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.
Q. When did you first become interested in the Guild?
A. In 1975 I met Warril Evans who was a spinner from the Guild at an exhibition at Grace Bros.
Q. What were your early interests?
A. I began felting in 1985 and fell in love.
Q. What do you hoard?
A. I hoard yarns and bits and pieces of all sorts.
Q. What are your main interests now?
A. Watching people develop. I have seen lots of people grow up.
Jack Harrison was the President when I joined the Guild.
I went to New Zealand to learn carding and spinning.
Spinning has always been my area of relaxation — I enjoy the individualism of taking something from the raw material that no one else has touched, and turning it into something beautiful.
Q. What have been your greatest achievements?
A. I have never been competitive so I don’t enter competitions, but I feel a great sense of achievement when I look at the work of students. I also enjoy helping isolated people — I have been involved in a class at Brewarrina.
I also am very proud of my book on felting.