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Renate Kirkpatrick Designs (20)

Renate Kirkpatrick Designs

Fibre Artist ~ Craft Teacher ~ Author. Born in Germany 1951, migrated to Australia in 1955 & grew up in windy Wollongong, NSW. In 1974 my husband, Glenn, & I settled in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast Qld, where we set up & still operate a small commercial Signwriting & Screenprinting business. I’ve dabbled a little in pottery, became obsessed with Handmade Paper, both natural fibre and recycled & by 1984 my papermaking was in full swing, retailing unique paper products across Australia & conducting regular workshops. In 1994 I participated in a group exhibition at the Queensland Museum with the Papermakers of Queensland. From here, attracted by the colour & texture of fabric, I drifted into Rag Rugging & in 2001 won the Best Entry Fibre Art Award at the Caloundra Arts & craft Festival. Workshops & weekly classes began the same year. In amongst it all I always crocheted (just for fun, just for me, but always exploring the old & the new) From 2002, as crochet made its huge resurgence & increased in popularity again, I was encouraged to share my knowledge in Traditional, Tunisian (Tricot), Jacquard, Crochenit (double-ended hook) & in more recent years Freeform techniques which has led to workshops & classes across the Sunshine Coast. 2005 I became a published author of my personal story ‘Not Without A Backward Glance.’ Published by Zeus Publications 2006 Worlds Best Tea Cosy winner My first craft book Crochet Techniques published by Sally Milner Publishing, Crochet Techniques is an international standard craft book and is being sold worldwide My 2nd book, Freeform Crochet & Beyond brings together a diverse collection of crafts that can be incorporated into the freeform technique & offers a wealth of information for experienced freeformers & to those new to this exciting art form. 2009 Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Winner of the Spirit of The Land Beanie Award. ‘Australia in Colour’ 2010 My 3rd book Bring Colour To Crochet presents the reader with 64 interesting & practical stitch patterns that explore the many varied ways of introducing colour & novelty into their work. 2012 my 4th book Textured Crochet Lace brings together a collection of 64 interesting crochet lace patterns & uncommon stitches that can be worked into your crochet repertoire & increase your knowledge, confidence & pleasure. Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Winner of the Ashford’s Best Hand felted Beanie Award - Fossils & Limestone World’s Best Tea Cosy 2012 - Grand Champion 2014 My 5th book Tapestry Crochet, 64 playful patterns for children based on graphs instead of written patterns that can be adapted to suit babies, children, teenagers. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t exploring the fibre arts in one form or another & expect it to go on & on & on for some time yet.

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