Festival takes us back a stitch in time

STITCHED UP: Lynne Sheedy and Lori Howlett are excited for this year's apron festival. Picture: Kate Healy

STITCHED UP: Lynne Sheedy and Lori Howlett are excited for this year's apron festival. Picture: Kate Healy

For most, the thought of an apron conjures up images of grandma cooking scones by a nice warm stove – not Star Wars’ Chewbacca.

But the Ballarat Apron Festival is turning tradition on its head, celebrating the vast array of aprons used by people from all different professions.

The festival will be held in conjunction with the Ballarat Heritage Weekend  on May 27 and 28 at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall and will include an apron display, vintage apron display, workshops and a makers market. 

Aprons from popular Ballarat-set series Doctor Blake Mysteries and a special series of Masonic aprons will also be on display.

“It’s a celebration of aprons which are all about doing actions such as gardening, being a chef, being a blacksmith, building,” festival executive Lynne Sheedy said. 

The only apron festival in the world, the Ballarat Apron Festival was established in 2013 and and is run by a small team of dedicated volunteers who know how to put on an apron and get the job done.