Knitfield Ireland

Knitfield Ireland

Aran fanatic heart Edel MacBride studied fashion at LSAD and worked with designer Paul Costelloe and Donegal yarns before setting up her own knitwear business. Furthering her business knowledge led to working at Neiman Marcus, Boston and completing an entrepreneurship programme at Boston College, USA. It is her grandmothers dress making business she credits with formative years of learning.That and the white aran handknitting cottage industry throughout Donegal in the 1970’s.
Since 1989 she has managed her label while forging strong relationships throughout the knitwear industry as a freelance designer.
Her brand Edel MacBride exhibited at Showcase Ireland since 1991 including five years in the Creative Island until 2014.

Edel was the knitting mentor on the Irish TV series Craftmaster in 2013.

Edel had the idea of ‘Knitfield’ to focus on developing contemporary product and workshops to share skills and inspire others. She has hosted international textile tours from Norway and the USA in 2014 - 2018 and continues to develop connections through her knitting Summer School work with Milwaukee Summer School (2014-2018)

Edel is active in promoting other craft persons. She judged at the RDS National Craft Awards 2014-2016.
Customers include Moya Doherty founder/owner of Riverdance and Paddy Cosgrave founder of the WebSummit and Faye Dinsmore. In the past she dressed both Irish Lady Presidents, in knitwear of course. Her daughter Emma has joined her full time in the business since 2014, other family are a massive help too.

Edel has a showcase shop at the Craft Village in Derry city, managed by Emma, full of handknits and wool. She designs for clients like Blarney Woollen Mills and is available for yarn development and colur work too.

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