Community group sews threads of history
EVERY week a group of Cherbourg women get together to sew and have a yarn.
They meet in the building where they learned their crafty skills years ago.
Many Threads is a haven for crocheting, sewing and knitting enthusiasts who gather in Cherbourg to share their skills.
Attendee Shirley Law said she thought it was so good the group were able to use the same building she learned domestic skills with her peers, whilst still in school.
"When we were teenagers they brought us down here to teach us how to cook and sew," she said.
The girls would cook lunch for the younger students, who would also learn how to wash their hands and brush their teeth properly before and after their meal.
"I didn't appreciate it until I got older, wow I can do this I thought, when I was married and had my own children," Mrs Law said.
The students learned how to make a bed, do the washing up and how to polish the furniture.
Attendee Daisy Carlo said the girls had fun in between the serious classes.
"We had to cook for two grades, a hot meal and a dessert, and cook for ourselves," Ms Carlo said.
The Cherbourg women also sewed souvenir stuffed koalas for a Brisbane tourist shop on George St.
Many Threads now uses the building to share skills.
"I love it because it's where I learned to cook and sew," Ms Carlo said.
She enjoys teaching others to crochet.
"When I could see that they finally got the hang of it, that makes me happy," Ms Carlo said.
The rooms' walls are covered with tea towels decorated to tell the story of each of the group's members.
"It's great to come here every week, it's rewarding, and it's nice to come," Ms Carlo said.
On another wall hangs a collection of bras left over from the group's project which raised money for breast cancer.
The Canberra Museum bought 12 of the Cherbourg bras to display during breast cancer week.
Many Threads is actively involved in their community, and ran Cherbourg's NAIDOC celebrations this year.
Mrs Law said the group would love to have see some younger ladies come along to learn new skills at the group on Wednesday mornings.
"Sometimes you don't even sew, we just talk," she said.