TOP KNOT: Gladstone macrame textiler Andrea Rohdmann's owl took three hours to make.
TOP KNOT: Gladstone macrame textiler Andrea Rohdmann's owl took three hours to make. Caroline Tung

Popular hobby enters Feast on East markets

A GLADSTONE textiler is spreading a popular hobby in Gladstone at Feast on East markets.

A long-time macrame maker, Andrea Rohdmann feels "very fortunate” to show off her creations at Feast on East for the first time.

"Macrame textiling is creative expression through doing knots,” Ms Rohdmann said.

"There's hundreds and hundreds of different knots to do.”

Ms Rohdmann started the hobby as a teenager and learnt the ropes from her aunt as a high school student.

Her intricate handmade items such as hanging vases, shelving and animals can take up to three hours to make.

Ms Rohdmann makes macrame at home using materials such as natural fibres and Australian-made cotton, creating "all sorts of things”.

"I've been doing it for a long time and because of that I decided to set up market stalls,” she said.

Ms Rohdmann has also been displaying work at other local markets such as BAM, PCYC and Gladstone City Farmer's Market.

Business at the market is also going well for food vendors this month, but many owners say they rely on locals buying their products.

Kebab van owner Gassan Sangari said: "We are very lucky in Gladstone the locals support us a lot.”

Tasty Street Food owner Jolene Wilmott said her business has "a good local following”.

"If it was just the boat, it may not be worth bringing so much food,” she said.



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