Welcome to The B-List, BritMums’ bespoke list of noteworthy influencers and bloggers doing wonderful things in their field.
This edition we’re shining a spotlight on the clever crafters working wonders with thread, wool and yarn. Knit and crochet designer (and self-confessed craft addict) Theodora Burrow picks her favourite influencers creating innovative pieces using traditional techniques from weaving to macramé. Over to Theodora…
Crafting with yarn is the perfect detox from modern life. Learning a new craft is a satisfying and sustainable way to challenge your brain whilst learning a skill and creating something new. These creators are innovative, interesting, even soulful and encourage their followers to new levels of creativity.
Punch Needle is an increasingly popular type of embroidery using a specialist tool which punches through fabric to create designs with depth and texture, with different types of yarn. The two sisters behind the Modern Crafter began while one was on maternity leave, and now they hold workshops across London. Their website sells DIY craft kits for cushions, wall hangings and bags. Their work has been featured in magazines including Mollie Makes and 91 Magazine. @the_modern_crafter, www.themoderncrafter.co.uk
2: London Loom
The ancient craft of weaving has seen a resurgence of interest. Francesca at The London Loom in Hackney has a wonderful approach to the art, claiming it’s good for the soul, ‘like chicken soup, but with yarn.’ She runs various workshops at her shop, ranging from two-hour sessions for freestyle weaving (tapestry weaving on a smaller, tabletop loom) to a whole day of going through the process of using a floor loom. There is even a workshop for kids, so families can learn to weave together! @thelondonloom, www.thelondonloom.com
3: Two Me
Macramé, the art of tying fancy knots, is back from the 1970s and cooler than ever. Isabella of Two Me has been both making macramé pieces to sell and teaching others how to create beautiful items for their homes for since 2017. To get you started in this funky and retro craft, her blog has loads of free tutorials for smaller projects. Get inspired by the massive and ornate wall hangings by Isabella of Two Me, and go grab some rope! @_twome, www.twome.co.uk
Crochet has shaken off the shadow of its big sister, knitting, and Sarah Shrimpton of annabooshouse shows how crochet can be not only modern and wearable but also playful and full of colour. She is the author of three crochet books: Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, Supersize Crochet, and The Modern Crochet Bible. Her blog offers loads of free patterns, and her You Tube channel has tutorials on the basic stitches to get beginners going. @annaboos_house, www.annabooshouse.blogspot.com
5: Debbie Bliss
The Queen of Knitting, Debbie Bliss has been designing since the late 1970s. Her classic style is timeless and her designs are simple in shape, but with beautiful texture and / or colourwork. With more than 35 books and 20 booklets under her belt, she has something for everyone. Her patterns for babies and children are especially popular, and are perfect for the beginner knitter. @debbieblissknits, www.debbieblissonline.com
About Theodora Burrow
Theodora Burrow is a knit and crochet designer whose work has been published in Inside Crochet magazine, the Hobbycraft blog, Knit On The Net, and various other publications, both in print and online. She has been making for more than ten years, with a knack for creating classic designs with a modern sentiment. She is a firm believer in the importance of hand crafting towards emotional well-being, and more generally for its sustainability. When not designing and making, she is a vinyl DJ, a charity shop junkie, and a full-time 80s kid with a love of vintage clothes, vintage records and vintage patterns.