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Lyall Willis

Accredited TutorApplique | Counted Thread | Patchwork & Quilting | Traditional Embroidery

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Lyall’s passion for needlecraft has been with her since she was a child, working with a traditional style of embroidery, and over the years she has tried everything from embroidery to lace-making, learning from many gifted needlewomen. She now enjoys designing and making patchwork quilts, Needleturn appliqué with 3D flowers and critters, colouring designs with Inktense pencils and embellishing them.

Lyall has worked in the needlecraft retail industry for since 1985. She studied and taught at TAFE, completing the Commercial Advanced Needlecraft Certificate (1993) and the Diploma of Teaching with University of Technology, Sydney (1993).  At present she is a Tutor with the Embroiderer’s Guild of NSW, accredited to teach Traditional and Counted Thread Embroidery as well as Patchwork, Appliqué and Quilting.

Lyall teaches many techniques of needlecraft and patchwork at Lyn’s Fine Needlework, Baulkham Hills (since 2000) and teaches Patchwork, Appliqué and Quilting at Macquarie Community College (since 2007).  She has studied dyeing and painting fabric to add another dimension to her designs.

Lyall has exhibited her work in the Sydney Royal Easter Show, receiving many prizes, and has won the Margaret Oppen Memorial Prize with the Embroiderer’s Guild of NSW in 1976 for a christening gown.  She has had her work exhibited in Southern Highlands Textile and Fibre Networks Exhibition Diversity 2000. Lyall has had sewing machine training with Bernina and Elna and has exhibited original works at Bernina University in the United States of America. In 2010, her work Embroidered Flying Seahorse appeared at the Koala Festival in Brisbane in the Bernina Australia Display.

Lyall has written a book on silk ribbon embroidery, Flowers from Nana’s Garden (1988), and has written and made patterns for her original quilts, which have been sold all around the world.
At Sydney Quilt Show 2018, Lyall won 2nd prize in small quilt – Machine Applique technique section, ‘Flower Garden with critters’, and 3rd prize for small quilt multi-technique section, ‘Small Waterlily Pond’ featuring Needleturn appliqué with 3D flowers and critters.

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