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Starting out on your own….

If you are starting to paint professionally check out this site for basic information:


If you are starting your own craft business, no matter how small check out:


Whether you have decided to make money from your passion, set up a market or fair, sell to the public for the first time or you have not lifted off the ground as you hoped, help is at hand.

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Knitting and Sewing Classes – Killiney, Co Dublin – Starting Wednesday 26th January 2011

Sewing Classes

These machine and hand sewing classes will teach you the basics about your machine and what you can do with it.  Once you are happy to move forward, you will then start a project making your own cushion to begin with.  Different designs can be chosen. 

This class is for beginners, and will lead you to follow patterns and give you a range of skills so you will be proficient with your machine.

Once you finish the first few projects you will be able to tackle your own alterations, cut and follow patterns and know many hand stitches.

Time:    Wednesday mornings  10am  - 12am

Cost:      70 Euro for 4 classes.

Classes start on Wednesday 26th January 2011 to Wednesday 16th February 2011

You will need:        Sewing machine (if possible), 0.5 Meter of Fabric (suitable for cushion), 12 inch zip and thread.

Places limited to ensure individual attention.

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Knitting Classes

This class is for those that want to learn different stitches and to read patterns.

Once you have mastered a range of different stitches you will chose a pattern which will become your project for the course.

Time:  Wednesday evening 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Cost: 65 Euro for 4 classes

Classes start on Wednesday 26th January 2011 to Wednesday 16th February 2011

You will need:        Knitting needles 4mm or size 8, double knit wool (any colour).

Places limited to ensure individual attention.

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Crochet classes to follow

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These sewing and knitting classes are geared towards those starting out on their creative path.  If you have a sewing machine that has an array of breath taking cobwebs on it or you knit in school and haven’t touched a pair of needles since, this is a great place to start (again!). These classes are also for those that have the basics, got started and then stuck on a cardigan for the latest addition to the family, help is at hand.  With over 45 years experience, Annette McDermott has made debs dresses, christening gowns and  wedding dresses, worked for curtain companies, knitted jumpers suppliers and taught in schools, private lessons and worked for St John of Gods teaching knitting.

To book a place on either or both of these courses

please call: 086 8885321

Or email:  craftconnect@gmail.com



Recommended suppliers:
  • ·         Home Focus, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin 18   -   Fabrics, threads, needles, zips, Trimings.
  • ·         Fabric Gallery, Church Terrace, Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow.    -  Material, thread, zips, wool and needles, Trimmings.
  • ·         Shaws , 80-81 Lower George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin -  Wool, knitting needles.
  • ·         Studio 54, 54 Temple Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin – Fabric, zips, threads, Trimmings
  • ·         This is Knit , Powerscourt townhouse Centre, South William Street,  Dublin 2 – Wool, needles.

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Ten Tips to Surviving 2011

Surviving 2011
With a year of a recession behind us, we are now getting used to the lack of sales from years before, the new amount of customers just looking and the customers you do have trying to get the best their money can buy them.
Below are a few tips to help you survive in your business for 2011

  • 1.       Be flexible, the old ways of doing things will not match the new way people are thinking, so be flexible.  See what works and does not work and suit your product to that situation.  If people want a cheaper version of your product, see how you can use a more efficient technique to make it, or a more cost effective way to package the product without undermining the product itself.  Comparing your business now to a few years ago is wasting your energy….remodel and rethink, give yourself a fresh start and new goals.
  • 2.       Branch out…instead of dropping the price of your product, why not resize it or make a new branch of your product where you can be more flexible on the price!  A small sale is better than no income at all!
  • 3.       Make something for yourself…..when you just love doing something you seem to do it no matter what the cost…instead of having a bad sale make it for yourself and keep in mind that the market can change again so you will have new opportunities to sell in the future.
  • 4.       Learn something new…….if you are out sourcing something for your product that you could learn yourself, then while the market is slow this is a prime opportunity to learn.  There are many night classes in basic computing, web design, photography, graphic design, paper making, crochet, felt making ….the list goes on.  Learn something new today, even if it is not related to your craft, it opens up your creative inspiration.
  • 5.       Safety in numbers…… Working in a group means that you get more people to shoulder the costs, organising and risks.  Instead of organising an exhibition of your work and having just your advertising , finance and style of stock for the event, if you have a couple of other people exhibiting with you, you can attract a wider audience with a collection of styles of work to suit many different types of customers.  Joining your mailing list with those that are in the group means you will get a much bigger group of customers to see your work.  Other people will bring different skills to the event, as everyone cannot be great at everything, so sharing out all the work to be done before you begin means that you can work on your product as well as having input to the event, without the burden of being responsible for everything.
  • 6.       Old Stock recycled or in storage…….if there is an expensive item that has not paid its way and you are about to give up on it, if possible could you dismantle it and make it into something new or many new pieces. If you are attached to something there is nothing wrong with putting it in storage….there may be a time that you know it is right to sell it or when you can cash it in.
  • 7.       Stop selling your gold…….have you ever wondered who is buying all your old gold????? You are selling something that is incredibly valuable.  Do not sell gold, silver or any other metal that is ‘lying’ around…….you are selling your wealth!  When there are shops closing all over the country, how are these shops opening up in the smallest corners in every town….you are under selling your metals and it is the only thing that is not losing its value…..never has and probably never will.  People are not buying shares, property or using the stock market….they are buying gold and silver coins, blocks or whatever they can get their hands on.  If you are not in need of the meagre 50 euro you are getting for you old gold chain then stick your gold and silver in your safe….and leave it there! That’s your retirement fund!
  • 8.       Teach, Share or work in your community….. When selling your product is not enough to earn an income why not spread your skills to help others grow.  People usually know if they are set out to be teachers so it will be easy for them to fall into this roll - whether you approach your local school or community centre and ask them about teaching weekend classes or night courses in your chosen field, or do a one-off workshop where people can come for a day to do a complete project and enjoy lunch with likeminded people while learning a new skill.         There is also the opportunity of working with an active retirement group, children, disabled people or people with learning disabilities.   

  • 9.       Staff is your biggest outgoing cost……Having been an employer and an employee I understand both sides of this story.  All employers want their staff to be happy….happy staff work harder and are more effective and efficient when they are appreciated.  Employers know that staff need to be paid to keep them, but also know that wages are the biggest outgoing  and are the first thing that need to be cut to help a business survive.  Instead of letting your staff go,  by asking them to sub-contract themselves to you, you  are paying them for the work that they do for you, and you are allowing them to be independent if they can get other work too.  It is very hard to let good staff go, but if there is no business left for anyone then cut backs need to be made.
  • 10.   Don’t take it personally……you are only responsible for yourself.  You cannot make decisions for anyone else.   Take advice, criticism and help when you can and most of all listen to yourself.  We have got where we are today by experience and taking chances that feel right for ourselves. Listen to your gut feelings and most of all keep going…!

Karen Harper

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Winnie’s Craft Cafe - Spring 2011 - Knitting Schedule

is pleased to host The Knitting Class’s programme of classes, workshops and drop-in  clinics for Spring 2011. 

Classes kick off on January 10th with our first K2tog (knit two together) class, where parents and children will learn to knit together…..a great bonding opportunity.



Winnie’s Craft Café

3 Woodbine Park, Booterstown

 Classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Email :              theknittingclass@gmail.com                      for times and dates


Course fee includes needles, practice wool and course notes. Additional materials will be required to be purchased for certain workshops**.   Tea and coffee also included J

Please note that your place on any course is not confirmed until the fee has been received in full. Where a class is not fully subscribed, you may be offered an alternative class or your fee refunded in full. Cancellations should be notified seven days prior to the beginning of the course.

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Suzie Sullivan - Derryauncrafts - Christmas Fairs 2010

I have been busy making lots of new art glass beady and woolly things for
the following Christmas craft fairs, please visit my stand at……………

Saturday 27th November-The Craft Fair. Castlebar. 10am till 5pm

Sunday 28th November-Sligo Christmas Art and Craft Fair, in aid of Sligo
Cancer Support Centre. The Southern Hotel, Sligo. 12noon till 5pm

Friday 3rd December 12 noon till 7pm, Saturday 4th 10am till 6pm and Sunday
5th 12 noon till 6pm- Foxford Craft Fair. The Leisure Centre, Foxford.

Saturday 11th December-Mc William Park Hotel, Claremorris. 10am 4pm.

My hand made art glass jewellery is now show-cased in the foyer of The Clew
Bay Hotel, James Street, Westport. Open 9am till late.

Also, my sculptural glass and textile artworks will be on show in the
Christmas Art exhibition at Sea Sky Shore Gallery, James Street, Westport.

buy hand made crafts for Christmas and support Irish craft!

Seasons greetings to all.

Best Regards

Suzie Sullivan
Derryaun Crafts
+353 (0) 98 21888

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The Knitting and Stitching show - RDS - October 28th to October 31st 2010

Date: Thursday October 28, 2020 - Sunday October 31, 2020

Venue: Hall 1

Opening Hours:
Thursday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm

If you are passionate about stitching, knitting, quilting, crafts or any other form of textiles, you’re looking at the right place!

This show has eveything you will ever need, and if they dont have it they can get it for you.  Get inspired, go shopping enjoy every second of the show!

Enjoy the twisted thread website and feel free to email mail@twistedthread.com if you have any questions.

Organiser’s Contact Details:
Creative Exhibitions Limited
8 Greewich Quay
London SEB 3EY

Tel: + 44 20 8692 2299
Email: mail@twistedthread.com
Fax: + 44 20 8692 6699
Web: http://www.twistedthread.com

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Crafty Alley Crop - Drumcondra, Dublin 9 - Saturday 11th Septembet 2010

Have you got any plans for Saturday, 11th September??

We are organising the first Crafty Alley Crop in Dublin on the 11th September.If you live around and would love to spend some time with crafty friends, shop and create someting beautiful.   email me ( timikonya[at]yahoo.com) and I will put you on the list.

Date and Time: 11th Spetember 2010, 13.00-17.00 (18.00)
Venue: All Hallows College, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin
Theme: Library card mini album and a quick card challenge
Price: €30

Please confirm your participation, so I can get the Kits.

Note: there is free parking in the college, if you need help how to get there just send me a message.

Looking forward to meeting you all,



The Crafty Alley supply shop is located at:

The Crafty Alley Shop
6B Scotts Street
East Avenue Road
Co. Kerry
Phone/Fax: +353 64 6630800

or http://www.craftyalley.com/index.php

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Patterns for Christmas Jumpers wanted…

If you have a christmas pattern for sale / lend / donation please let me know.  It seems that there are many people out there looking for them, and the more tacky the better seems to be the way.

Please let me know so I can pass it on




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Studio for Rent, Dublin 8

A bright and spacious studio space featuring a big industrial arch window is immediately available at La Catedral Studios, St. Augustine Street D8, round the corner from the National College of art & Design. Ideal to share, E 90 a week. 7 days & 24 hrs access. On street parking. Communal space, busy artistic environment. Suitable to visual/craft/fashion artist and photographer.

All info:
ph: 087 2753944
e-mail: lacatedralstudios@yahoo.com

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This is Knit - Knitting supplies - New branch open Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2

The opening hours of the Powerscourt Branch are:

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 6pm
(Closed for lunch from 2.15-2.45)

Late Opening Thursdays until 8pm

Please do come along to the Grand Opening Event which will be happening on the afternoon & evening of Friday 3rd of October. We hope to see lots of you there!

For more information regarding classes, knitting sessions and stock email lisa or Jacqui at info@thisisknit.ie

Blackrock shop address:

This is Knit,

19A Main Street Blackrock Market,

Blackrock, Co Dublin

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