Dena Dale Crain
Dena Dale Crain relocated to Kenya in 1990. She has spent most of her time since then living on the shore of Lake Baringo, two hundred miles and a five hour drive north of Nairobi, with husband Jonathan Leakey, eldest son of Louis and Mary Leakey, renowned palaeontologists.
Dena saw patchwork quilting as a way to employ local women, taught herself the basics and began a small production quilting business in her home. With advanced degrees in design, anthropology, and textiles, she was uniquely positioned to help. As her experience and confidence increased, she began producing “one-off” works of art. Dena’s innovative and art quilts have been the subject of several solo art exhibitions.
With Canadian quilter Anne Mains, Dena helped found the Kenya Quilt Guild. She helps educate members of the society at large about quilts as art. She has written magazine articles and lectured at quilting and non-quilting functions.
Teaching in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Good Hope Quilters Guild National Quilt Festival in July 2002 moved Dena into the ranks of international quilting teachers. She travels all over the world to teach other quilters.
In 2004 Dena joined the faculty of Quilt University (http://www.quiltuniversity.com), an online educational facility for patchwork quilters. Twice each year, she teaches seven online quilt classes including her most popular offerings Darned Quilts, Goodbye to the Grid and Math for Quilters.
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How to Make a Mosquito Net From Fully Illustrated Instructions
by Dena Dale Crain
General discussion about malaria, the disease's treatment and its prevention, followed by complete instructions, illustrated with sketches and photographs, for sewing a recommended mosquito net made from cotton sheeting and nylon tulle, written by an experienced textile specialist and a twenty-year veteran of life in Africa.
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