Who is Debbie Abrahams?
Debbie has been passionate about hand-knitting ever since she first picked up a pair of knitting needles at the tender age of six. With both her parents and two sisters being artistically trained, it was inevitable that Debbie would pursue a career in design.
Firmly focused on hand-knitting, she applied directly from school to Nottingham Trent University to do a BA (Hons) degree in Knitwear Design. Soon after graduating, her association with Rowan began and she has worked for them as a freelance consultant for over twenty years whilst gradually establishing her own hand-knitting business.
"For me, knitting has endless possibilities, especially when you start combining colour with stitch structure and embellishment."
Debbie chose to focus on designing accessories, and for her this is the perfect vehicle to explore what she loves most about the craft. Debbie’s inspiration comes mainly from graphical sources and she has a vast collection of visuals to motivate her including greeting cards, ceramics and fabrics.
Books, DVDs & workshops
She is the author of six books with her latest publication, “Kaleidoscope” co-authored with crochet designer, Jane Crowfoot. Having been friends for many years, this collaboration brought their two unique styles together in a book full of vibrant, colourful designs for the home.
Keen to share their expertise with fellow knitters, Jane and Debbie founded a new company in 2014 called Inspired Minds through which they run hugely popular knitting and crochet weekends across the UK.
"To meet the people who are buying my books and knitting up my designs is so important to me, workshops give me this opportunity. Without their continued support I would not be enjoying the success that I am."
And if you can’t catch up with Debbie at one of her workshops then you can get all the help you need with your knitting techniques through the two DVDs that she has produced, “More Blankets” and “A Professional Finish”.
World-famous Mystery Knitting Clubs
After ten years since the launch of her first Club, Debbie’s Mystery Blanket Club has become a major part of her business and it has captured the imagination of knitters all over the world. She designs a unique blanket every year and knitters sign up to join the Club for ten months. The theme is kept a secret throughout and is only revealed as the blanket starts to take shape. Debbie has expanded this idea to include an annual Mystery Cushion Club with a project designed exclusively for members only.