Hi and Welcome to Dunnknit Designs
Hi, I'm Claire and I'm a designer maker of 'Needle Artworks' and 'Giant Merino Knits' which I make by hand on what can only be described as gigantic knitting and crochet needles which my dear Dad (the wood turner) has made for me using beautiful pieces of Mahogany, Beech and Ash.
What stemmed from a hobby as a child eventually lead me into education and 24 years of teaching up and down the country. I have always had a passion to be creative both with others and at home and eventually in 2016 that creativity became a tangible and viable business idea and resulted in the launch of Dunnknit Designs.
My work is always ‘big’ whilst adding colour and texture with hopefully that 'something a little bit different’ factor. I guess I'm quietly rebellious against mass production and would love to keep the traditional methods of hand-crafting together with stylish design ongoing to create beautiful bespoke pieces for other people to enjoy.
Then came the discovery of un-spun merino wool after a visit to a local mill and I was hooked. It was ‘big’ and I loved it, so I started drawing, designing and experimenting. The giant Merino wool that I use knits up quite quickly but the time consuming part is when I process and finish each piece by hand to bond the fibres and make it as durable as possible whilst still retaining the luxurious feel and texture that we associate with merino wool. This processing is a real labour of love but definitely worth the wait.
I am constantly working on new ideas and designs with the hope that every piece will be eye catching and will be that ‘something special’ whether it be for a gift or for yourself.
Please take a peek at my designs! I hope you like them as much as I enjoy creating them.