Saturday, July 25, 2015

OPEN DAY/YARD FEST: Flax Mill Textiles, Dungiven, Derry


 22nd Open Day and Yard Fest at the Flax Mill Textiles

Dungiven, Derry

on Saturday, Sept. 12th 2015.

a gathering of textile-lovers and textile experts unrivaled anywhere!

With craft demonstrations, craft stalls, talks, music and more... 
Textile Crafters Demonstrating:

  • Wool-felting by Jacky Sleator (Derry City).
  • Yarn-spinning on two wheels by the unique Eileen Patterson and Lynda Kelly.
  • All our looms in action with guest-weaver Emma Porter (Berlin) and “our own” Maura Mc Kee in the driving seats
  • One of Ireland’s best weavers and designers Sarah Morrison from Derry City to be present.
  • Hand embroidery like you have never seen before with famous embroiderer and tutor of hand-embroidery, Dr Lynn Hulse coming from London to our open day for the first time. She will not only run a stall but also an amazing workshop (see here for details).
  • Cloth dyeing with natural dyes by master dyer Christine Boyle from Belfast.
  • Plus: local crochets, cushions made in Belfast, master – knitters, tailors from Germany and Ireland, the top designers on these shores and from far away.
Other Craft Demonstrations:
  • Blacksmith Marius Eitelwein from Germany will be in the driving seat behind the big forge
  • Ballymoney Old Vehicles Clubwill be paying a visit – that means the cream of classic cars at the old mill – as will other owners of unique old cars and machinery.
Musicians include:

Mandy Bingham (Coleraine)
The most up- and coming singer/songwriter in the North who just released her new album is going to open the evening concert.
Isabel Neuenfeldt (Berlin)
The cult-singer/accordionist from Germany on her first trip to Ireland – one gig only!
Isabel will feature Dungiven’s rising star on the harp Dearbhlá Mc Taggart - during her set – a unique get -together of two artists from different backgrounds.
Aoibheann Devlin (Toome)
No need to introduce one of Ireland’s top-fiddlers to music-lovers. No so known is the fact that she is also a fantastic harp player. Her set at the Yard fest is sure to set the night on fire!

Mark Cooper
(Belfast Poets) reading ++ a duo of compares who are NOT female but equally pretty (Hermann Glaser-Baur and Willie Drennan) ++ Ireland’s best session after the gig and Ireland’s best and most famous buffet before ++the return of German beer …..

Bruce Clark, historian, journalist, son of Ireland’s oldest family in linen and foremost friend will give a talk during our Open Day. His fascinating presentation on linen in connection with emigration from Ulster to the “new world” during last year’s Open Day was so overcrowded that even a camera-man who was there to film him talking had no chance to get into the mill cottage.This year’s talk which will be touching on the division of labour in linen-making is going to be equally popular. We would strongly advise you to show your interest in Bruce’s talk before the Open Day so we can ensure a place for you.

OPEN DAY: 9am-6pm
Booking not essential but appreciated.
YARD FEST:  6pm onwards: gig/dinner/session
Booking is essential

For more information or to book contact:
Mill Lane, 
Co. L'derry
BT 47 4QD

Tel: 0044 28 77742655

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