“NOW AND THEN”
Sonya Else (Textile artist, Quilter and Pattern Designer)
My sewing journey began when I was 10 years old making Barbie doll clothes then taking my hand to some cross stitch embroidery, this was followed by my teenage years where I taught myself all of the intricacies of dress-making. After working in the retail area for a number of years I decided to refine my textile skills. I began using traditional methods making quilts, and then found my true passion after participating in a free motion quilting and art quilt workshop. These days you will find me either exploring the world of textile art, designing patterns for others to try, or free motion quilting on my Sweet Sixteen sewing machine for the patchwork community. I am in my element when I have something to create, and enjoy the challenge of improving my skills by having many projects in progress at one time. I love the creative process, from finding inspiration through nature, to exploring different fibres to create texture and bring my work to life with 3D effects, and love to play with colour by dyeing natural fabrics and fibres.
I am stimulated by the world we live in and aim to spread joy through creating and sharing my artwork with the community.