Needle Leaf Knits is a collective body of work by Sachiko and Kiyomi Burgin, twin sisters from Toronto, Canada who work individually and together to create distinct and original knitwear and patterns for the hand-knitter.
Kiyomi (aka Kiy or Kee) studied illustration at OCADU and translates the skills she acquired into colour work and pattern in her knitting. Working with classic shapes and construction she draws inspiration from traditional and heritage knitting from cultures around the world. In her spare time she enjoys doing many other fibre crafts such as weaving, sewing, and natural dyeing. Her work has been showcased in knitting publications such as Knitscene Magazine, Pom Pom Quarterly, Twist Collective, The Knitter, and others. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Sachiko (or Chi as she’s known by her peers) attended OCADU and studied metal-smithing and jewelry design, and despite it being a tangibly different material then wool, she uses the knowledge she obtained to work out how forms work and function on the body. Working with shape and texture, she enjoys experimenting with different forms of construction. When she finds the time Sachiko also enjoys machine knitting, jewelry making, and natural dyeing. Her work has been published in sources such as Knitscene Magazine, Pom Pom Quarterly, Crochetscene, Knit.Purl, among others. You can see her jewelry work here.