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Art of lacemaking on display in Echuca

A crafty expert was flown into Echuca from Sydney to help teach the braid lace technique this week.

ZACH HUBBER March 7, 2014 4:34am

Pauline Moore and lacemaking expert Ethel Zuccolotto.

Women from across rural Victoria converged on an Echuca backyard to learn the fine art of braid lacing this week.

Rich River Lacemakers flew lacemaking expert Ethel Zuccolotto from Sydney for three days of expert teaching thanks to a $750 community grant from Campaspe Shire.

Ms Zuccolotto tutored the 15 women, who travelled from as far as Mildura and Swan Hill, from Tuesday to yesterday.

Rich River Lacemakers founder Trina McInerney, who donated her backyard to the workshop, said it was great to have someone of Ms Zuccolotto’s ilk in Echuca.

‘‘Ethel is a quality lace-making teacher,’’ Mrs McInerney said.

‘‘There are very few like her in Australia.

‘‘Braid lace is a difficult type of lace. It’s a difficult technique.’’

Mrs McInerney said the grant had been put to good use.

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