Have you one of those beautiful hand embroidered emerald green Irish dancing costumes from the late 1970s stashed away in your attic? Or have you kept a hand made wedding dress from the 1950s or 1960s? Perhaps it was cut down to make a communion dress – but the detailed handiwork is still there to be admired?
If so, the Boyle Arts Festival would like to hear from you. Deirdre O’Reilly is one of the BAF committee members, who has been tasked with organising a day of activities connected with the handicrafts of yesteryear. Deidre is trying to find old items of hand made lace, crochet, embroidery, patchwork, knitting and such like for a display during Arts Festival week, which this year is from July 23rd to 31st.
Deirdre is also interested in hearing from people with the skills to demonstrate these crafts and has already enlisted a local wool spinner to give a display. Plans are underway for a day, the final one of the festival on Friday, July 31st, of taster workshops where visitors can see these skills on show and perhaps have a go themselves. They will also be able to see on display some of the fabulously skilled needlework from the past – and modern examples too.
If you are an expert crafter, or if you have an example of some of the exquisite hand made dresses from times gone by, Deirdre would be pleased to hear from you.
Contact: Deirdre on 087 9811193
Any family heirlooms or special craft samplers chosen for the public exhibition will be treated with great care and returned to their owners after the festival.
Boyle Arts Festival
July 23rd to 31st