Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lacemaking Workshops, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

11th - 12th October 2015

 A weekend of lacemaking

€25 for a three hour class. 
€65 if you take all three classes. 

To book call 00353 064 6642231 or 00353 087 7574411 
or email

For more information visit: 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Crios Cords: traditional Irish woven belts


There is an interesting article on Crios weaving by Colm Moriarty on the website Irish Archaeology, about the tradition of crios weaving. A crios is a type of traditional handwoven belt, that is quite common in old pictures of men from the Aran Islands. You can read the article here:

The Donkey Sanctuary UK, Urgent Callout for Knitters!

A herd of knitted woolley donkeys
I came across a lovely project running in the UK via The Donkey Sanctuary Facebook page recently. They were doing an urgent call out for knitters. (Naturally it caught my eye, I like urgent call outs for any kind of textiles!). 
The Donkey Sanctuary sell knitted Woolly Donkeys to help fundraise for the charity. But, with the popularity of these cute little donkeys, they are running low, and are looking for volunteer knitters to help out. Here are the details, taken from their website:

"...Urgent appeal: We are running short of Woolley donkeys to help fundraise. Please download Woolley's pattern and send us your adorable characters. Thank you.

Since Woolley first arrived at the Sanctuary, he and his adorable knitted donkey friends have been growing in popularity every year. They are knitted by supporters and then sold in both our visitors’ centre and our online gift shop to raise funds to support the charity. Create your very own Woolley donkey and help The Donkey Sanctuary protect one of the world’s most hard working and humble creatures.
As each one is individually handmade, all the knitted donkeys are truly unique creations with their own personalities, just like the Sanctuary's real life donkeys.

We're now calling our supporters to get knitting and help raise money for our worldwide work..."

They have a free donkey knitting pattern available from their website. More info here:
For more information about the Donkey Sanctuary visit

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Felt Making Classes with Nessa McCormack, Co. Wicklow


Felt Making Classes - Textile Art
Ancient techniques, Contemporary designs in Felt making

Weekly classes will begin on Tuesday 9th September 
 in Kilpedder, Co. Wicklow, (near Greystones) 
Time: 10.30am until 1pm. 
(Other class times available on request).

We will experiment with a range of felt making techniques including Nuno, Shibori, and working with templates to make beautiful vessels, bags or any 3d shape that can be applied to felt to create striking three-dimensional effects in your felted fabric. The main focus is on experimentation and discovery.
Inspired by beauty in simple form, Nessa’s style brings together her love and fascination of the natural world and felt making in sculptural form.

Nessa has been exploring and teaching shibori and nuno felting techniques in her more recent works and is particularly interested in the contemporary approach of binding metal pieces with delicate fibres such as silk and lace with wool.
These classes are suitable for beginner to advanced felt-makers of all levels

Classes cost €25 and include coffee, tea and cake.

Contact Nessa McCormack at

Tel: 086 6022511


Monday, September 1, 2014

Autumn Sewing Classes with It's Sew Easy, Dublin


Autumn Sewing Courses 

Sewing Bootcamp & Dressmaking Bootcamp

Sew Easy Sewing Skills Bootcamps has proven to be very popular. The demand for them is still high. We have just launched Dresmaking Bootcamp,  for those who already can sew and want to learn to dressmake and follow a commercial pattern, so let us know if you are interested. Both these courses are filling up fast so don't miss your chance and book now.  

There are also some places on six week courses starting in September. You can chose from: Dressmaking for Beginners & RefreshersSoft Furnishing and of course the recently introduced and very popular Patchwork Course

Date:  September and October
Place: Sew Easy Studio, Stillorgan, Dublin
More info: 

Fore more information contact Maebh:
Tel: 087 953 6818,  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Feeling blue!!

You know we love animation here at the Woolly Way, so heres a little one about a crocheted blue quadropus...

"The tale of a crochet quadropus, who journeys throughout the land turning things blue".

Irish Crochet Lace Workshop with Maire Treanor, Dublin

Venue: The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis St, Dublin 8
Date: Saturday, 6th September from 11am to 6pm
Cost: Euro 50
Contact: Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or
Maire Treanor will be facilitating an Irish Crochet / Clones Lace Workshop on Saturday, 6th September 2014

Venue: The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis St, Dublin 8
Date: Saturday, 6th September from 11am to 6pm
Cost: Euro 50

For more information contact:
Rosemary Murphy
The Constant Knitter
88 Francis Street
Dublin 8
087 996 7197


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