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We are delighted to welcome you to making, a non-profit independent discussion forum for Craft practice in Ireland.

We invite you to enjoy our stories and critical reviews, which serve to inform and invigorate those interested in traditional and contemporary craft making.

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We would love to hear from you, whether it is about your own practice, your review of a show/event or more general observations about craft, in Ireland and elsewhere.
Please feel free to contact us at any time!

Joe & Hilary

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Crochet pattern testing - are you available?

I am looking for some crochet pattern testers.

I design and write the patterns and then I usually test the patterns at least twice, by two different testers, before printing.

If anyone that would be interested in doing this testing you can email

or phone me on 087 6577684.


Its mainly children’s wear.


Looking forward to hearing from you

Thanks Sandra

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Jewellery findings - Suppler wanted!!!

Do you have crimps, beading mats, seed and other girlie beads (pink, shells, hearts, stars, butterflies etc), acculon wire, silver toggles and similar

If you have this kind of stock let us know in the comments below, your website, contact details etc…needed ASAP

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Craft workshops - Leitrim design house - July 2016

Craft activities for July at the Leitrim Design House

Having creative visitors coming to stay?

Why not try one of our introductory taster sessions with a local craft maker?

You could weave your own neck scarf with fibre artist Frances Crowe or make a willow platter with Leitrim based basketmaker Lukasz Jurgowiak.

Try your hand at pottery with Tom Callery or make a beautiful facinator with milliner Wendy Louise Knight?

Of course you don’t have to let your visitors have all the fun, you could sign up yourself and , who knows, it may become a brand new hobby!

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July 2nd Weaving with France Crowe

Weave your own neck scarf:  Each participant will tie on the warp and will learn how to weave basket weave using a method which Fibre Artist, Frances Crowe has designed and made.

10 – 2pm €45




July 9th Basket making with Lukasz Jurgowiak

Learn to work with willow & make a platter with Leitrim based basketmaker Lukasz Jurgowiak 

10am – 2pm 




July 16th Pottery with Tom Callery

Sligo potter Tom Callery will give an introduction to clay and a little bit on it’s history. He will teach some handbuilding and mould making techniques. At the end of the day participants can take away their work and fire it in either your oven or  kiln and with the option of painting it later at home if you wish.

10am – 2pm €55




July 30th Millinery with Wendy Louise Knight

Learn how to make facinators. Wendy Louise Knight will give a hands on workshop teaching basic millinery skills using sinamay. During the workshop you will learn basic millinery techniques and apply these during the workshop to produce a facinator using a flatwork base with twists and leaf and flower techniques. This is aimed at beginners , no sewing skills are necessary. Just practice your needle threading  and bring your creativity!

11am – 1.30pm €55


To book any of these craft activities please visit


The Leitrim Design House

The Dock Arts Centre

St. Georges Terrace


Co. Leitrim 


Tel. 071 96 50533


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Exhibition by Peter Homan - Dublin 8 - June 2016

Please join us for the launch of I am Homan, an exhibition of fire painting by Peter Homan
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I am Homan, an exhibition of fire painting by Peter HomanLaunch 6pm, Thursday 9th June 2016
The Copper House
off Synge Street, Dublin 8

The Copper House will launch I am Homan, an exhibition of fire painting by Peter Homan, at 6pm, Thursday 9th June 2016.

Homan - Artist’s fire paintings are inspired by shards of light and hope, reflecting the artists struggle with chronic pain. These inspirations stem from the solace and escape from pain found in the wildness of Killamuck Bog, Abbeyleix, Co. LaoisIreland where he visits regularly.

Using oil and fire on canvas, this exhibition shows a magnetism towards colour, texture and the exoneration of his frustrations with chronic pain thus giving the subject matter it’s powerful abstract expressionism characteristic values. This encapsulates the voyeuristic parallels of the observed world’s leading to utterly breathtaking finished pieces.

Peter Homan’s art is created from a world of contradictions and experimentation. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and has spent all his life living in that urban environment, but his art has consistently been influenced by the natural world beyond the city limits. He received a Degree in Fine Art in DLAIDT in 2004, but despite this, he considers himself to be, largely, a self-taught artist.

Opening Times:
Launch - Thursday 9th June from 6pm - 8pm
Continues until 15th June, weekdays 10am - 5pm

For further information please contact Sarah Eva Manson;
Tel 01 478 4088
/TheCopperHouse.FineArtPrinting (Facebook)
@thecopperhse (Instagram & Twitter)

Peter Homan:
/homanartist (Facebook)

#firepainting #homanart #IamHoman

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Mixed media workshop- Galway- Saturday 2nd July 2016

Mixed Media Workshop


Forget crafting for just a few hours – come to our amazing full day workshops!  We will be teaching you some great mixed media techniques Create 3 mixed media projects throughout the day!  Kits and cooked lunch provided.  Options for just the morning or afternoon also available.


Date: Saturday 2 July

Time: Starting at 10am, and finishing at 5pm.

Place: Menlo Hotel, Galway, Ireland

 €185 for the whole day (3 projects and cooked lunch provided)

€80 for the morning (1 project)

€120 for the afternoon (2 projects)

Pre-booking is essential as there is limited space.


Call 0874563998





Janet and Jeni

The Little Paper Tree

9 Castlelawn Heights

Headford Road



Tel: 0874563998

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Knitting Classes - Waterford

 nitting classes begin on Monday June 13 at 11am-12.30pm. The beginner course is three weeks long and costs €15 per class. All yarn is included in the cost price class price. For more information and to book your place call or text Aimee on 0863973219 or


Peeko Crafts is a Waterford based craft business which was established in 2014 by Aimee Croke. Peeko Crafts specialises in luxury hand-knits, crochet toys and handmade lace jewellery and accessories. The Peeko Crafters was established by Aimee in 2016 and is a community based knitting and craft group which meets every Thursday evening in AM The Home Workshop and is open to all crafters and skill levels.

Aimee Croke





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It’s Sew easy, Summer camps - - June 2016

6 Week Courses in Dressmaking, Patchwork and Soft Furnishing

There are lots of fabulous summer creations under construction at the moment.  If you are interested in joining one of our courses we have both morning and evening classes available, Monday to Thursday, so we should have a class that suits your schedule.  

To book a class or for further information please visit our website
Contact Maebh directly on:
Phone: 087 953 6818
Sewing Skills Bootcamp
You will get so much more from all of our courses if you have experience using a sewing machine.  If not, it would be advisable to do our Sewing Skills Boot-Camp first and then sign up for the course(s) you are interested in.
Our next weekend Sewing Skills Bootcamp will start on Saturday 11th June or the midweek Bootcamp starts on Tuesday 7th June 2016.   The next Dressmaking Bootcamp will start on Saturday 25th June 2016.  Please visit our website for further details.

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Craft festival - Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Free entry…today!

Royal Marine Hotel…today!

10am to 5pm

Over 50 stands of excellent crafts, Raffle in aid of Irish Homeless, lovely people and lovely atmosphere!!

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Worldwide Knit in Public day - June 18th 2016

Saturday 18th June, 11am to 3pm


The Constant knitter, 88 Francis Street, Dublin

Contributions of home baking most welcome!

Please email us if there is an event that would be of interest to the knitting and fibre community.


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