Take a truly wonderful weaving class!

Take a truly wonderful weaving class! This is an article written by a friend, former spinning student and fibre addict.  Hope you enjoy reading and take this course! Fibre crafts are addictive, aren’t they? You start off learning one, but soon you will be tempted by a complementary craft or two to add to your repertoire. So it was for me; not long after I had learned to spin (in a Meet The Wool workshop taught by Sandra!) Then I was lured by to the joys of dyeing my own spinning wool. Once again it was Sandra to the rescue, ever the enthusiastic, knowledgeable teacher, in the form of one of her Natural Dyeing workshops. Hot on the heels of this new skill was the siren call of Weaving!   Sandra herself was hearing the call to learn to weave; in fact, once again she was my enabler! She’d signed up for a 4 day beginners & improvers weaving course, and tempted me with the delights of learning to weave in the charming stone buildings of the Grennan Mill Craft School in Thomastown, Kilkenny. We reeled another craft lover in, and the fates were set– we three women would add another notch to our fibre craft belts this summer!   Grennan Mill Craft School is a renowned school for full-time craft programs, but during the summer months they run several short courses. Catherine Ryan, the excellent weaving teacher, definitely brings out the best in her students. She loves the craft, and by the time you leave, you will too. Beginner weavers can’t help but be buoyed up by her practical, calm encouragement when we get... Read More


NATURAL DYEING SUMMER WORKSHOP I’m hosting a natural dyeing workshop next month which will run for two days, 14th & 15th of July.  This is suitable for anyone, experienced or not, spinner or not.  We will be collecting our own plants and flowers with which to make the dyes.  We will learn how to prepare the wool with mordants, how to extract the colours from the dye materials, and how to make a dye bath and modify it.  The work will be done at my studio and participants can also meet my sheep and see where it all begins. The goal is for everyone to dye 2 skeins of yarn which you can take home and create with.  The handspun wool will be provided so all you need to bring is a packed lunch each day and yourself.  I expect to have lots of fun and space will be limited to 3-4 students.  Below are the details on time and cost but if you have any other questions and if you want to attend, you can contact me on this website or on Facebook at Meet the Wool. Hope to see you soon! Where: Alder Cottage, Callura, Ballinruan, Clare When: 14/15 July  10AM – 5PM Fee: €135 includes all... Read More

Dyeing and Spinning Workshop 2017

Dyeing and Spinning Workshop 2017 I will be holding another beginner’s spinning workshop on the 28th and 29th of October. This year, it is two days and will include learning the basics of dyeing with natural materials. I will have it at my studio and students can also meet my sheep and see where it all begins. The first day will consist of choosing dye materials, discussion on mordants and doing a little spinning. The second day we will actually dye a skein of wool and each student will have the finished product to carry home. On the second day we will advance on the spinning wheel. It should be lots of fun and space will be limited to 5 students. If you attend and have your own wheel or access to one, please bring it along. We will break each day for a light lunch (provided). Below are the details on time and cost but if you have any other questions and if you want to attend, you can contact me on this website or on Facebook at Meet the Wool. Hope to see you soon! Where: Alder Cottage, Callura, Ballinruan, Clare When: 28/29 October 10AM – 5PM Fee: €135 includes all materials and lunch each day Name(required) Email(required) Website... Read More

Hand Spinning Workshop 2016

Hand Spinning Workshop 2016 Saturday’s beginner’s hand spinning workshop was a great success and the weather even cooperated by being perfect!  There were attendees from all parts of the island and it was great for me to meet such interesting and talented folks. We started the course with types of fleece, sorting, scouring, and preparation for spinning.  Other types of materials sampled were flax, bog cotton and dog fur.  There was a brief discussion on dyeing and the different ways to dye, such as acid chemical, natural and solar.  I learned about lichen and mushroom dyeing from our student, Alex. I’ll be doing a blog on that soon, and his input was very helpful.   Then we saw demos on hand carding, drum carding and using the drop spindle. After a well deserved lunch break, everyone got to work on the spinning wheels.  There were four different wheels available and included traditional, Irish castle wheel, and a contemporary wheel.  Students were encouraged to use any of the materials available and so besides spinning the usual sheep’s wool, we experimented with the bog cotton and flax.  Some interesting yarns resulted. Finally, amid the triumphs and frustrations, everyone went home with a little more knowledge of what it’s like to hand spin and with some of their very own hand spun yarn.  And I’m looking forward to conducting another similar workshop next year, along with perhaps some different ones. This week I’ll be attending the Stitch and Knit show at the RDS Dublin.  The link if you are interested is:  www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/dublin    Hope to see some of you there! enjoying the sun men can spin... Read More

Hand Spinning Workshop

Hand Spinning Workshop As a reminder, there are still a couple of spaces available for my beginner’s hand spinning workshop taking place on Saturday, 15th October.  We will be covering types of fleece and their preparation, dyeing, spinning with a drop spindle and hands-on wheel spinning.  You will even be able to “meet the wool” – Hyacinth, Rose, Daisy, and their new friend, Beau.  It should be loads of fun as well as informative.  Contact me for any further information and see you... Read More

Beginners Hand Spinning Workshop

Beginners Hand Spinning Workshop BEGINNERS HAND SPINNING WORKSHOP WHEN:  SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER  10 AM –  6PM WHERE:  FINFORD HOUSE, TUBBER WHAT:  Learn the basics of hand spinning including preparing fleece, dyeing (natural and chemical) and hands-on spinning instruction Space is limited to 6 and a €20.00 non refundable deposit will be required to hold your place. Total cost is €65.00 and includes all materials, equipment and lunch. Contact Sandra at 065 6890843 or 085 1430650 for questions and/or further information. Last year’s workshop was a great success and I’m sure we will have at least as much fun this year.  I’m looking forward to working with... Read More