I am a textile designer and maker living in Shetland. I trained as a marine biologist and after a few years working in research and teaching I returned to college to study Art and Design. In 2001 I set up my business sparked by an interest in making felt from fleeces from my families flock of sheep.
I have used a variety of textiles and techniques in my past work and have mainly worked with pressed wool felt in recent years. However, as I work part time as a science technician servicing the high schools in Shetland and as a mum of one little boy, I have stopped making and selling for the moment. As my interest in knitting has increased I have decided to concentrate on designing knitting patterns and teaching knitting.
I am very interested in the knitting techniques used in Shetland and am passionate about helping to retain these skills. I learned to knit at a very young age, we were taught knitting at school and I grew up surrounded by knitters. When I was at primary school I made Shetland lace scarves that my Granny used to sell for me and I knitted my first jumper for myself (a Lopi) when I was ten.
After a fairly long break from knitting, I returned to it again seriously (some might say obsessively!). I was patron of Shetland Wool Week in 2015, a fantastic event held in Shetland each year to celebrate Shetland wool and the crafts associated with it. I have been working on a series of patterns for handknitting and plan to release them soon, so watch this space!