About

A little bit about me….

As a child I was always drawing, stitching or doing something creative and my Mum taught me to hand knit at the age of 7. My fascination with yarn, texture and colour led me to study for a degree in textile design where I specialised in hand & machine knitting learning to crochet, bead and embroider along the way. 

Colour is very important to me and my design process often begins with a search for an intriguing stitch that will inspire creative juices to flow or a decorative detail that will add a stylish, contemporary edge. I’ve worked as a freelance textile designer and tutor teaching both machine and hand knitting and as an accessories obsessive have written 4 books on hand knitting. I’ve been very lucky to work with some of the best hand knitting brands in the UK and my designs have featured in several UK knitting magazines including Knitting Magazine where I am a regular contributor responsible for the ‘Ask  Jeanette’ letters page, Yarn Reviews and A-Z of Techniques. 

In 2016 I was diagnosed with two brain tumours which led made me seriously re-evaluate my work life balance. A year later and now thankfully recovered it made me realise how much I missed the simple process of making. With SLOANmade I hope to celebrate the joy of a carefully hand made item whether it's a felted handbag or a simple but beautiully knitted scarf.

I hope you enjoy the collection of hand knit designs and ready to wear accessories you find on my website.

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