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Lesley Turpin-Delport

Lesley Turpin-Delport has a Fine Arts degree and post-graduate teaching diploma and has been an enthusiastic teacher, lecturer and author in art and needlecraft since the early 1970s. She has taught needlecraft in many countries including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. In addition to many exhibitions in Johannesburg, her work has also been on display in Japan, Maastricht and Olympia in London. Her daughter, Nicola Delport-Wepener, has recently joined forces with her and they offer classes and lectures internationally.

Lesley currently lives in the Southern Cape in South Africa. Since picking up a needle at the age of six Nicola Delport-Wepener has barely put it down and over the years has developed her own considerable skills in the field with Lesley as her main tutor. Nikki has attended numerous courses (Royal school, Embroiders Guild and City and Guilds) and qualified in different styles of embroidery. Her many years of experience as a school teacher in South Africa and the UK made the switch to embroidery teaching easy and she has presented several accredited embroidery courses in the UK. Nikki currently lives and teaches in Hong Kong. Having written several books, Les has worked very closely with Nikki on JUST STITCH, a joint venture. Rich in inspiration and different techniques, the book is a reflection of how they present their classes.

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