Susan Holton (Susan Holton Knitwear)
Discipline: Contemporary hand-dyed knitwear
Susan Holton is a designer/knitter who creates original contemporary knitwear and accessories.
She creates her knitwear on a domestic knitting machine (comparable to a weaver’s loom) and uses top quality yarns in combinations of silks, linens, cottons and viscose. She explores stitch, yarn, fibre and colour in experimental knitted and dyed samples, to achieve the colour, texture and drape she’s looking for. Many pieces are hand dyed or hand painted and/or exploit the random nature of Sue’s techniques so they are unique - no two are ever quite alike.
Everything is finely crafted with meticulous attention to design detail and quality of finish, so garments fit and fabrics drape beautifully. Her knitwear is lovely to wear as well as beautiful to look at.
Sue’s knitwear is available in a range of sizes and to commission. She encourages visits to her home/studio (by appointment).
Theo Paphitis and #SmallBusinessSunday
Sue was delighted to be selected as one of the winners of #SBS or #SmallBusinessSunday, the initiative created and run by Theo Paphitis (previously a Dragon on BBC 2 Television's Dragon's Den) in support of small businesses. #SBS happens every Sunday on Twitter - small businesses send Theo a tweet about their business and each week he selects the best and most inspirational 6 businesses to retweet, as well as to receive his support in other ways.
You'll find more information about #SBS here
Surrey Artists Open Studios
In June 2018 she opened her studio as part of Surrey Artists Open Studios - visitors were able to see her at work and browse, try on and buy items from her current collections and sale rail. She was joined in demonstrating by fellow Surrey Guild of Craftsmen members Gabriella Sellors (jewellery), Louise Bell (quilts) and Nancy Shafee (felt and coiled fabric baskets). The group (known as ‘Kent Road Studio’ after the road where Sue lives) intend to take part again in 2019.
You can find information and pictures on Sue’s most recent event (in which a number of other Guild members also took part) at Charterhouse School, in aid of Surrey charity ‘Story - Funding Melanoma Research’, here.
New on Sue’s blog: Read about the vibrant history and heritage of British knitwear and textiles.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to know more.
How to buy the right size online
If you would like some pointers to help you choose and buy the right size when you buy knitwear and other clothes online, Sue has written a blog post (here) which you might find helpful.
Selected for the Crafts Council Directory: www.craftscouncil.org.uk/directory/maker/susan-holton-knitwear/
Name: Susan Holton Knitwear
Telephone: 020 8941 0441
Address: PO Box 257, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9WL
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanHoltonKnit @SusanHoltonKnit