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Get to know our workshop presenters

Get to know our workshop presenters 2017


Arzu Unel-Cleary

With nature as her muse, Arzu’s felted collectibles delight the young at heart! Her enthusiasm for sculpting with wool is infectious and those she teaches find it very meditative. She runs monthly workshops in her Eumundi studio and offers a nurturing approach to learning. Topics include Earth goddesses, trees and gnome caves. Her etsy shop and Facebook page are full of magical creations.


Debbie Rossow

Debbie has been creating with various fibre art techniques from a young age. She has a passion for being involved in team crochet projects, including the hyberbolic crochet reef at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and 50 years of Flower Power with Prudence Mapstone in 2015. Debbie loves to experiment with fibres and has a keen interest in freeform crochet.


Eva-Maria Steinkamp

I started young with some yarn and knitting needles. My passion for textiles motivated me to get a textile design degree in Germany, majoring in knitwear. Since immigrating to Australia, I’ve worked for a number of years in the knitwear industry, designing knitwear for a company in Melbourne before setting out on my own. Several of my silk painting projects have been published in Embellish magazines and one of my knitting projects in Yarn magazine.


Jenai Hooke

Jenai Hooke is an artist and teacher with a commitment to keeping the ancient crafts alive. Her passion for natural fibres, plant dyes and textile art spans 4 decades. Regular workshops are held from her Eudlo studio on all aspects on natural dyeing including Indigo which she now grows in her ever expanding dye garden.


Jenny King

Crochet is Jenny’s passion. She has 30 years experience teaching both in Australia & USA. Innovator of the revolutionary Get Squared® program, Jenny also has 20 pattern books and 2 videos to her name. Jenny has been designing for magazines in UK, USA and Australia since 2001 and has been teaching on TV in Knit and Crochet Now!


Kylie Bell

Based in the Gold Coast Hinterland and amidst the chaos of family life, Fabric-Scissors-Hook was born from a desire to use my considerable stash of fabric in a new and creative way. That very first crocheted rug is still going strong in my kids’ bedroom! I enjoy both the freedom and restrictions that go with creating from pre-existing materials, and I love creating items that are both functional and beautiful.


Lynda Tomkins

Lynda has been crocheting since she was 6 having been taught by her Mother. She recently completed her Masters of Advanced Crochet Stitches & Techniques with the Crochet Guild of America and conducts regular workshops at her shop, Crochet Australia. She makes blankets, clothing, jewellery, gloves and stocks, baskets and bags.


Marnie Lee

Felt Fibre Artist since 2005 and still practicing (her own words!). Marnie has been making visual, functional and wearable felt fibre art around SEQ for the last decade. Exhibiting, selling and hosting workshops at her studios. Passionate about the ecologically friendly aspects of felting, and the amazing freedom the different mediums allow in surface design, her workshops are funny, insightful and a fabulous introduction to the craft.


Merrin Shaw

Working in a very stressful job I sought out a craft to give me joy and it has turned out to be my passion. Knitted tea cosies appeal for many reasons..they are small so my attention span is not challenged. “Embellishing” them creatively brings joy as does the finished product. I have been selling my delightful creations for 13 years at various markets. Currently at the Maleny Markets



MoonBeamxox is a talented local Performance Artiste who has talents in Music, Circus Arts, Dance, Performing and Creative Arts. She has performed Internationally with Contemporary Circus, across South East Queensland with Traditional Circus and Nationally for Dance, Circus and Performing Arts. She has a passion for Circus Arts, Performance Art and Creative Arts and uses them to engage Children and Adults alike.


Pauline Amor

Pauline is a Textile artist who works and teaches from her home studio in Mooloolah. She started making her own clothes from age 10 and has always had a love of fabric and design. Her latest passion is working with Silks and beading. She teaches Textile basket making and Beading around cabochons. She also has some exciting, upcoming workshops.


Renate Kirkpatrick

I have crocheted as far back as I can remember. From 2002, as crochet made a huge resurgence & increased in popularity, I was encouraged to share my knowledge in Traditional, Tunisian, Jacquard, Crochenit & Freeform techniques which led to workshops & classes across the Sunshine Coast. I now live in Landsborough, Qld, where I’ve set up a workroom & hold classes & workshops.


Rosemary Mitchell

Rosemary is a Fibre Artist living in the Hinterland for over 30 years. She gives frequent Needle Felting Workshops in Maleny. Needle Felting is a wonderfully versatile, dry felting, sculptural technique which she is excited to share with you. She creates unique, eco-friendly: Gifts, Art dolls and Waldorf toys for sale at her online Store.


Sharron Walters

I have been doing craft work for over 30 years and love it, When I left the Royal Australian Air Force after 8 years service, I decided I wanted to devote myself to my craft skills. I have always Knitted and Crocheted but took up spinning and weaving including Japanese weaving and opened my own business Sharron’s Country, selling handcrafted knitted and crocheted items and spun fleece. I love teaching people new skills.