Monday, November 17, 2014

COMPETITION!! Win a copy of ICA Book of Crafts


The lovely folk at Mercier Press have sent us a lovely package! Two copies of their latest publication, The Irish Countrywomans Association Book of Crafts! One copy we will be reviewing in the coming weeks (which will probably be covered in drops of tea and biscuit crumbs by the end, as we ogle the absolutely beautiful photos). The second copy will be given away as a prize!!


Entry to the competition is simple! You don't have to follow us (although that would be nice!), just leave a comment below this post, and we will randomly pick out a winner on 4th December 2014 
Simply click on the comment word below and say hello.

Don't leave any personal details, such as telephone numbers, addresses, just a comment, and if your name is picked out of the hat, email us (woollywayATgmailDOTcom) with your postal address and we'll pop this beautiful baby in the post to you ASAP! 
We hate competitions of lovely stuff, that are exclusive to countries or continents, (because we cant enter!) so this competition is open to everyone, worldwide, where ever you may be.

Firstly, we'd like to thank Mercier Press for giving us copies to review and to give away and secondly we'd like to congratulate the ICA and Mercier Press on the publication of the book. It is such a beautiful book, with gorgous photos and a wide range of crafts. It is so good to see a book on Irish crafts written and published in Ireland. Long may it continue!
The book is currently available to buy from the Mercier website

Mercier Press
Unit 3B, Oak House, Bessboro Rd., Blackrock,
Cork, Ireland.
Tel: (+353 21) 461 4700 
Direct line (+353 21) 461 4456
Fax: (+353 21) 461 4802
Mobile 087 929 9313

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Print Block’s New Print Workshops


Kick-start your printing this November with Print Block’s new range of taster workshops in printed textiles; develop skills, apply new printing techniques such as reactive and repeat printing, and much more.  Suitable for those with some previous printing experience or ideal as a follow on from any Print Block beginners workshops.

Flock & Foiling
Saturday 15 November
10.30am - 2.30pm
€85, 6 places

Experiment with flocking and foiling papers to create textured and metallic printed surfaces through screen-printing and hand-painted techniques.

Reactive Dyes
Saturday 22 November
10.30am - 2.30pm
€85, 6 places

Explore the medium of reactive dyes through screen-printing, hand-painting and painted-screen techniques. In this session you will experiment with printing pastes and work on a variety of silks and cotton.

Saturday 29 November
10.30am - 2.30pm
€85, 6 places

Experiment with white and colour discharge printing. Using different dyed coloured grounds or existing prints: learn how discharge printing can achieve light or bright colours on dark backgrounds, creating striking and unusual results.

A basic provision of materials are included in all the above workshops. Course specific information about what to bring along will be circulated in advance of the workshop date.

Workshops next year: Repeat Printing
2015 date TBC - 4 places
Create your own 1-colour repeat pattern: in this intensive course you will print your own full scale 3-metre length, learning how to design for repeat printing, manually or by computer and to prepare the table for printing using registration techniques.

To secure yourplace: email stating the workshop of interest, your name, address and phone number.  Once your place is confirmed payment can be made by Paypal via our website or by cheque to Print Block, The Donnelly Centre, Cork Street, Dublin 8. For a full programme or to make a booking please visit

Print Block
The Donnelly Centre
Cork Street
Dublin 8

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Book Launch - Cleo: Irish Clothes in a Wider World, Dublin

Book Launch: 13th of November in Taylor's Gallery 
 Kildare Street, Dublin

All Welcome

Associated Editions publishing company have kindly invited the Woolly Way and all interested knitters to join them for the launch of a new fabulous book, written by Hilary O'Kelly, called Cleo: Irish Clothes in a Wider World. The launch takes place from 6-8pm on the 13th of November in Taylor's Gallery on Kildare Street, Dublin, right beside Cleo's.

If you are interested in attending the launch, simply email RSVP to Anna at

This book is about the history of Cleo, the hand knit shop, now located on Kildare Street, Dublin. The story of the shop is a fascinating one. It began in 1936, by the late Kay Ryan and has stayed as a family business, through her daughter Kitty and her granddaughters, Helen and Sarah,who now run the shop.

The book records and celebrates the achievement of Cleo, in commissioning and promoting handknitting and handweaving through an era when few in Ireland appreciated its value. Knitting and weaving have long had a powerful emblematic status in the world-wide image of Irish craft and culture. 

The author Hilary O'Kelly graduated from the History of Dress course at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her research, focusing in particular on dress and the everyday, has embraced themes of cultural politics, identity, religion and emigration. She lectures in the faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin.

The book is available to buy on the evening of the launch and on the Associated Editions website here:

Cost: €20
Free postage and packing in Ireland!

For more information about the book contact

Associated Editions

Next time you are in Dublin, take the time to visit this lovely shop:
18 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel: 00 353 (0)1 676 1421

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Felt Workshops, Dublin



8th November: Slipper making workshop

15th November: Hatmaking workshop
22nd November: Nuno scarf workshop

Each workshop runs from 10am-5pm in Lucan, Co.Dublin.
A full day workshop cost 75 euros including materials.

Running on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm in Lucan, Co.Dublin.
Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November
Themes: jewellery, Christmas decorations, 3D vessel, winter wearables
The course cost: 100 euros including materials.

For further information or to book your place contact Gabi McGrath on 0877864604 or e-mail to

Print Workshop, Dublin

Two Hour Print Job

Open Access To Print At The Stoneybatter Guild

Come and print for TWO hours in the lovely Stoneybatter Guild on Manor Street.

Bring your pre cut paper stencils and screens if you have them, or use mine. This workshop is for people with some experience of printing, whether you have done a course with me or somewhere previously or are self thought, just as long as you know the basics. Think Open Access with me on hand to guide you and make the tea!
Come prepared to maximise your print time. There will be screens, dye and lots of lovely blocks to use. We have set two Saturdays in November from 3-5pm so pencil them into your diaries! Could be a nice way to create handmade Christmas Presents, or just have an afternoon to print in a relaxed environment.
There will be a selection of blank items to purchase on the day, including Table Cloths, Runners, Napkins, Tote Bags and Tea Towels, or bring your own items to print onto.

Each Workshop costs €35
Saturday's 8th and 15th of November 2014

Contact Liz Walsh at or
Ph: 086-8658197
These workshops will be held in the wonderful Stoneybatter Guild, 
The Yard, 
Manor Street,
Dublin 7

Thursday, October 16, 2014



Sorry for the delayed post. I was away for the past week and I forgot my tablet, and so wasn't able to update the blog. (Sometimes leaving technology behind is a good thing, thought, keeps your mind on the moment). I did post a quiet here's the winners in the comments section, but wanted to make more of a fanfare about it.

I'm delighted to say the winners of our Knit and Stitch Tickets are

If you haven't already emailed me with a postal address, please send one to woollywayATgmailDOTcom, and I will get these lovelies in the post to you ASAP!! 

Big thank you to all that entered and to the Knitting and Stitching Show for the tickets. Really looking forward to this years event.

See you there!! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

COMPETITION!! Win tickets to 2014 Knitting and Stitching Show

The Knitting and Stitching Show have kindly offered us 3 pairs of tickets for this years show in a giveaway competition for our lovely blog readers. 

Entry to the competition is simple! You don't have to follow us (although that would be nice!), just leave a comment below this post, and we will randomly pick out 3 winners on Sunday 12th October about 6pm. Simply click on the comment word below and say hello.

Don't leave any personal details, such as telephone numbers, just a comment, and if your name is picked out of the hat, we will contact you, or you can email us (woollywayATgmailDOTcom) with your postal address and we'll pop these lovelies in the post to you ASAP!

Tickets are valid on any of the following days:
Thursday 30th Oct 2014
Friday 31st Oct 2014
Sunday 2nd November 2014

The Knitting and Stitching Show is the ultimate textile event in Ireland, taking place from October 30th until November 2nd. Read more about this fabulous event here!

Best of luck!!


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