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An established designer and knitter Edel MacBride brings a love of textile, craft and a deep connection to cultural tradition to her collections. She has been teaching with us for years and is much loved by tour participants.

An established designer and knitter Edel MacBride brings a love of textile, craft and a deep connection to cultural tradition to her collections. She has managed her eponymous label since the late 1980’s, setting it up shortly after leaving LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design). She values traditional technique highly while embracing modernity in design and business practice.
Knitwear has won her many awards and television appearances, recently being a show mentor on the RTE 1 series CRAFTMASTER. While dedicated to the North West Region and her artisan business model she has designed for industry and exhibited extensively abroad.
Edel has sold or been worn by Hillary Clinton, both Irish Lady Presidents and actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Seymour, Olivia Newton John, besides creating work for film
Collected internationally, Edel’s very original work is created in the North West (Donegal and Derry) by herself and a family team. Emma McCartney runs their retail outlet at the picturesque Craft Village in Derry city centre. Edel is passionate about wool, especially local and Irish spun products. She prefers to work with natural yarns of all kinds. Edel also produces patterns and runs inspirational skills workshops under her brand KNITFIELD.

I am passionate about preserving and enjoying our rich textile heritage. Having enjoyed three decades as a commercial knitwear designer it is my pleasure to share my trade, skills and stories with fellow enthusiasts. KnittingTours.com has made this easy for my business by bringing great folks to our knitwear studio. As a small family business we can concentrate on our knitting and leave the marketing to them. They are friendly, efficient and always listening to our ideas.

Edel MacBride

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