Katy Bevan

Katy Bevan is a curator, writer and educator specialising in knitting and crochet. She has worked in craft book and magazine publishing for 20 years and writes about the history and art of knitting and textiles for magazines such as Selvedge, The Knitter and Rowan, writes a blog at thecrafter.me and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Trustee of the Heritage Crafts Association. She believes in the benefits of craft for health and wellbeing and is usually to be found knitting.

How would you describe your approach to teaching?

Everyone is a maker and should have the opportunity to have a go and enjoy the benefits of crafts. There is no right or wrong way to do things - though occasionally we invent new stitches - each person finds their own way to create successfully.

What inspires your own work?

I am fascinated by the history of knitting and crochet and while researching articles like to learn about the techniques involved, so when writing about the renaissance of Irish Crochet Lace for Rowan I couldn't resist having a go.

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