2019 has been a very busy year so far for me and Meet the Wool. For years, I have been thinking about a working studio for weavers and hand spinners where the public could drop in to watch and see the beautiful woolen items handcrafted from local sheep and alpaca fleece.
In December I got serious about the whole idea, wrote down a plan for what it should be and found a wonderful, light space in Ardrahan, County Galway. Realizing that I couldn’t pull this off by myself, I solicited the help of Susan Wilde, a spinner, weaver and expert at social media. Than I found Megan O’Malley, a young, talented weaver who recently moved to Ireland. With their help, the three of us managed to put together the studio and craft gallery and opened the doors on 23 February 2019.
It has been non stop since, with 100% support from the local community and friends in the spinning community. We have sourced wonderful crafts made locally from Irish wool and alpaca. We have scheduled and completed workshops in knitting, spinning, felting and weaving. More of these to follow including crochet, advanced knitting, spinning art yarn and needle felting.
I can’t express how proud I am of having a space in which to work as well as share my love of textile crafts with others. And I am so grateful to Susan and Megan for all their hard work. All three of us are dedicated to using and supporting Irish wool and Irish alpaca. I promise more to come on activities at Irish Fibre Crafters.