Tim Gallagher dedicates his Wednesday mornings to patchwork.
Tim Gallagher dedicates his Wednesday mornings to patchwork.

QCWA bloke gives the girls a lift

IT is the last place you would expect to find a bloke.

Yet it seems even the Queensland Country Women’s Association eventually had to let them in, even if it was only for a cuppa and a little craft.

Meet Tim Gallagher the single, solitary male to grace the QCWA Border Division’s handcraft sessions in Grafton Street every Wednesday morning.

When asked if he was there to meet girls he smiled and the greying, needle-wielding set sitting along the trestle tables chuckled delightedly.

“I love craft. I use to draw and then I discovered sewing and patchwork,” Mr Gallagher explained.

“I had been doing it for years.

“But there just weren’t many sewing groups for men.”

He arrived at the QCWA rooms last year with his patchwork in hand, determined to give it a go.

“Yeah it was a little daunting to start with, but everyone was very friendly,” Mr Gallagher said.

“I like working with other people it gives you new ideas and challenges the way you do things.”

And the truly feminine crowd at the QCWA Border Division accepted the quietly spoken bloke with barely a ruffle.

Border Division handcraft chairman Michelle Wilson said it was “lovely” and her group worked on the premise “the more the better”.

“You don’t actually have to be a QCWA member to be involved in our handcraft group,” Mrs Wilson said.

“It really is for everyone who is a little creative.”

Long-time QCWA member Jean Hill cheekily added having a man in the midst of their group gave her a “little lift”.

Before going on to explain Mr Gallagher generously picked her up in his car on handcraft mornings.

“He is a very nice person and I don’t think anyone minds him being here at all,” Mrs Hill said.

Mr Gallagher fits in the craft mornings around working and volunteering with disability and aged care services.

When quizzed about what his mates think of his rather delicate hobby he laughed.

“They just take me as I am. Actually some are a bit impressed I do my own sewing and mending,” he said.

The QCWA Border Division handcraft group will have an open display from 9am on February 23 at the Grafton Street rooms.

“There just aren’t many sewing groups  for men”


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