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2014 National Beanie Competition Winners

The Stellar Star People's Choice of 2014

Winner: Nancy Hall, Planet Pantomime, Alice Springs



Other favourites include Doris Madden's Alien Attraction Alf & Evie, pictured above, and Kris Malenski and Sharon Maher.


1 Celestial Bodies

Winner: Heavens Above – Carrie Jacobi, Newcastle NSW

Special Mention: Solar Flare – Joan Stanley, Coffin Bay, SA

Carrie's remarkable work took out the prize. The main body of the beanie is the sun. The planets rotate around it on a pinwheel


2 Outer Space

Winner: Alien – Julie Brennan, Moruya, NSW

Special Mention: Alien Attraction Alf & Evie – Dorris Madden, Warnambool, Vic

Julie Brennan's piece was pure alien and highly sculptural.

3 Planet Earth Beanie

Winner: Terrestrial Gnosis – Jane Flower, WA

Special Mention: Emu – Rhonda Williams, Willuna, WA

Terrestrial Gnosis – Jane Flower, WA

Emu – Rhonda Williams, Willuna, WA.

4 Earth friendly beanie

Winner: Stripey Mukata – Tjaria Stanley, Ernabella, SA

Special Mention: Crystalalien, Penny O’Neill, Monee Ponds, Vic


Tjaria's gorgeous work is hand spun in natural fibres and beautifully crocheted. (above) Penny O'Neill's fabulous piece is made in recycled plastics, full of bling and shine.

5 The Eileen Bladon Tea-Cosy Prize

Winner: Bush Cuppa – Marilyn Hunter, Alice Springs NT (see below)

Special Mention: Saturn – Fay Butt, WA

6 The Central Australian Prize

Winner: Untitled – Sharelle, Nyrripi, NT

Special Mention: Untitled - Vina Gallagher, Nyrripi NT

7 Ashfords Prize for Best Hand-felted Beanie

Winner: Is Anybody Out There – Andrea Veihelmann, Germany

Special Mention: Yacka Surprise – Shirley Jones, Elizabeth, SA

There was some remarkable felting entered in this year's competition. Even so, this work sent from Germany was a stand out.

Shirley Jones' gorgeous felting

8 The Stitching Prize

Winner: Let me bring you down to Earth – Shaz Harrison-Williams, Tasmania

Special Mention: Coral Brain – Alli Symons, Millswood SA


The Coral Brain, by Alli Symons

9 Kids Prize

Winner: Starchild –Clamarose Basso, Alice Springs NT

Special Mention: Ruby’s Stripes - Ruby Kelly, Garden Island Creek, Tas


Clamarose with her winning beanie, felted and embroidered.

 Ruby's Stripes

Brooke from the School of the Air, learnt to knit via the internet. She is pictured knitting with her horse. Thankyou to all the schools and children that contributed work for our exhibition. The judges had great difficulty choosing as the work was all so wonderful.

10 Youth Prize

Winner: Untitled – Martin Roberts, Fregon, SA

Special Mention: Intergalactic Fantasy – Alexander Bruer, School of the Air


11 The Alice Springs Beanie Festival Acquisition Prize

Winner: ET Holding the Moon the planets are swinging– Stacy Peterson, Willuna, WA (pictured below)

Special Mention: Green Alien Beanie – Debbie Peterson, Tantawanglo, Candelo, NSW

Green Alien Beanie – Debbie Peterson, a gorgeous piece, a simple concept, beautifully crafted.


 Many thanks to our judges who engaged with the work for many hours in order to bring us the winners of 2014.

Friday June 20 - Monday June 23, 2014

The Festival Program included exhibitions, Craft Workshops, live entertainment, scrumptious food and the opportunity to meet and experience the Indigenous people of remote Central Australia through workshops, demonstrations, art and genuine bushtucker (yes, kangaroo tail is on the menu!).

A highlight in the Alice Springs calendar, the Beanie Festival is the perfect reason to Plan A Trip to the Red Centre and explore this rich, divine part of the world.

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For Every One

Our mission is to offer all the people of the world the opportunity to engage in the arts. You don’t have to make it to the Beanie Festival to be a part of the Alice Springs Beanie Loving Community. You can become a Beanie Maker, a VolunteerSupport Us or be a proud wearer of an original Alice Springs Beanie Festival Beanie from anywhere around the globe.

And we help….

We are a Not-For-Profit Organisation.  Our inspiration is providing support and opportunites for the remote Indigenous people of Central Australia through Indigenous Beanie Making Programs and attending the Festival.

We also assist others in need. Through a variety of organisations we provide free beanies to the old, the young, the disadvantaged and those living with cancer.

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