WoollyAway - Our Amazing Tutors

Jeanette Sloan

Jeanette Sloan in a fabulous outdoor scene

Jeanette Sloan is a hand-knit designer, writer, tutor and maker who describes herself as an 'accessories obsessive'. She's worked as a designer for over 30 years during which time she’s developed a distinctive colour aesthetic that's become essential to her process and design identity.  

In addition to designing, Jeanette has written for several publications, including Laine and Vogue Knitting. She has authored or contributed to eight books on hand knitting, including Warm Hands (co-edited with Kate Davies), Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No 15: Open and most recently, Knitstrips, the world's first comic strip knitting book.


Following online discussions about the lack of diversity in the fibre community, Jeanette founded 'BIPOC in Fiber, ' a website celebrating Black, Indigenous and People of Colour working with fibre. The interactive directory of BIPOC fibre artists from across the globe covers a broad range of craft disciplines. 


Most recently, Jeanette was awarded a British Empire Medal in King Charles III Birthday Honours List in recognition of her contribution to Knitwear Design and her work to improve diversity in the fibre arts. 


Jeanette will be teaching a beaded knitting class at WoollyAway October 2023.


You can find Jeanette online at: www.jeanettesloandesign.com/
Instagram: @jeanettesloan


Jane Crowfoot

Jane Crowfoot in front of shelves of colourful yarn

Jane is a textile designer specialising in contemporary and innovative crochet design.  You'll probably be familiar with her fabulous and unique blanket designs and many Crochet Along projects, which give everyone a chance to learn new techniques in bite-size instalments. 

Jane works hard to expand the popular notion of crochet and edge it away from the idea that it is a craft for an older, "Granny" generation. 

Jane will be teaching a beaded crochet class at WoollyAway October 23.

Find Jane at www.janiecrow.com/

Instagram @janiecrow

Facebook www.facebook.com/JanieCrowDesign


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

Deb Cunningham in a knitted cowl

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 2023.  She has tried most textile crafts and is an expert knitter, a crocheter, spinner, weaver and dyer.





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