Margaret Seaman

Elderly lady smiling at camera sitting in front of her knitted Sandringham display

Charity knitter

Margaret Seaman is a member of a group of knitters from Great Yarmouth who create magnificent displays to raise money for charity. Visitors to past events at The Forum will remember the charming Butterfly Garden, the mythical Enchanted Wood, and 2020’s magnificent Sandringham Estate, which was even featured on ITV’s This Morning! Margaret also created the Knittingdale Hospital – a knitted hospital – during the COVID-19 pandemic to raise money for the NHS.

What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?

I love getting involved in knitting and crocheting masterpieces, like the Butterfly Garden and the Enchanted Wood. And it makes me happy that the displays raise so much money for a good cause – the Louise Hamilton Trust.

What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?

After a 50 year break from knitting, because I was in business with my husband, I started knitting again to keep busy and help others.

What has been your greatest making achievement?

My greatest achievement was replica of my husband’s koi pond in our garden with which I have raised over £12,000 by displaying it in various venues.

What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?

My pattern ‘bible’ in which I write patterns that I make up as I knit as they always come in useful for the next project.

What is your favourite making website or blog and why?

Blog? What’s one of those? All I need is my time and imagination and the help of family and friends.

Why do you like being part of the Festival?

I love meeting lots of people, chatting and sharing stories. Everyone who comes appreciates the work involved and it makes me secretly very proud of what we all do.

What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?

Don’t wonder ‘can I do this?’ because you can. Pick up some needles and a ball of wool and get help to start you off with the basics. It’s like riding a bike and it’s easy when you know how.