I grew up watching my mother knit and sew clothes for myself and my sister. It fascinated me and I was keen to learn. I started doing cross stitch at the age of seven. My first project was a snowman stitched in white wool on pale blue Binca fabric. I was hooked! At the age of 10 I completed my first sampler and I continued to stitch projects and greeting cards through my teens and twenties.
In 1999 I became frustrated at the limited subject matter of cross stitch patterns so I started designing my own, first on paper then later using cross stitch software on my PC. Soon I was making more patterns than I could possible stitch so I decided to set up Dunmani Designs and share my cross stitch patterns for free.
I take inspiration from my interests and the world around me. I especially like geometric patterns, Japanese sashiko embroidery and celtic knotwork.
I love sharing my designs and I always enjoy hearing people's comments and suggestions. I hope to continue designing and sharing my patterns for years to come.
Clair Louise Coult