Sue Cottle

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    Sue Cottle

      Hi folks. I’m Sue. I live in Auckland, New Zealand, in the rainshadow of the beautiful Waitakere Ranges. I share the house with my husband of 27 years, 3 elderly dogs and 1 young pup, and an aquarium of tropical fish. My youngest child finally moved out on my birthday, 27 January this year – Happy Birthday to ME!

      My weaving journey started back in the mid-90’s with a home-made Tablet loom and cards, and progressed to a home-made Rigid Heddle loom (you’ll see there’s a theme starting here) in the late 90’s. Then life happened (work and child). Last year I bought a 32″ RHL from Ashford, followed by a second-hand Ashford Traditional and a Sleeping Beauty Spinning wheels.

      Then this year I bought a New Zealand-made 1974 LeClerc Fanny-style 4 shaft floor loom, that had been sitting in a barn for the last six years. Restoration is a work in progress, especially the (missing) brake system, which is almost complete. I’m having great fun making the missing pieces. I’ve called her Tirairaka, which is the Tuhoe Maori name for a Fantail (native bird), as “Fanny” is not a word you’d use in public, lol.

      I hope to be weaving on Tirairaka soon. Plans include teatowels (sort of obligatory, aren’t they?), and a rug using the coloured Arapawa (feral Merino sheep) fleece I was given, in colours from grey to brown to black.

      Over the years I’ve been a mixed media artist, and I currently do woodturning and woodworking (we have the technology … well, the tools … we can rebuild it!) It’s interesting how previous crafts intertwine with new ones, something Felicia Lo Wong of Sweet Georgia calls “Multicraftular”.

      Before, in the barn:

      4-shaft 1

      After, in my Weaving Studio: Tirairaka 30 Jan 2021


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