Sophie Manson is a contemporary knitwear designer based in Lerwick, Shetland. Following her studies in Contemporary Textiles at Shetland College UHI she decided to pursue her passion for design and machine knitting by establishing her business, Drummie-Bee.
Founded in 2017, Drummie-Bee aims to create bold, colourful knitted accessories. The current product range includes snoods, scarves, headbands, hats, cushions and hot water bottle covers. Sophie gains inspiration from the beauty surrounding her in Shetland and uses this as a basis for her designs. She is particularly drawn to bright colours spotted in everyday life such as a bold, colourful fishing boat sailing in a grey, stormy sea or eye-catching flowers in a field of earthy green grass. Shapes and forms spotted around her are simplified to make repetitive patterns which are sympathetic and complimentary to Shetland’s surroundings.
All Drummie-Bee products are knitted on a domestic knitting machine using the finest yarns. A supersoft Scottish lambswool is used in many designs which gives the pieces a cosy, comfortable feel.