ALONGSIDE her beloved collection of beautiful embroidery, Jean Mapley has held onto her first piece of work from under the sewing machine.
Her love for embroidery started when at the age of 12, she produced a single, white piece of material with every type of stitch the machine would allow, sewn on horizontally in varying colours of thread.
And it is this love of threads, design, colour and experimentation which has blossomed for Jean and is the driving passion behind each of her Wangaratta Show pavilion knitting, needlework and craft exhibits over the years.
Jean has entered in the Wangaratta Show for about 20 years and has been involved with the Greta Craft Group for the same amount of time.
For the last decade, Jean has been a member on the Wangaratta Show committee and in her time has taken care of the children’s section.
Every room in the Mapley’s Wangaratta South family home has some kind of embroidery hung on the walls or plump cushions on display with needlework ranging from cross, straight and Brazilian stitching to ribbon, red, stump and patch work decorating them.