Margie Statheos Interview

This is an interview with Margie Statheos, president, Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW. 2RDJ interviewed Margie during our 70th anniversary year. Karen Severn, a long time member of the Guild, is also in the interview.

Joan Fisher

The Guild’s Living Treasure and Life Member
Q. When did you first become interested in spinning and weaving?
A. In 1941 I was a nurse on a wartime hospital ship. We had many boys returning from the war. The Occupational Therapist, Marguerite Webb, asked the nurses to help set up some rigid heddle looms. The trip was about ten days, moving between Suez and Durban. The boys were from the Gordon Highlanders so we taught them tartans.
If the boys didn’t do good work we were very cranky, but most finished.
After the war, I bought my first loom from Anthony Hoderns — the same loom is now being used by a children’s group. I taught the children (including the boys) to make scarves.

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