Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014



It's very fitting our 1000th blog post is to announce the winner of our Mercier Press/ICA Book competition! According to the random number generator, entry no 24, Susan Dougill is the winner!! Big congrats Susan! Please get in touch with us at woollywayATgmailDOTcom, with a postal address, and we'll pop this lovely in the post.


I wish I had one for everyone in the audience, thanks for entering folks.  Also, many thanks to Mercier Press for offering this lovely book as a prize. The book is available to order form the Mercier website. 
 Wouldn't it make a fantastic Christmas present for the crafter in your life?!

You can also find out about other Mercier Press publications from their website, and connect with them on Facebook and on Twitter


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yoga and Knitting Retreat, Co. Wicklow

Yoga and Knitting Retreat

6th - 8th February 2015

"​Join me for a relaxing post Christmas weekend in the heart of Wicklow where we will combine gentle yoga with knitting as a mindfulness and meditation tool"
Knitting Classes by Pauline Gallagher
Yoga Classes by Claudia Gutierrez

We combined Gentle Yoga classes (all levels welcome!), knitting as a mindfulness and meditation tool, walkies and delicious meal in great company in a homely Georgian residence, built in 1711 in tranquil surroundings, providing the relaxation that you need. 

Full details and booking here: 

Print Workshop, Dublin

Print Block, The Donnelly Centre, Cork Street, Dublin 8

Monday, November 17, 2014

COMPETITION!! Win a copy of ICA Book of Crafts


The lovely folk at Mercier Press have sent us a lovely package! Two copies of their latest publication, The Irish Countrywomans Association Book of Crafts! One copy we will be reviewing in the coming weeks (which will probably be covered in drops of tea and biscuit crumbs by the end, as we ogle the absolutely beautiful photos). The second copy will be given away as a prize starting...today!!


Entry to the competition is simple! You don't have to follow us (although that would be nice!), just leave a comment below this post, and we will randomly pick out a winner on 4th December 2014 
Simply click on the comment word below and say hello.

Don't leave any personal details, such as telephone numbers, addresses, just a comment, and if your name is picked out of the hat, email us (woollywayATgmailDOTcom) with your postal address and we'll pop this beautiful baby in the post to you ASAP! 
We hate competitions of lovely stuff, that are exclusive to countries or continents, (because we cant enter!) so this competition is open to everyone, worldwide, where ever you may be.

Firstly, we'd like to thank Mercier Press for giving us copies to review and to give away and secondly we'd like to congratulate the ICA and Mercier Press on the publication of the book. It is such a beautiful book, with gorgous photos and a wide range of crafts. It is so good to see a book on Irish crafts written and published in Ireland. Long may it continue!
The book is currently available to buy from the Mercier website

Mercier Press
Unit 3B, Oak House, Bessboro Rd., Blackrock,
Cork, Ireland.
Tel: (+353 21) 461 4700 
Direct line (+353 21) 461 4456
Fax: (+353 21) 461 4802
Mobile 087 929 9313


PS. We're having some trouble with spammers, so comment moderation is on. This means it may take a day or so before your comment is actually published on blog. Sorry for the inconvenience, but the spammers are out in force at the moment!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Print Block’s New Print Workshops


Kick-start your printing this November with Print Block’s new range of taster workshops in printed textiles; develop skills, apply new printing techniques such as reactive and repeat printing, and much more.  Suitable for those with some previous printing experience or ideal as a follow on from any Print Block beginners workshops.

Flock & Foiling
Saturday 15 November
10.30am - 2.30pm
€85, 6 places

Experiment with flocking and foiling papers to create textured and metallic printed surfaces through screen-printing and hand-painted techniques.

Reactive Dyes
Saturday 22 November
10.30am - 2.30pm
€85, 6 places

Explore the medium of reactive dyes through screen-printing, hand-painting and painted-screen techniques. In this session you will experiment with printing pastes and work on a variety of silks and cotton.

Saturday 29 November
10.30am - 2.30pm
€85, 6 places

Experiment with white and colour discharge printing. Using different dyed coloured grounds or existing prints: learn how discharge printing can achieve light or bright colours on dark backgrounds, creating striking and unusual results.

A basic provision of materials are included in all the above workshops. Course specific information about what to bring along will be circulated in advance of the workshop date.

Workshops next year: Repeat Printing
2015 date TBC - 4 places
Create your own 1-colour repeat pattern: in this intensive course you will print your own full scale 3-metre length, learning how to design for repeat printing, manually or by computer and to prepare the table for printing using registration techniques.

To secure yourplace: email info@printblock.ie stating the workshop of interest, your name, address and phone number.  Once your place is confirmed payment can be made by Paypal via our website or by cheque to Print Block, The Donnelly Centre, Cork Street, Dublin 8. For a full programme or to make a booking please visit www.printblock.ie

Print Block
The Donnelly Centre
Cork Street
Dublin 8


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Book Launch - Cleo: Irish Clothes in a Wider World, Dublin

Book Launch: 13th of November in Taylor's Gallery 
 Kildare Street, Dublin

All Welcome

Associated Editions publishing company have kindly invited the Woolly Way and all interested knitters to join them for the launch of a new fabulous book, written by Hilary O'Kelly, called Cleo: Irish Clothes in a Wider World. The launch takes place from 6-8pm on the 13th of November in Taylor's Gallery on Kildare Street, Dublin, right beside Cleo's.

If you are interested in attending the launch, simply email RSVP to Anna at info@associatededitions.ie

This book is about the history of Cleo, the hand knit shop, now located on Kildare Street, Dublin. The story of the shop is a fascinating one. It began in 1936, by the late Kay Ryan and has stayed as a family business, through her daughter Kitty and her granddaughters, Helen and Sarah,who now run the shop.

The book records and celebrates the achievement of Cleo, in commissioning and promoting handknitting and handweaving through an era when few in Ireland appreciated its value. Knitting and weaving have long had a powerful emblematic status in the world-wide image of Irish craft and culture. 

The author Hilary O'Kelly graduated from the History of Dress course at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her research, focusing in particular on dress and the everyday, has embraced themes of cultural politics, identity, religion and emigration. She lectures in the faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin.

The book is available to buy on the evening of the launch and on the Associated Editions website here:

Cost: €20
Free postage and packing in Ireland!

For more information about the book contact

Associated Editions

Next time you are in Dublin, take the time to visit this lovely shop:
18 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel: 00 353 (0)1 676 1421


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