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SUE STEVENSON (article first published : 2003-11-13)

Durban lace-making teacher Sue Stevenson qualified as a teacher of fashion and textiles in England where she worked as head of department at a senior school in Leicester until her move to South Africa in 1980. Teaching has taken her all over Zimbabwe and South Africa where she has conducted courses for the Your Family Craft School, Durban’s Local History Museum and more recently Quilt Indaba 2003.

A keen interest in ancient textile techniques has resulted in a passion for knitting, bobbin and lacemaking and more recently braidmaking. Since 2003 Sue has been researching “Kimihimo”, a Japanese form of braidmaking which has taken her to England to attend classes. In 2001 her beaded Kumihimo neckpiece was selected by “Innovative Threads” an exhibition curated by Margie Garratt that travels overseas and one of her miniatures appears in the current international travelling exhibition curated by Jeanette Gilks titled “Major/Minors Exhibition”. This exhibition is expected to come to the Bayside Gallery in December.

She is a founder member of both the Cape and Natal Lacemakers Guilds and a member of Fibreworks, Natal Quilters and the Braid Society.

Contact Sue on 031 903 1527 or 083 725 6757. Sue conducts regular classes from Nimble Fingers in Kloof twice a month. No experience is necessary.




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