WoollyAway - Our Amazing Tutors

Natalie Warner smiling in a purple sweater

Natalie Warner

Natalie comes from a family involved with tailoring and needlecrafts, started sewing and knitting as a child, and has been making clothes since her early teens. In the decades that have passed, she has built on her family knowledge and formative influences by studying fashion design and pattern cutting and learning on the job, working alongside colleagues trained in textile design, tailoring, theatre costume and bridal couture.  Whilst retraining at the London College of Fashion, Natalie focused on woven pattern cutting and knitwear construction and design.

Natalie also has two teaching qualifications: the Level 3 City and Guilds Award in Education and Training, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.  She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As a designer, Natalie is often drawn to early to mid-20th century fashion details and aims to create a strong, feminine and classic look that complements the wardrobes of contemporary women, is flattering to wear and easy to style.  The slow process of knitting and the relative lack of time modern people have available for knitting prompts her to design clothing and accessories that strike a balance for those who enjoy the process of making, like a bit of technique to keep themselves stimulated, but do not necessarily want to labour over a project for too long.  Colour, stitch patterning and “resting rows” that allow for breaks in concentration are typical of Natalie’s designs.

Design portfolio: https://natalieinstitches.com/my-designs/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natalieinstitches/


Andrew Kite - Smiling in front of a stand full of skeins of colourful yarn

Andrew Kite

Andrew (aka Kitey) is the Indie Dyer behind Yw (Yarn Whisperer), dyeing vibrant and delicious collections inspired by nature, food and the Universe, and he is excited to be at WoollyAway 2022!

He took up knitting in 2020 but has been crocheting since Xmas 2014 and it remains his first love, not least because it ‘works up fast and is perfect for a last-minute handmade present!’ – and he always has yarn to hand!

When he is not making up samples or test knitting/crocheting, he loves making colourful taxidermy animals and unexpected items like ammonites, plants, and homewares such as blankets and bowls, and scarves and cowls. Many of his own yarn samples can be seen in some of these makes!

As an ex-Primary school teacher, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and skills and is immensely excited about teaching an exclusive new pattern, written just especially for the workshop at WoollyAway.

Find him at www.yarnwhisperer.co.uk

Instagram @the_yarnwhisperer

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/iwantyarn


Diana Bensted

Diana BenstedCrochet ambassador, designer and teacher. Diana Bensted is known for her fabulous shawl and blanket designs which take crochet into previously uncharted waters.  Diana is the owner of The Crochet Chain and a frequent teacher at Crates of Wool.

As one of the hosts of WoollyAway, Diana will be around all weekend to help with your crochet projects.

Deb Cunningham in a knitted cowlDeb Cunningham

Owner of Crates of Wool in Ware, Deb is living the dream of being surrounded by yarn and crafters all day.  Deb is a knitting teacher and designer and is co-host of WoollyAway 2022.  She has tried most textile crafts and is an expert knitter, a crocheter, spinner, weaver and dyer.

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