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Edel MacBride has firmly established herself as a leading knitwear designer and she brings a love of textile, craft and a deep connection to cultural tradition to her collections. A first class knitting tutor, she is much sought after by our knitters for her classes on Aran with colour and her dedicated use of Irish natural yarns.
Edel is the founder of KNITFIELD and she has managed her eponymous label for decades, setting it up shortly after leaving the 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, both as a designer and positive female role model in business. 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.
The Donegal/Derry based design has her work collected internationally and Edel’s very original work is created in the North West (Donegal and Derry) by herself and a family team. Edel is passionate about wool and she is a fierce advocate of 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.
"I am passionate about preserving and enjoying our rich textile heritage. Sustainability and ethical production are not a trend for me, but a way of life." Edel MacBride