking everything...sort of.

Of course there will be a lovely gathering with endless cups of tea & scones with jam & cream.

Plus little helpers.

An old rocking chair, found on the side of the road to be recovered with used second hand denim.

It was amazing to see, how everything came together. The beads hanging on a string, endless knots where made & the rug was taking shape.

Needless to say, everyone worked really hard.

Finally the curtain was up & the rug with the chair was placed under it.

Even the chair got beautifully re-covered! Fifi was pretty happy with the result.

The installation was showcased at the Arts Centre at Beaudesert, Queensland thanks to 50 local woman. When sitting on the rocking chair, looking through the colourful beads, you can also listen to the stories Bec recorded about woman in the war, who 'Made do & Mend' Thanks for stepping by. For more pictures & local stories check out my

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  • ultrateg

    Lovely photos

  • wongski

    What a wonderful first Steller Story, with fantastic images and engaging text. Superbly done Sabine! πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘

  • yellowillow

    I'm with @wongski Great project too

  • christinehsharp

    Beautiful, Sabine.

  • deborah_brandon

    Such a magical and inspiring story β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

  • beurrenoisette_

    Beautiful and so inspiring, dear Sabine ❀️❀️

  • byfrlsonntag

    such a beautiful inspiring story that shows how much you care about your community dear sabine. love all the details about it tooπŸ™ŒπŸ»β€οΈxxx

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  • Kardemomme

    I love it so much Sabine! Everything looks so lovely! Inspiring ladies! I had to change my name in here a little after the hacker took over my accounts..happy week dear Sabine! :)

  • tbyrnes

    Awesomeness! Congrats to the whole community for something this special

  • saltedcaramel

    It's awesome!

  • _housefrau

    @ultrateg Thanks Donny.

  • _housefrau

    @wongski Thanks so much for your kind words Chris!!! This really means a lot to me! β˜ΊοΈπŸ™πŸ» xx

  • cecilemolinie

    Wow Sabine, this is Wonderful. The work, the Spirit, the community... πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  • _housefrau

    @yellowillow Thanks dear Anne! ☺️

  • _housefrau

    @christinehsharp Thanks lovely! πŸ™πŸ»β˜ΊοΈβ€οΈ

  • _housefrau

    @deborah_brandon Thanks dear for your always kind words! ☺️❀️😘

  • the_storyteller

    Fantastic local effort & story! Love it! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» congrats again!

  • absnthemndedswd

    Lovely story with lots of heart my dear πŸ™ŒπŸ” makes me think that me and F should try to find time to get back on here 😱 much love πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

  • foodbandits

    Lovely story! Love the light of your photos xx

  • mariafynsknorup

    Such a lovely story Sabine! I would have loved to be part of that event <3 A fabulous idea and installation :) Much love xxxx

  • myclectic

    I love the chair upholstered with denim jeans

  • rosiryder

    So lovely Sabine!! Congrats once again πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ˜˜ just joined and trying to figure everything out 😁

  • mrandmrscharlie

    So fantastic ! I'm so happy to have found you here !

  • _housefrau

    @beurrenoisette_ Thanks dear Hazel. These ladies are truly inspiring! And Bec'a place is so utterly picturesque! ❀️😘

  • _housefrau

    @byfrlsonntag You have always the kindest words Simone! We are so going to visit Bec's place next year! ❀️❀️😘

  • _housefrau

    @mysuburbanfarm Thanks dear Ainslee!!!πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ’™

  • _housefrau

    @Kardemomme Thanks ever so much for your super lovely words dear Benedicite! And I hope that person who hacked into your account will receive bad karma back...much love & light from sunny Queensland Australia coming your way! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ˜˜

  • _housefrau

    @tbyrnes Thanks so much Tricia! It was truly a community spirit moment! ✨ xx

  • _housefrau

    @julzhipa Thanks Julia!!! Xx

  • _housefrau

    @cecilemoli Thanks so much Cecile! That's what I love so much about this place I live, the passionate & inspiring people that live here! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

  • _housefrau

    @absnthemndedswd Thanks Peter! This means a lot to me, since you & F. are pros here on @Steller !!! Maybe you will create stories around your new community & your new home! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

  • _housefrau

    @foodbandits Thanks dear Suus! So glad you liked it! I tried a different edit. Hope you are all good over in NL! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

  • _housefrau

    @mariafynsknorup Thanks dear Maria! I know you would have fitted right in! One day you will come here & we do one of these gatherings together (with knitting needed in one hand & the camera in a be other πŸ˜‰) πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

  • _housefrau

    @myclectic Me too! Not bad for a roadside find! πŸ’™ xx

  • _housefrau

    @rosiryder Hello Rosie! So glad you joined @Steller It's so much fun! Much love from qld. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜˜

  • rosiryder

    Ahh thanks! Sorry about the late reply!! Been crazy busy,!! Hope your well 😘


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