exhibitions, teaching and publications

I trained in textiles at UCA Farnham (UK), and began a small business designing knitting in the 1980s. My interest in both designing and teaching is to explore knitting, and how different stitches can shape fabric and create garments knitted without seams, to suit different people and to be a pleasure to wear. Using British wool, I dye my yarns for added colour interest and effects. I have help with production of garments from expert hand knitters the UK. 

Customer quote 2020 about jacket bought in 1994- 'If anyone needs any reassurance that spending a bit more money on a piece of clothing you love is utterly worth it - show them this email!'

selected previous exhibitions

2019 ‘Soft Engineering’, touring exhibition with Ann Richards, Deirdre Wood, and Julie Hedges at Whitchurch Silk Mill

2018 ‘praktis/ mind and matter: the making of craft, a group exhibition at Bury Court Barn, Bentley near Farnham, Surrey (curating and exhibiting)

2018 ‘Soft Engineering’, touring exhibition with Ann Richards and Deirdre Wood, City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre

2016 ‘Soft Engineering’, SIT textiles symposium, Stroud, and NCCD Sleaford, Lincs

2011 Maiwa textiles symposium, Vancouver

2008 Winchester Discovery Centre

2003 solo at Hitchcock’s Gallery, New Alresford

2000 High Fibre, Devon Guild of Craftsmen

1999 Knitwear, Design and Innovation, Black Swan Gallery, Frome

1996 Off the Top of Your Head, Angel Row Gallery

1986 Knitting, a Common Art, touring Crafts Council exhibition




I give talks (live or virtual) and teach short courses with textile groups in the UK and abroad, exploring knitting stitches and techniques and building confidence in creating and designing.

Some recent workshops include

ongoing: Regional groups of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and other textile groups

2023 & 24 West Dean college, short course

2023 Knitting and Crochet guild annual convention, lecture and workshop

2016 ‘Gavstrik’ knitting symposium, Kiruna, Sweden

2016 Stroud museum knitting workshop and symposium as part of ‘soft engineering’

2015 & 21  Weavers, Spinners and Dyers summer school

2011 & 2015 Maiwa textiles symposium, Vancouver


Shaping Knitting: a designers' guide to understanding stitches, Crowood Press 2023

Knitting, Stitch-Led Design, Crowood Press 2015

Knitting, Colour Structure And Design, Crowood Press 2011

Handknitting, New Directions, Crowood Press 2002

The Handknitter’s Design Book, David & Charles 1992

published by Crowood Press, March 2023