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A bit about me
Some time ago now I did my BDes(hons) in Constructed Textiles. It was 3 years of fun with knitting,weaving and tapestry, but also a lot of hard work. In my first year I won the Rowan Hand Knitter competition with my design for a chenille hand knit sweater. I will try to fish out a picture and post it if anyone wants to see my design! During my degree I discovered my love of felting things & some of my final degree show consisted of felted machine knitted scarves with inserts of autumnal leaf motifs in 100% cotton chenille.
After my degree I worked for a Scottish Knitwear firm as their in-house designer and learnt how everything is worked out to be manufactured on a BIG scale ( a real eye opener to a freshly graduated student). I saw my sweater designs produced & then sold to stockists round the world…. which was so exciting!
After a year or so I decided to go it alone to design and produce my own range of felted knitwear. I was based in Edinburgh at the time when Alistair McDonald came to interview me & wrote an article on my collection for Machine Knit Today. The finished article was published in Oct 1996 (see - Fiona Swinley) if anyone still has a copy at home and wants to read it….
In 2004 we moved back to the West Country as my mum was undergoing her 3rd lot of Chemotherapy and both her and dad needed some help. Mum recovered (thankfully!) and has been in remission ever since…
These days I’m a stay at home mum of Finn & Grace, carer of my parents and wife of a fabulous husband that just about copes with my endless hoarding of yarn, fabric, beads, buttons, embroidery threads, sewing machines, overlockers, books & drawing stuff to name but a few!
I love to design & create so many things I sometimes find it hard to concentrate on just one craft… but my love of crochet never fades. I’m really excited to be publishing my own patterns and selling them on Ravelry & Etsy. So I hope you enjoy my them and that you’ll stop by from time to time for a chat :) & say hello!