Hello, and welcome to my website. On the following pages you will find information about my background as a silk quilter, the lectures I give and classes I teach, as well as a gallery of some of my work.
Textiles have been part of my life since my childhood in Christchurch, New Zealand. My grandmother and mother taught me to knit and sew before I started school. I first started quilting in 1978 while living in Southern California, as a recently retired radiographer and new mother,and this interest has continued to develop since our return to New Zealand.
Over the last 30 years my work has developed from traditional hand stitched pieces to original machine pieced and quilted garments and wall hangings.
I have always been fascinated by silk, and now use it almost exclusively. All my work is of original design, primarily machine patchwork and quilting. I often incorporate other fibre techniques - machine embroidery, fabric flowers, fabric dyeing, beading and construction.
Many of my designs originate as a result of my travels, particularly to India and other destinations in the East and are sold privately, and at exhibition.
Most of the classes I teach now also focus on silk and the ‘tricks of the trade’ for using it effectively in quilting If you wish to contact me to discuss the classes I offer, or the possibility of me developing a new class to suit your needs, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have taught patchwork and embroidery since 1983. In recent years I have taught classes locally and at NZ Quilt Symposiums since 2001.
My teaching has covered a wide range of areas over the years. At present my classes, focus on silk quilting, but I have also taught:
- Basic stitchery
- Fabric dyeing and painting
- Painted backgrounds for embroidery.
- Children’s group
- Fabric flowers
- New Zealand Certificate classes in patchwork and quilting
- Finishing techniques
For a fuller CV/Resume of my experience as a quilter and teacher, you can go here.
I find teaching very rewarding, and get great pleasure from the achievements of my pupils.
My aim is to send every student home with:
-a piece of work well underway
-the confidence to complete it
-many other projects planned!
To that end I prefer teaching practical classes where design decisions evolve naturally and are not a preliminary hurdle.