Tutors

The Guild is pleased to have good teachers for our craft. The list below is a list of current teachers for our courses as well as members who offer courses directly to students or groups. Please feel free to contact our teaching members to organise a workshop in your area. If you are a member and would like to add your name to this list contact the Guild.

Liudmila (Lucy) Abramova

Lucy has worked as a scientist and researcher in contemporary polymer composite materials with two uni diplomas and a masters degree. Despite this technical background, she also has certificates in design, home decor, dress/hat making, theatrical costumes, costume jewellery, french flowers. Lucy has an incurable passion for textiles of all varieties: clothing, accessories, toys, tea cosies, embroidery, sculpture and saori weaving to name a few.

Lucy has exhibited her work nationally and internationally where she has received numerous awards. She possesses fourteen (yes fourteen) “standard of excellence” medals from the Royal Easter Show. Lucy uses creative, high quality materials to produce texture. Her work is often three dimensional and uses bold colour combinations. Lucy says that all new directions for textile development is on the sharp edge between ancient/traditional craft, well developed skills and modern, hi-tech achievements.

Ann Beatty

Ann is an experienced spinner and has taken on the task of teaching new spinning students for the Guild. Ann received her BA from Sydney University in English and Fine Arts. Though originally intending to be a teacher, Ann concentrated her artistic skills working first in animation at Hanna Barbera Studios and then as a graphic designer with ABC.

Her first wheel was a Wee Peggy purchased for her by her parents. Ann rediscovered spinning in 1999 when introduced to the Guild. She has taken courses from many of the Guild teachers along the way. Ann still spins on her Wee Peggy wheel today.

Ann is always an active member of the Guild from supporting roles to presidency. Ann has won awards not only for her spinning, but also for her clever designs in tea cosies. Ann has raised bunnies for fibre and continues to be an animal advocate regardless of their fibre production.

Elizabeth Calnan

Liz is an experienced tutor for weaving, dyeing and spinning. Liz offers a wide range of prepared workshops ready for groups and classes from beginner to advanced levels. Liz has a beautiful studio where she teaches many of her courses. The studio is filled with looms of all kinds.

P: 02 9868 2753
M: 0403 026 927
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Wendy Cartwright

Wendy learned to weave in the seventies and has been weaving ever since. Wendy is fascinated with the weave, colour, texture etc. as she applies it to her main interest: weaving fabric for clothing in a large range of weaves. She enjoys the challenge of meeting the fashions of the day in natural fibres and historic weaves. More recently she is making jewellery, knitting and crocheting with sterling silver wire and beads.

Wendy completed three years of the craft textile course at Strathfield School of Textiles, obtained an Associate Diploma in teaching and many workshops with overseas tutors. Wendy has taught spinning and weaving for over 10 years. Wendy co-authored the book Weave (Murdoch Books, 2006), has exhibited her work, is a member of Intertwining, North Shore Craft Group, Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW (gallery in The Rocks) and, of course, this Guild

P: 02 9451 8151
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Marie Clews

As well as a teaching certificate, Marie has a Certificate in Designer Textiles (Spinning & Weaving) from Tafe NSW and a Diploma of Art (Tapestry) from SWTAFE (Warrnambool). She has attended workshops in spinning and tapestry weaving given by national and international tutors. She dyes yarn for tapestry weaving and helps organise the annual AuNZ Tapestry Challenge.

Marie has exhibited her spinning, weaving and tapestries in Australia and overseas.

P: 02 9872 1599
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Yvonne Eade

Yvonne teaches design and colour and woven tapestry workshops for beginner through intermediate students. Yvonne has a Diploma of Arts (Tapestry) from SWTAFE (Vic) and is an experienced tapestry weaver and tutor.

P: 04 0710 4385
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Cheryl Fletcher

Cheryl has been spinning for 28 years, taught by the ladies of the Berry group together with other tutors from time to time. She has a passion for cashmere goats which she has been raising for 30 years. While clearly enjoying the benefits of having her own cashmere supply, she is curious about all fibres whether protein or cellulose. In recent times, Cheryl has been weaving with the Berry group and the Guild Summer School providing education and support.  Fine spinning, possibly because of the cashmere connection, was one of her goals as she had a passion for Orenberg lace shawls, leading into Bothwell’s “Longest Thread Challenge”.

In addition to her fibre training, Cheryl has a Cert IV in Workplace Training and an Adv Dip Accounting.

Helen Halpin

Weaving for over 30 years, Helen is fascinated with the entire process required to create a piece of fabric particularly for scarves, wraps, vests and cushion covers using wool, silk and cotton. Helen loves the mathematics of setting up the loom, using colour and exploring numerous weave structures.

Helen was taught to weave at Bondi Evening College by the late Jack Harrison and completed two years of the TAFE weaving course. A constant learner, Helen has attended various workshops run by this Guild, Textile Fibre Forums at Mittagong and Orange and, more recently, at Contextart in the Blue Mountains.

Helen is an active participant in the weaving arts as a Guild committee member, a director of TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts) and the editor of a ‘no frills’ newsletter called “Weavers Forum”. She lives with her husband, Larry, and her two floor looms in the Blue Mountains where, since retiring, she spends her time in her beautiful studio weaving, knitting and gardening.

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Iris Horoch

Iris worked for many years before entering university as a mature age student, choosing to follow a career in law rather than botany only because at that time law had better work prospects. After retiring Iris dabbled a bit here and there looking for a creative outlet and found just the thing when picking up a couple of knitting books at a local library.  She says, “Wow. The world had moved a long way since I had last bought a pattern and wool. And of course all that wonderful information on the internet was waiting to be discovered.”  Iris was off and running after discovering double knitting, brioche, then shadow knitting. The first classes Iris taught were in shadow knitting. The Guild invited her to do a workshop on knitting technique. Well, that was right up Iris’ alley: researching and teaching knitting technique. It is also a long way from when her dad taught her to knit with long nails and string and from practising law.

Ann Jackson

Ann JacksonAnn is an avid spinner with skills in weaving, felting and many other crafts. She has been sharing her knowledge via teaching, Ravelry, and spinning study group with the Guild. One of Ann’s many fibre specialities is spindling and she is the reason for many spindling addictions within the greater Sydney area.

Lindsay Pells

20150317_095112Lindsay has her credentials in education and art from not only Edinburgh, but also UNSW and Melbourne. She has done plenty of teaching: primary, high school and currently doing primary aged art and craft.  She worked for a year at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop.  You can find out more about Lindsay on her facebook page as well as tapestryweaving.org.

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Barbara Schey

Barbara is an experienced tutor offering classes in: shibori in glorious colour; disappearing shibori;buttons, boxes and blossoms; cotton spinning; and cyanotype.

P: 02 9484 94485
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Denise Stevens

Denise teaches tapestry weaving, loom weaving (beginner to 8-shaft), understanding and using colour for spinners, weavers and felters.

P: 02 4441 4965
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Ann Weller

Ann WellerAnn began spinning singles on a drop spindle while in school culminating back then in a large, hook rug using several colours of natural fleece for an HSC art piece. Though continuing her fine art education in various locations around Australian universities, this goal was disrupted by the sequential arrival of her three children.

After living in numerous overseas locations for many years, Ann was delighted to return to her spinning wheel which had been acquired then placed in storage.

Her current obsession, blending fibres for colour, came about when she couldn’t find commercial yarns suitable for a crochet project requiring many (50) colours of fine, lace weight yarn. She was inspired by an old Pantone colour card, which belonged to her father-in-law who had once worked in the paint industry. Using this paint mixing concept, she used pre-dyed wool tops which best matched these “printers primary” colours and treated the fibres like paint.  A crocheted scarf was the final product, made with a hundred or so colours.

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