Linda flew her first kite at 40 and wasn’t overly-thrilled at the experience. But, when husband, Kevin, suggested she buy and manage a kite shop in 1995, she agreed, if only to prevent her from becoming a kite-widow.
Linda’s creations are distinctive and highly recognizable - featured in USA, UK, South East Asia, Middle East and around Australia.
Linda Sanders Willunga, South Australia
phone: +61 408 772 0037
postal: PO Box 758, Willunga SA 5172, Australia
Linda began working in Australia with 200 denier flag nylon in 2000, after deciding that banners made out of kite ripstop creased far too easily, were extremely noisy, and faded FAST!
Her method is “inlaid applique” - a similar technique used in leadlight glass artistry, where each coloured piece is hotcut then inlaid into the background (also pre-cut).
Applying zigzag seams to the overlap produces the characteristic outline shadow around each coloured piece.
NO back-cutting, NO double-sided tape, and fabric which has “give” so even tiny mistakes can be swiftly corrected! Newcomers will find this a worthy challenge, while previous workshoppers can use this session to improve hot-weld & sewing skills.
Each kit comes complete with paper pattern (reusable), pre-cut pieces, sleeving, top cap and full instructions (you’ll bring your pole with you for the final reveal).
Linda's creations are distinctive and highly recognizable - this fabric GLOWS in sunlight.
The technique is best described as “fabric leadlight” or "fabric mosaic", and the process is quite unlike kite-makers' applique. No back-cutting, no double-sided tape, and no slippery ripstop nylon to battle with. Starting with the full-sized pattern, flag nylon is hot-welded together before the welds are carefully zig-zag sewn firmly together. Newcomers will find this a worthy challenge, while previous workshoppers can use this session to improve their hot-weld & sewing skills.
Previous classes: 2015 U-MAKE, 2015 Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference, 2 workshops with the White Horse Kite Flyers