The Jo Sharp company began in 1993 in the south coastal town of Albany in Western Australia. Jo Sharp approached a local woollen mill and asked if she could have her own collection of yarn shades developed to use in her art-to-wear knitwear design business. The mill agreed to work with Jo on a collection of yarns and within a year, Jo had converted her business from finished garments to hand knitting yarn and patterns.
Jo Sharp luxury hand knitting yarns are known for their richly harmonised colour palettes and natural fibres. Colour is a primary motivation of Jo's work and she collaborates closely with her Italian yarn makers to create the yarns and shades that are incorporated into her collections. A signature element in Jo's knitwear designs is an elegant, earthy simplicity. She is passionate about creating contemporary garments that are truly wearable, comfortable and easy to knit. Jo has created many designs suitable for beginners within her collections.