About the Author
Ann Milner studied art, ceramics and weaving at Coventry Teacher Training College in England. Her weaving tutor was the late Constance Towers. In 1967 she emigrated to New Zealand and began a study of New Zealand flora for her book on natural dyeing, Natural Wool Dyes and Recipes, which was published in 1971.
For three years she was natural dye adviser to 'The Web' magazine published by the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society. During this period of time she returned to weaving and was invited to exhibit in the Merke Sharpe and Dohme 'Golden Fleece' exhibition.
Study projects on fibers and methods of spinning, which were produced for her tutoring purposes, became the basis for I Can Spin a Different Thread, published in 1979
Ann Milner specializes in handwoven fabrics, using handspun yarns which are dyed and blended from fiber to finished fabrics, designed for clients and galleries. Her current interest is in wall fabrics, which are to look at rather than to wear, and often contain areas of dyed cotton woven into the background.
Ann Milner tutors for the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcraft Society and for the Otago Polytechnic School of Art.
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