Textile artists share their craft

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Southern Patchwork and Quilters Circle president Dale Greene (left) and workshop tutor and textile artist Griet Lombard, of Waitarere Beach.

IN a light-filled lounge above the action of the climbing wall and games of squash, almost 20 sewers busily created works of textile art in the ILT Stadium Southland Legends Lounge, in Invercargill, last weekend.

Portraits of bunnies, long-eared rabbits which may have been mistaken for classical hares, with a diverse range of expressions, and panels of Faded Roses were created by members of the Southern Patchwork and Quilters Circle on their sewing machines during the two-day workshop.

One of The bunnies which was created at the workshop.

Circle president Dale Greene said she had seen examples of textile artist Griet Lombard’s work “on the website of another quilter” and was inspired to invite her to Invercargill to tutor the two different workshops.

“This has been the first one for a while… and we are hoping to hold more in the future.”

Well-known in textile, quilting and embroidery circles, Mrs Lombard showed examples of portrait bunnies she had created and explained how to compose them on the Saturday, while the next day, the sewers learned how to create Faded Roses using vintage fabrics, other materials and a variety of stitches and techniques.

Example of Faded Roses by textile artist Griet Lombard, of Waitarere Beach.

Originally from South Africa, Mrs Lombard, now of Waitarere Beach, north of Levin, said she had been interested in textile art for “as long as she could remember” and was continually asked to tutor at workshops throughout the country.

Mrs Greene said circle members were thankful to “Creative Communities who provided generous funding which enabled our workshops to be held”.

As well as the weekend workshops, circle members worked on a diversity of projects some their own work, group projects, charity quilts for a variety of organisations and sewing for Southland Hospital such as distraction bags for children going into surgery and other types of bags to hold various after-surgery objects, Mrs Greene said.

There were 32 members in the circle, and more were welcome to join. They met on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Hearing Association Rooms, Leet St.

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