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A little bit about Angela D
I was born in the UK and came with my family to live in Australia in the mid ’70s. I trained in Sydney as a primary school teacher, with a specialisation in Teaching English as a Second Language. I currently work full time in accident prevention, needlecraft and textile design being my hobby.
I have always had an interest in needlecrafts, and like most needlecraft enthusiasts, was “born with a needle and thread in my hands”. As a child I would beg sewing scraps, buttons, lace and trims from my mother to make dolls clothes and other items. I learned to knit and crochet at an early age and was making my own clothes by the time I reached high school. At university, I chose textile crafts as my general study and learned the arts of batik, macrame, hand embroidery and weaving. As a teenager, I was given a set of old lace making bobbins, but had no idea how to use them. With the advent of the internet, I soon discovered another aspect of textile crafts and lace making was added to my list of textile obsessions. Over the years I have developed a keen interest in the revival of old hand worked textile techniques, including drawn thread embroidery, bobbin and needle lace making, tatting, raised embroidery techniques, spinning, dyeing and weaving.
Machine embroidery, while a relatively newcomer to the world of textiles, is based on the very same techniques that have been used over the centuries and the techniques of the past are now expressed in the technological techniques of textile design today. For me, machine embroidery is a fascinating blend of the two worlds and much of my work is experimenting with new ways to achieve old techniques. My website is aimed at sharing those techniques with you.
I would also like to pay tribute to my long suffering family, who have silently (and at times not so silently) suffered through my obsession with textiles and put up with my mess. I’ve gradually taken over the guest room by stealth, filling it with more materials than one person could ever use in a lifetime, but it still doesn’t stop me from walking past a bargain…or a quilt show….or a fabric shop.
But then if you’re reading this, you’re probably suffering from the same obsession…….