Inspiration from around the World.



With great pride and joyful anticipation, we present this year’s designers. Meet the lovely ladies personally at our Events or book a class to meet them directly. Many new inspirations, nice contacts and exclusive designs await you in the Wool & Design Magazine.


Alja Venturini lives in Ljublana, Slovenia and creates a diversity of products from wool and silk such as bags, slippers, hats, jewellery and scarves felted onto silk. Her products are defined by bright colours. She finds her inspiration from nature. Alja is very active member of the cultural society “Sredina” where she shares her ample knowledge with old and young members. She organises different trainings and summercamps as well as participating in different exhibitions and handmade markets in Slovenia, Germany and Austria. Her life is marked by a joy of creativity and sharing this with others.


Anna is a Londoner and ex art school kid. A lot of her work involves knitting. As cofounder of Ricefield Collective, she does a chunk of the teaching and designing, something she also does for others of all ages. A lifelong knitter from a line of creative folks, her love of colour means you probably won’t miss her in a crowd. She is a gatherer of information, second hand treasures, interesting people and creative solutions. Yes, she knitted those naked suits, has been known to laugh at her own jokes and loves receiving post. Alongside her work as a designer Anna Maltz publishes a column in PomPom Quarterly. Her first book “Penguin – a knit collection” was published in 2015. It not only includes penguin inspired instructions but also stories, pictures and illustrations.


Barbara Kordonski was born in Vienna in 1966 where she lives and works to this day. Every since primary school Barbara has been fascinated with different types of handicraft. Next to knitting and crochet she really enjoys patchwork, embroidery and spinning. Until the birth of her son she also enjoyed dressage as a hobby.


Dagmar Runtsch born in 1938 brings her decade long experience to the “Vienna Wool & Design Festival”. When she was a little girl she helped her grandmother with crochet and the winding of Dorset buttons. Later she finished her education as a seamstress and taught at a trade school. Next to all her handiwork she loves to bake.


Her knitwear design studio has its origins in a semi-ruined croft on the Isle of Skye. She settled there in 1983 with little more than a rucksack containing a tent, wool and knitting needles. From those early beginnings, she has developed an international fashion brand, working with leading designers.. Now based in a village near St Andrews, in Fife,her studio is a restored stone bothy. Its walls are lined with shelves of cashmere, cotton and linen threads, baskets of Scottish lambswool and rails of exquisitely knitted garments. Next to this she has her own wool brand Di Gilpin Lalland Lambswool which is made from 100% Scottish lamb’s wool. Everything is handmade in Scotland except for the winding of the skeins – this happens in Yorkshire.


Doris Breuer lives and works in a community of several families in an old farmhouse in HIrschbach. 14 years ago she started to work wool and started felting. Since 2005 her creations have been displayed at markets, fashion-dance performances and exhibitions. She is the cofounder of the art gallery “lebensart” in Freistadt (2007) as well as the art gallery “vielfelt” in Linz (2010). For Doris Breuer felting means the connection between the old handicraft and the new experimental shapes. Because of this she combines her clothing, pictures and sculptures silk with sheep wool, various fibers and other materials such as metal as well as painting and prints. In her studio she creates many free formed objects and pictures.


Elke Harrer lives in the picturesque Traunviertel in Oberösterreich (Upper Austria). Next to knitting she has a second major hobby which she dedicates a lot of love and energy to: The red cross. She works as a paramedic and youth carer. In the many years that Elke Harrer has been active in the city of Paura she has taught the youth about first aid as well as the seven principles of the red cross but also about crafting. She teaches young boys and girls about knitting and crochet if they desire and has in this way already infected many with the “handicraft” -virus.

Emma Boyles

With her love of textiles, it was only a matter of time before she found a way to begin producing our own unique British yarns. The wool comes from her fine wool flocks exclusively nurtured and bred for their quality fibre. The colours of the beautiful countryside and the coast line of her childhood Pembrokeshire home, inspire her in the dye studio. Colour is an obsession for her, a never ending search for further knowledge on this vast subject pushes her on.

Gabi Seelos

After handing over her haberdashery store in Neusiedel am see into very capable and trustworthy hands, Gabi Seelos set herself to a new challenge: the first knitting ship in Austria. This ship will sail from Rust to Neusiedler see in April! She is always happy to help with tips and trips with any handicraft questions and passes on her knowledge with enthusiasm. Gabi Seelos also designs for Lang Yarns.


Hanna Maciejewska has been knitting since a little child and was taught by her grandmother. During her school years, she knit one jumper after the other – and after her own ideas. However, it was only a few years ago, that she started writing down and publishing her designs as patterns. Even though she is constantly overflowing with new ideas, Hanna Maciejewska clothing and accessories are thought out to the last detail and are designed to be without a seam as much as possible – this saves time so you can more quickly begin a new project. While she uses single elements in further designs to develop them it is rare that any pattern is used more than once.


Heidrun Kirchweger works as a computational engineering for rail car development and she studied mechanical engineering in Graz where she lives today. She has always enjoyed tinkering and figuring out how things work. This shows in her passion for complicated patterns and handiwork techniques. She started to learn to knit like all girls in the 70s at primary school. She was not deterred by a somewhat strenuous teacher. She started with doll jumpers and clothing for her Barbies and later on she knitted jumpers for herself and others. Her mother and grandmother gave her the inheritance of her great grandmother, an abundance of cross-stitch work which are all held in high esteem, as well as knee high stockings and many other projects were left for her.


Isabell Kraemer is a young German Designer who finished her education as a seamstress. She taught herself to knit using old handicraft books after years before her Grandmother had attempted to teach her to no avail. She first and foremost designs modern, ready to wear clothing for everyday. Which are everything other than common and mundane. Her designs are loved for their casual, informal and modern flare but particularly because they are something special. As a confessed stripes and top-down lover all her designs are constructed without a seam.


Johanna Singer studied social management and since 2007, she is an self-employed expert for wool processing at the store Dierhoff in Vienna. Her main competencies are (hand) spinning, knitting, felting and dying with natural dyes - there is not a single plant in her garden or her neighbours that is safe from her. Her creations tie together handcraft, art and design. Johanna also holds the fostering of old craftsmanship techniques dear. On top of all of this, she enjoys passing on her knowledge in various classes.


Colours and wool. This successful combination is the challenge Karina Moebius creativity enjoys. She has enjoyed crochet since she was a child. Formerly her collections were completely different mostly doll clothing, today it is dresses, jackets, coats and many more things. She makes her creations after her own designs for herself or her customers. About her work she says “She is not a woman for complicated patterns, she finds her wind and originality in her piece from the colour combinations. This is why she always loves to work with granny squares, because the loveliest colour combinations are possible”.


Born in Norway – from an early age I was fitted out in my mother’s designs and developed a fashion interest. When old enough to draw, I created my own designs and I discovered knitting. Failing to meet my own exacting standards, I opted for a more secure college course – business management – and neglected my knitwear design interest. After years of studying and working for architects I had a career change and returned to Oslo. I returned to London, married an Englishman, and started work for Rowan as a Design Consultant at Peter Jones. Then I discovered that an even bigger yarn heaven had opened in Islington, in London. Developing workshops for Loop was my ticket to it. After more than 5 years of work at Loop, I left summer of 2011 to concentrate on finishing my Norwegian knitting book, ‘To rett en vrang. Designstrikk’ published by Cappelen Damm in January 2012.


Nancy Marchant is the Queen Mother of Brioche. For over 30 years, Nancy has studied the nuances of this European stitch, developing new and exciting stitches and techniques for achieving beautiful results. She is the author of Knitting Brioche, Knitting Fresh Brioche, Leafy Brioche and is working on her current knitting passion of developing tuck stitches. Nancy lives in Amsterdam yet still finds the time to travel the world giving lessons and spreading the Brioche love around.


The in Hietzing residing architect Sunčica Wilhelmer found her balance and a great addition to her job in knitting. Instead of just shopping for herself during her travels, Sunčica Wilhelmer decided to she wanted to share her love and interest with other people. Since she was young she has had a big interest in knitwear fashion and over time developed a great understanding of the different cuts and patterns – ultimately architecture with wool.


Since the mid-80s, Ursula Koll has been knitting more or less regularly. At that time, she started to create her own pullovers from various cable patterns. Since the discovery of Ravelry, knitting has become much more varied and beautiful. In the last few years knitting of beautiful shawls has been added to her repertoire. As a renowned Yarnsnob, she has a strong predilection for pink and fluffy yarns.


Valentina Cosciani “Tibisay” lives and works in Trieste. After finishing school, she started on her artistic career and displayed her silk paintings in Italy as well as abroad. After a career break she focused on her second passion: Knitting. She draws inspiration with shapes and colour from her art so that her handiwork, art and fashion are all combined harmonically. Valentina Cosciani has put special focus on personalising each model as well as perfecting the fit to each woman. In addition Valentina devotes her time to the Stitch’nd Spritz Trieste Society which she cofounded and is the current president of. Their goal is the promotion and preservation of handicraft traditions.



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We would like to thank Hedgehog Fibers and Sasa Handmade for providing the pictures.