Meet Marion in Australia
Thirty years of spinning has in no way dampened Marion’s passion and enthusiasm for wool, yarn, fibre and teaching. Constantly expanding her knowledge of wool and fibre in preparation for passing it on to her students, Marion fosters and encourages the desire to create with fibre and yarn. Her spinning group, “The Crossfibres”, is a successful social group, where students and clients alike enjoy a range of wool-related experiences.
More About Marion
A Graduate of the Melbourne College of Textiles (Wool Classing), Marion has been known to frequent Shearing Sheds, performing roustabout duties. She has worked with the National Trust at their historic property Gulf Station in Yarra Glen, and continues to enjoy involvement with the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, assisting with their preparations and events at the Royal Melbourne Show (you may have seen her and the Crossfibres participating in “Click go the Shears”, or spinning up a storm competing for the trophy for the Sheep to Shawl Competition, or assisting staff and competitors for the Fleece Judging).
It has been suggested that Marion leads an adventurous life. Having successfully transplanted from Canada, she has embraced her “Australian–ness” by enjoying many fabulous experiences.
Radio and print media have covered Marion’s trip to Antarctica, where she and her trusty spinning wheel sat out on the ice in front of Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison and spun, to produce the yarn for the replica balaclava that was auctioned at the Centenary Dinner in Hobart (2011), raising funds for the upkeep of the historic site. The whole Antarctic spin was repeated two years later, at the opening of the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum in Hobart — complete with ice and penguins. Recently, at the Antarctic Festival in Hobart (August 2018), Marion enjoyed spinning in an igloo, and with the huskies at their picnic.
Her most recent adventure involves the world of pets. Many times Marion has been asked to spin pet fur, both cat and dog — even Guinea Pig! Whether it be a living pet, a deceased one or even a desired one, it is Marion’s focus to honour the love that owners have for their pets by creating yarn, fabulous garments and treasured items, keepsakes for the heart, to last fur-ever.
Samples of fibres used: Pekinese, Keeshond, Guinea pig, Samoyed, Newfoundland Dog, Pyrenees Mountain Dog, Airedale, Bernese Mountain Dog, Old English Sheepdog, Japanese Spitz, Belgian Shepherd, Husky, Poodle, German Shepherd, Chow Chow, Malamute, Golden Retriever, Schnauzer, Persian Cat.