Our teachers

All classes are taught by dedicated teachers, they do not serve in the shop whilst teaching.  They're all lovely, and here's more about them.

Ann Kingstone

"I am a British designer based in the beautiful county of Yorkshire, my lifelong home. My designs are generally inspired by the history, literature, and traditions of my native country and its neighbours. A love of the technology of the knitting process leads me to interpret these using the most up-to-date hand-knitting techniques. I find such tremendous reward from teaching!"

As well as her self-published work, Ann has undertaken commissions from a variety of publishers including Interweave Press, Soho Publishing, Lark Books, and Twist Collective. Though clearly influenced by European knitting traditions, especially Fair Isle, Scandinavian, and Bavarian styles, Ann's innovative designs incorporate up-to-date knitting techniques and seamless constructions. She is especially known for having a feminine style, with an emphasis on flattering shapes and stunning detail. Ann's history as a school and university teacher is evident in the clarity of her knitting instructions.

Annie Brown

I am a qualified teacher of art and have run workshops for over twenty years, with various groups. Coming from a Fine Art background, I am excited by experimenting with materials. My inspiration is the landscape and the nature within it. I enjoy adapting projects to the individual and love to see people create work they never knew they could.

Arty Farty Tea PartyRuth Turner & Jo Beale

Ruth and Jo met through Cam City WI. They decided to form Arty Farty Tea Party based on a shared passion for craft and passing on knowledge and confidence to others. "The best thing about our craft parties is seeing someone who believes they can't craft produce something they are happy with. Craft is not about perfection it's about having a go and experimenting."  Both Ruth and Jo love to crochet and have recently started to design their own patterns which are available through Ravelry and Etsy

Gillian Fulton

Gillian is a qualified teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. She has a City and Guilds qualification in Stitched Textiles and a Science degree. She is a life-long knitter having knitted dolls’ clothes from the age of seven and her first hooded jacket when she was 12. Her knitting has improved since! Anything colourful or a bit different will catch her eye. She enjoys teaching anything and everyone but has a particular love of Fair Isle, Latvian and Baltic/Scandinavian mittens, hats etc. She encourages knitters to be confident with what they are doing and to be creative. 

Joanne Scrace

I work as a freelance designer writing knitting and crochet patterns for magazines and yarn companies including Inside Crochet, Simply Crochet, The Knitter, Yarnwise, Malabrigo, Artensano and Dream in Color. Co-founder of thecrochetproject.com I hope to change people's image of crochet as "good for blankets" and make them realise how amazing it can be for clothing. I specialise in seamless designs, often vintage inspired but always with a fresh modern feel. I use my pattern writing skills to enhance my classes - most of them have an original pattern as part of the class.  You can see my portfolio on Ravelry  or visit my blog to see what I am up to at the moment.  I love the technical side of pattern writing and also do freelance technical editing for indy designers and magazines. I really enjoy teaching at The Sheep Shop, I love seeing the light go on as people discover a new craft or a new side to the craft they hadn't mastered before. I also really enjoy the community here as so many students come back again and again for the new classes.

Liz Marley

I've been knitting for 35 years so far and am still learning. After knitting to patterns for the first 20 years or so, I did the City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Creative Embroidery and discovered the joy of making beautiful fabrics in various ways; my final diploma show included felted knitted elements. Since then, I've met people who work in modular and freeform ways and expanded my horizons again, although I also really enjoy traditional knitting techniques. I love passing on both technical skills and ideas for taking those skills forward into something very individual, and don't believe in the idea of there being a stupid question (other than the one you don't ask!). I've been teaching knitting since 2005; I've also taught creative embroidery. I spin rather badly and am also a novice weaver.  I use my obsessional love of details to test knit for a couple of well-known designers.

Louise Conway

Busy with working life and a toddler, crochet makes a perfect down time escape. Louise launched Relish Tots in April 2016, designing amigurumi patterns, and has a custom order lovingly crafted almost every week. Not too bad for a self-confessed crochet addict! She has recently begun teaching and loves imparting skills, inspiring others and watching people marvel at their own achievements. She indulges on social media, you can find her on InstagramFacebookRavelry and Etsy.

 Louise Tilbrook

I am a busy working mum, living and knitting in Essex in the UK. I have been a knitter for many years after being taught by my Grandma at a young age. Spurred on by Ravelry I have developed a passion for knitting socks and this has now spilled over into pattern design and teaching. I currently have several sock patterns available on Ravelry and many more in the pipeline. Other knitting loves include cables, simple, stylish lace and soft subtle colours of nature. I love to support the many wonderful independent dyers that we are lucky to have here in the UK. 

Sarah Clark

Knitting changed my life, and I love to see how happy it makes other people too.  That moment when someone realises they *can* do it and seeing the smile spread across their face is priceless.  Since opening The Sheep Shop I'm lucky to see people gibberish with enthusiasm and pride in what they make on a daily basis!  Personally I like to make accessories and toys because I get to feel a yarn and get the finished-project satisfaction hit that much quicker and more often, but that doesn't stop there being masses of garments in my queue.  

Susana Cunha

Susana Cunha is the founder of bohemian-inspired brand Tent Living. She uses traditional macrame and weaving techniques with a modern, contemporary and romantic spin to create unique wall-hangings that incorporate natural materials. Her work can be found on Etsy, NOTH as well as her own website. Follow her on Instagram at @tentliving.


Susana Cunha