*Five minuteswith...h D a SUSANNE FRANK
Bude brought the brightest and best of the wool world together in March when top knitwear designer Martin Storey showcased his latest designs for Rowan there on 19 March. The event was hosted by Coastal Yarns and as well as an exciting line up of designs the event included a prize draw and book signing. Coastal Yarns owners Angela Locke and Janet Barraclough were thrilled with the success of the event and said: “It’s not often this kind of event is brought to the South West so it was a fantastic opportunity to meet Martin Storey, see the designs and the new yarns – our customers loved it.” www.coastalyarns.co.uk We talk to designer Susanne, who created the golf club cosies on p65
How did you become a designer? I first learned to knit when I was a teenager, and I've always experimented with my projects and made up my own patterns as I was going along. When I sold some of the scarves and hats I had created to designer boutiques I realised that it had become more than a hobby for me.
Do you have a signature style? I like to think that my signature style is simple and contemporary, with a sense of humour.
Do you have a favourite yarn? Why do you like it? I love using Rowan yarns for their wide range of different textures and colours. And Noro yarns are just amazing, too. Any yarn that has cashmere or silk in it has me hooked!
What's the best thing about being a designer? It's very rewarding to get good reactions from customers, or feedback from knitters who have completed one of your designs. A Knit Today reader sent in a picture of the fox handbag that I had designed, and that she had knitted for a friend – I loved seeing that.
Where do you get your inspiration? Vintage shops and old fashion photographs can give me ideas for designs, but I also get inspiration from visits to art galleries, or even some beautiful homeware shops.