Celebrate Burnie Shines at the Pioneer Village Museum

October is full of excitement in Burnie.

The Pioneer Village Museum is holding three unique workshops giving you the opportunity to learn a heritage skill during Burnie Shines.

Pioneer Village Museum Curator Georgia Luck said, “We are holding three full day workshops, where you can learn the skill of quilt making, felting or basket making.

“These workshops are run by local artists. It’s a great way to celebrate Burnie Shines and our City’s theme of City of Makers.”

The first workshop titled ‘What’s a Wagga?’ is being held on Saturday 8 October from 10am to 4pm. In this workshop, artist Aukje Boonstra will teach participants how to make a wagga.

“A wagga is a sort of quilt originally made by Australian pioneers from anything they had on hand. Most commonly they were made from old sugar and flour bags, pieces of old blankets and clothing scraps. 

“In this workshop you can create your own quilt using material scraps or old clothing with sentimental value to you. It’s a great way to celebrate the ‘waste not, want not’ culture of the pioneers,” Miss Luck said.

The second workshop teaching the skill of felting is scheduled for Saturday 15 October 10am to 4pm.

“Felting is the oldest method of making fabric with a history of over 12,000 years. The workshop will be run by June Hope who will help you create a modern piece using the ancient craft of felting.”

To wrap up the month, a third workshop featuring the skill of basket making will be held on Saturday 22 October at 10am to 4pm.

“Participants will get to make their own melon basket and learn the heritage skill of basket construction.

“Local artist Janine Morris will assist you as you create your own basket using natural and recycled materials,” she said.

No previous experience is required. There are only limited spaces at each workshop. Cost is $50 per workshop. Phone 6430 5746 or email museum@burnie.net for more information or to secure your spot.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net