Felt Making Classes, Textile Art - Starting Tuesday 9th September - Kilpedder, Co Wicklow

Ancient techniques, Contemporary designs in Felt making

Weekly classes will begin on tuesday 9th September in Kilpedder, co. Wicklow, (near greystones) 10.30 til 1pm. ( other class times available on request).

We will experiment with a range of felt making techniques including Nuno, Shibori, and working with templates to make beautiful vessels, bags or any 3d shape that can be applied to felt to create striking three-dimensional effects in your felted fabric. The main focus is on experimentation and discovery.

Inspired by beauty in simple form, Nessa’s style brings together her love and fascination of the natural world and felt making in sculptural form.

Nessa has been exploring and teaching shibori and nuno felting techniques in her more recent works and is particularly interested in the contemporary approach of binding metal pieces with delicate fibres such as silk and lace with wool.

These classes are suitable for beginner to advanced felt-makers of all levels

classes cost €25 and include coffee, tea and cake.

Contact Nessa McCormack at nessamccormack@gmail.com, 086 6022511,


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Kerry Christmas Market - Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2014 - book now!

The 4th annual Kerry Christmas Market will take place Saturday or Sunday December 6/7 in Dingle at the Dingle Bay Hotel from 12-5pm. Stall fee is €50 and you can participate in either day, space permitting. Looking for high quality craft and specialty food (but no hot prepared food, please).

The Other Voices music festival will be on and a great buzz around the very packed town. Promotion in Radio Kerry, Radio na Gaeltachta, Kerryman, and Irish Independent.

For more information, contact sharon1_crandall@hotmail.com or ring 087-9111793.

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Patricia’s Candles - Selling over the next few months!


Attending the following Events:

·         The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day (Sunday 14th September 2014: 11am to 5pm) – Knocklinn Farm, Ballyman Road, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

·         The Ashbourne Craft and Trade Fair (Sunday 26th October 2014: 11am to 6pm) – Donnamore GAA Club, Ashbourne, Co Meath

·         The Craft Festival (Sunday 2nd November 2014: 10am to 5pm) – Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire www.irishcraftfestival.com

·          The Affordable Gift Fair (Sunday 23rd November 2014: 10am to 5pm) – Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghairewww.giftfairireland.com

·         The Marlay Craft Fair (28th, 29th and 30th November 2014) – Marlay Park Housewww.marlaycraftfair.com

·         Christmas Fair (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2014)- Killruddery House and Gardens, Southern Cross, Bray, Co Wicklow

·         Christmas Craft and Food Fair (Sunday 14th December 2014) – The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Fingal, Co Dublin – P: +353 (0)1 8020898



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Artists Gift Gallery - new location - The Design House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

I have exciting news about whats been happening with the Artists Gift Gallery! A wonderful opportunity presented itself over the last few weeks to join the Design House on Dawson Street. 

The Design House is a fantastic enterprise bringing designers and artists together under one roof and offers customers a wide array of high quality products including fashion, bridal wear and accessories, and a consultation area for made to order work. It opened it’s doors 8 months ago and since has received wonderful publicity and has already earned a very prestigious reputation.

The Artists Gift Gallery is delighted to announce that it has now become the Craft Department in this enterprise adding another dimension to the range available here. We are up on the first floor of the Design House. As before the Artists Gift Gallery is trading under the same name and still dedicated to providing a wide range of high quality Irish Crafts and Artwork, with many of the same designers ranges, and some new ranges too. Our range of products include jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, home ware, fashion accessories, artisan soaps and candles, photography and artwork.

I do hope you will pop in and visit. There is a new Italian cafe opening in the building within the next few weeks for a place to rest your feet after a good browse, so it’s well worth dropping by. The website is the same as before www.artistsgiftgallery.ie and the facebook page is www.facebook.com/artistsgiftgalleryie if you would like to keep in touch for all updates. We have various exciting events coming up including an official re-opening for the Artists Gift Gallery in a few weeks time, at  which you are all most welcome to join us in celebrating! All details will be posted up on facebook. Thanks for taking the time to read about our big news! 

I’ll look forward to seeing you!

Kindest Regards,

Jenni Kilgallon,

Artists Gift Gallery,

@ The Design House,

43 Dawson Street,

Dublin 2.


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10 Reasons To Buy Handmade Craft in Ireland by Craftbay

If you are reading this, you will know that we are passionate about craft and dedicated to selling and promoting the beautiful handmade products featured on our website. But where did this enormous passion of ours come from? Sure, it’s easy to follow the current economic model and go to your local high street to purchase things, but we want something different – to showcase individuality and creativity, that’s what we’re about. So we’re here to spread the word and provide you with 10 reasons why you should alter your thinking and buy handmade craft in Ireland.

  1. Appreciate quality

Unlike the mass-produced ‘goods’ of today (and we use that term loosely) products made on a conveyer belt won’t be as well-made as the handmade items created with care and love from their passionate designers.

  1. Buying local, support the community

Purchase from the people who actually create the items that you fall in love with rather than lining the pockets of corporations. After all, they are the true masters of their art, should they not be the ones rewarded? There is a vibrant community in Ireland and we are proud to showcase their work.

  1. It’s good for the environment

There is already way too much junk in this world. Many craft creators today use recycled materials. Handmade gifts are – for many reasons – more ecological than that what you would purchase in any retail store.

  1. Take pride in what you buy

Be conscious of how and where you spend your hard earned money. Think, are you stimulating the environment in a positive way? Love the gifts you buy, love the gifts you give.

  1. Celebrate artists

The creators, the artists and the designers should be cherished and adored in society as opposed to being made to work for next to nothing. They love what they do and it’s reflected in their work.

  1. It’s unique

No two items are the same as handmade craft means exactly that. There’s blood, sweat, tears and most importantly love that goes in to every creation…and it shows.

  1. More than just a product

Rather than being instructed how to make something, handmade products have been carefully thought about. It is deliberate and its uniqueness undoubtedly shines through.

  1. An alterative way of shopping

Spending less on postage and packaging, as well as shipping from overseas will decrease fossil fuel erosion and create fair working conditions. No big manufacturing machines, chemicals or illegal labour.

  1. Your putting money in to the hands of the creator

It is much more of a personal experience if you know the creator/seller. Big corporations are, in essence, a faceless entity. People should buy from people, not from brands.

  1. It shows you care

Giving handmade is truly the essence of gift giving. It shows a lot of thought has gone in to carefully selecting the item, rather than just picking it off the shelf. We like to compare it to writing a letter, rather than sending an email. It’s exclusive and it enriches the lives of those who receive it.

These are our reasons why we love handmade. To promote: community, individuality, passion and quality over mass-produced items. Why do you love handmade craft items in Ireland?

The Craftbay Team

Dublin, Ireland

Web: www.craftbay.ie

Craft  Bay- Authentic Handmade Irish Gift Supplier

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Sewing Bootcamps - Stillorgan, Co. Dublin


New intensive Sewing BootCamp

New intensive course for those who want to quickly learn sewing skills

Contact:  Maebh
Phone: 0879536818
E: Maebh@seweasy.ie

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MART is delighted to announce a bi monthly weekend market that will be held in The MARTCADE a warehouse cafe space below a georgian building on the high street of lower Rathmines just by Portobello Bridge. - 46 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines Dublin 6. [ This is not to be confused with our other location the fire station]

MARTCADE [run by MART.ie] is a new creative eatery located in a warehouse on the premises of the old Blackberry Market. It currently holds two permanent Market Food Vendors - Le Petit Camion & The Pieman Cafe selling Dublin’s Best Coffee, Juices, Cake, Pies, Salads & Sandwiches! A colourful art space to eat, drink, relax and work.

We are looking for craft, art, jewellery, fashion, bric a brac, flea and food wholesalers - farmers market. [we are however not looking for on the spot cooking i.e pancakes,curries, etc] we are looking for fruit, veg, hummus, jams, brownies etc.

All Food Vendors must have HSE certificates and Public Liability.

The Cost is a small €30 for one day and paid in cash on the day.

Please fill out sign up sheet here:



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Card Making Workshops - Bray , Co Wicklow - Friday 19th to 21st September 2014

Weekend of Card Making Workshops

At the Wilton Hotel, Bray Co Wicklow. Ireland

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of September 2014


3 workshops over the weekend

Creating a selection of card for different occasions

lots of Demos, fun, Crafty games, and craic. over the weekend

The Wilton have given up a fantastic package for anyone who would like to stay over.

Everyone Welcome

lots of ladies coming on there own,

so you won’t feel left out

These workshops will suit all levels of card makers, as we work in 2 groups, in a step by step method allowing anyone who need extra help more time,

allowing the more advanced crafters time to chat while they craft,

Contact:  01 2010117

Full details on our blog. http://cardartweekendaway.blogspot.ie

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Craft Fair - Clayton Hotel, Galway - Sunday 30th November 2014

Crafters wanted for a craft fair taking place in The Clayton Hotel, Galway

on Sunday 30th November 12-6pm.

Handmade items only strictly no bought in products.

€60 .8 foot table provided.

Contact Lisa on  0877852820

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Wicklow Enterprise Board - Training Courses for small businesses Autumn 2014 - Book now!

We are pleased to let you know that all of our Business & IT Training Courses for the Autumn 2014 season are now live on our website www.localenterprise.ie/wicklow

Great courses like:  Costing & Pricing for Craftspeople, Tax & VAT for Start Up Businesses, Product Design & Branding for Craftspeople, Start Your Own Business Course, Social Media for Your Business - Beginners and many more.


So, take a look at the direct links below to our booking & payment pages.
You can pay online with credit/debit card (or call us on 0404 30800 if this option doesn’t suit you).

We look forward to seeing you at some of our events this coming season!

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