Catherine Hirst

Crochet * Embroidery * Knitting instructor

Based in
London, United Kingdom
Catherine Hirst | Crochet * Embroidery * Knitting instructor

Rates: £25/hour for individuals, discounts for groups/beginner's packages

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As a little girl, I was taught to crochet by my grandmother. I quickly added knitting and embroidery to my repertoire and I have been hand-making clothing, accessories and gifts ever since.

My education in Art at the University of Pennsylvania informs my original designs. I always have half a dozen projects on the go, because I get so excited to try a new pattern or design idea. In London, I am inspired by so many things: from the skirt of a woman who passes me on the street, to the architecture of the old buildings.

In my late teens, all the patterns and designs I could get my hands on were outmoded and stuffy. So I began designing my own. And then came the contemporary craft scene: millions of people out there making craft hip, modern and relevant again.

Teaching these skills gives me enormous pleasure; I am sharing something that my students will keep for the rest of their lives. I especially love teaching young people, watching their eyes light up as they master every new trick, every fresh idea.

It is quite magical to create beautiful clothes with a ball of yarn and couple of sticks! I have now spent more than a decade sharing these skills and learning new ones. I look forward to working with you.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


After you’ve taken a class with me, I will be available by email as you advance to answer questions, fix problems, and help you with the tricky bits. You need no prior experience in any craft. We will start from the beginning and progress as far and as fast as you like. Your schedule is my first priority. I do everything I can to meet whenever and wherever suits you. Individual sessions or group classes last one or two hours. I can provide materials for our sessions, and/or I can provide advice about where to buy your own.

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