About

Hello there and welcome!

I’m Manuela and I live in Hamburg, Germany. While I grew up here in the North of Germany, I spent most of my adult life in and around Chicago.

That’s why there is also a German version of this blog here.

Making things has always influenced the twists and turns of my life. I learned knitting and crochet from my mother when I was still very young and actually don’t remember this. When I moved to the States, my first job was in a knit shop – next to a quilt store. That’s where I saw my first quilts and I was immediately hooked.  When I moved back to Germany, my first job here was in a quilt store. How about that?

In the meantime, I have started to write my own knitting patterns. There is a lot to learn when becoming a knitting designer!

I would really love to hear from you and get your opinions about this blog! How do you like it here? Is there anything you are missing or would like to see added? Knitting, quilting, sewing – what’s your preferred needle sport? 🙂

Are your interested in hearing about the process and pitfalls of pattern design and publication? Or the business aspects of it? Let me know!

Thank you so much for stopping by and hopefully see you soon again!

Manuela (aka Emma Needlewings)

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