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Here you find out about our wonderful tutors, and see some examples of their work that they demonstrate in our workshops.

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Joan Apthorp

Joan was born and brought up in South Africa, studied Fine Art at University, majoring in Sculpture;

Joan taught high-school Art in England

Joan took up spinning in 1980; and loves handspindling, and really loves demonstrating spinning and related crafts, and helping others learn them.

Lindy Boshler

Lindy participated in the 2009 Ashford Distributor's Retreat. Her hand-spun, hand-woven / hand-felted reversible jacket is included in the latest "Wheel" Magazine, distributed to Ashford members around the world.

She has been producing and designing exhibition standard craft pieces in spinning, weaving, lace crochet, knitting, tatting and embroidery for over 25 years and has won Champion prizes in Spinning, Crochet and Embroidery at the Brisbane Ekka and other competitions on many occasions.

She regularly demonstrates at the Queensland Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists' displays at the RNA and Convention Centre and is President of the Redcliffe Spinners, Weavers & Dyers.

Betty Franks

Jane Gardiner

Information to follow.

Elaine Karpowitz

Elaine has been working in the textile arts since the mid 80's. She initially used Procion to dye her fibres for weaving and later to dye the woven cloth. She has been using these dyes and the low immersion dyeing technique for a number of years to dye commercially woven cloth and silk scarves

Jenny King

Jenny was the first Australian to become as Professional Member of the Crochet Guild of America.

She has written and self published 13 crochet pattern books in the last 10 years. These have been sold in yarn shops in Australia, USA, UK, South Africa and New Zealand, Canada and USA.

Since beginning crocheting at the age of 8 Jenny has taught her craft internationally for over 10 years and is both a certified teacher of crochet with the Craft Yarn Council of America and a Home Economics teacher by profession and holds a Diploma of Textiles.

Her work has featured Crocheting for Fun and Profit Crochet! magazine Better Homes and Gardens.

Not only is Jenny an award winner with both 1st and 3rd place in the International Crochet Awards held in the UK in 2000 her designs have been in a featured in the exhibition of contemporary crochet entitled Hooked which toured Australia for over 2 years

Jenny the privilege of being the Guest Speaker for Professional Development Day for the Crochet Guild of America in 2000 and Banquet speaker at Crochet Renaissance in 2001 where both hosts were wearing gowns designed and made by Jenny.

Her quirky sense of humour and passion for the craft make her classes fun with an uniquely Australian slant.

Jenny is soon to be featured in Masters of Crochet and has the honour of teaching with Lily Chin on a craft cruise in October.

Prudence Mapstone

Prudence's unique way of blending two traditional crafts whilst often using upwards of 100 different yarns in the fabric for a single garment enables her to produce richly textured wearable-art pieces that still retain all of the flexibility, drape and fit of traditional knitwear. She has developed many techniques that make it possible to combine very diverse weights, gauges and yarn types, so that she can create the colour palettes and tactile fabrics she desires.

Over the past seven years she has shared her knowledge at many different shows and workshops in the UK, Denmark, New Zealand, Bermuda, Singapore, Canada and the USA, where she also once filmed an episode about some of her handbag-making techniques for a crafts program on American cable TV.

She loves colour and texture, and often just takes her inspiration from the wide range of interesting threads she chooses for each individual garment, working each yarn in a way that she feels will best add to the organic quality of the fabric she is creating.

In her workshops you can learn how easy it is to combine the age-old crafts of knitting and crochet together in the one design, discover just which stitches and techniques work best in particular situations, and find out how you can eventually join all of your freeform experiments together to create your own totally unique works of textile art. Freeform fabrics can be made to fit any size or shape of pattern, and could eventually become your own personal wearable art garment, one-of-a-kind accessory or unique home furnishing.


Kathy Moon

Cathy Moon is an Australian fiber artist whose work is inspired by the intense colors of her native landscape. She has attended workshops conducted by Australian shibori artists Margaret Barnett, Patricia Black and Philomena Hali as well as workshops run by American artists Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Jean Cacicedo.

"Shibori techniques are used as a starting point for my work as I am constantly fascinated by the infinite amount of design possibilities they provide for my fabric designs. Like the environment, shibori is ever evolving, providing the artist with an infinite number of designing possibilities.

I produce one of a kind clothing and art pieces and my work is influenced by the huge variety of intense, rich colours that are so much a part of the Australian landscape. I endeavour to reflect the combination of these colours with shibori techniques in my work."

Phillipa Rooke

Phillipa Rooke is a feltmaker whose primary focus is on hand-dyeing fine fabrics, wool and silk fibre, and threads for the making of nuno, or lightweight, felt often used for garments.

Phillipa has been teaching feltmaking for the past 20 years.

Phillipa first started felting in 1982. Since then she has taught and exhibited extensively, and been instrumental in setting up two felting groups. Phillipa teaches classes for Flying Arts, high schools, TAFTA Forums, small studio groups, and private classes at home and away.

Her current practice reflects her passion for fine felts with fabrics and includes an exploration of the appropriate use of coarser wool breeds.

Tricia Smout

Tricia Smout is a practising artist and registered teacher.

She creates innovative hangings, artist books, sculptures and wearable art in paper, fibre and fabric, using a wide range of techniques.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and published in journals in Australia and overseas.

Ursula Stehle

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