• Claire Dunnett

'Sharing is Caring'

Hi. I hope you've had a good week. My week has simply flown by. If any of you have followed my Instagram posts this week then you will know that we were in London on Monday for the London Thames Tideway Eights rowing race for our daughter which was an experience and a half to remember.

Hence I've only done a four day working week this week so things at Dunnknit Designs HQ have been a bit hectic.

Now it's because I've been so busy that I have decided to do something a little bit different this week. Since the launch of Dunnknit Designs I have met some amazing talented and creative people and I have learnt a great deal along the way too as my small business continues to go from strength to strength. I am so grateful to avid customers, fellow artists, designers and makers who have passed the word on about Dunnknit Designs, especially during recent weeks as I've launched a few new designs. The response has been fantastic. Thank you!

So this week I would like to do some sharing too!

There are so many talented people who I have either met, worked with or made purchases from and I have had great difficulty narrowing the list down to a few to share. I've done my best to mix it up a bit too! After all not everyone is a handbag or jewellery collector like me!

Here goes for a brief encounter with 10 of my favourite designer makers.


Helen Newton is the owner, designer of Lilly Blossom and she makes beautiful free motion embroidered pictures from designer and vintage fabrics. Helen has a full range of sewing patterns for beginners to help you make something beautiful.

Helen is based in Chester, Cheshire.


Ana Faye is a luxury handbag brand, established in 2008 that offers a creative collection of unique fashion pieces, with craftsmanship and elegance always at its core.

Ana Faye makes her limited edition leather handbags in Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland.


Juliette is a Willow Sculptor based in Manchester and Cheshire. Juliette’s work is mainly creating realistic animal sculptures out of willow and sometimes chicken wire, ranging from chickens up to cows and horses. She has made sculptures for TV and film productions including Hollyoaks and Disney. Her work has also featured in a Bollywood film.


Deborah Moses is revered as one of the leading kiln formed glass artists of today founding TSZ studio in 2004.

Based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, Deborah's eclectic innovative designs engage in a narrative of movement and sophisticated structures to make each piece totally unique.


Everybody needs aprons, but many avoid them because they’re not the most stylish of garments.

Philippa designed her aprons, hand-made the prototypes and tested them herself until she found the perfect fusion of utility and style. Aprons that not only do the work you need them to do, but do it beautifully.

Aabelard Aprons are based in Bishop's Stortford.


ANUKA is a contemporary luxury jewellery brand based in Cheshire.

Founded in 2014 by Francesca Kippax, ANUKA is defined by strong, bold forms and clean lines, creating timeless classics with a contemporary edge.


Jin Designs creates clean, simple and stylish homeware and gifts for the modern world. Contemporary design collections are British made and designed by Jinny Ursell in Hove Actually.


The Naked Candle Co is a small batch, hand made fragrance company founded by Jake Polhill.

In early 2015 The Naked Candle Co was born. Built on a passion for quality candles and a drive to bring something different to the market place at a reasonable price.

Production was originally based at home in Manchester but has since outgrown the small shed and kitchen and now all the candles are poured in a small workshop in Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester.


Lucy Porter is a free hand wire work artist, creating 2D and 3D sculptural illustrations. The concept of her work being 'free hand', means that she does not use a template, or shape wire over any scaled up image. Lucy creates work by simplifying down images or photos into fineliner sketches and makes from there.

Lucy is based in Altrincham, Cheshire.


Julie Dumbarton is one of Scotlands best selling artists. Painting in a former weaving mill just over the border in Langholm, she creates magnificent rural scenes that utilise layers of oil paint and a rich wealth of colour to create fantastical images that visibly pop with vibrancy.

So there you have it. What an absolute mass of talent! The life of an Artist or Designer Maker is definitely a job only to be admired by many and I for one count myself very lucky and grateful to many people who have supported me so far in being able to do what I do. Not many people can say that they love their job!

Just a thought to end on.....

Until next time,

Claire x

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