Thursday, 13 August 2009

Craft idol - Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson is a lady with an amazing imagination who has knitted her own world full of creatures, cakes, cushions and lots of other lovely things!

I first met Donna when I interviewed her for my final year project at University, and seeing her running her own successful knit-based business encouraged me to do the same thing when I finished my course.

Donna is originally from Scotland and is now based in London where she runs her now internationally successful business. Donna started out by making knitted dolls based on and for her friends, she called them 'Donna Dolls'.

Donna started selling her dolls in a few shops in London, there was a lot of interest in these lovely knitted dolls and the collection soon grew to include all sorts of creatures based on friends of Donna's. The creatures are made using machine knitted lambswool fabric so they're lovely to snuggle up with as well as to look at!

One of Donna's most recent creations is her book 'Theknitted odd bod bunch' in which she has very kindly shared with the world patterns for 35 of her knitted creatures. This book is perfect if you are just learning to knit and want your first project to be something you will actually finish. These are my hand knitted creatures from the book...

As well as the book Donna has recently brought out a make your own monster kit, hooray, we love craft kits, and designed her own line of furniture, this lady is unstoppable! Check out her website for a dose of knitted wonderland.

See you at BUST craftacular. K x

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