Ivanka Kontelj

Ivanka Kontelj

She acquired the skill at home as her father was a tailor and her mother who liked to do all the needlework for the household.

“When I grew up I created a little family of my own in Australia. I used to sew, knit and crochet everything for my family, just like my mother did for us.”

She also created tapestries which gave her lot of joy, relaxation and peace. Three years ago she started knitting shawls and slippers and they have become her trademark.

“I really enjoy needlework and I’m happy that I’m still able to please someone with a small present. That is my great joy and satisfaction.”

Ivanka Kontelj is a native of Hrenovice near Postojna. She has lived in Australia for over forty years and resides in Geelong.