Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Craft Fairs and Handmade Sessions

Linda  Hannafin's ceramics and Karen
Flannery's jewellery and hats

Easter seemed to come and go in a blur this year, with so many crafts activities on the go.  Craft in Kerry had it's first crafts showcase at An D√≠seart in Dingle, Co Kerry.  Exhibiting the best of handmade Kerry crafts, there was a great turnout and even better weather.  Perhaps TOO GOOD, as many customers ventured down to the waterside for lunch that afternoon and didn't make it back up!  Many thanks to all our talented artisans and new customers for coming on board.

Nationwide was there filming us on the day and it should air on Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm. They were all over the place filming, so we just have to wait and see what the final edit ends up looking like.  Many thanks to them for their time and great promotion--they have been so good to the Year of Craft!

Watch this space for information on more Craft in Kerry events.

Garry Marcham preparing his greenwood chairs.  Garry will
be teaching as part of the Handmade Sessions.
Our focus is now shifting to our new Handmade Sessions. We will be teaching half-day workshop sessions (10-1pm and 2-6pm) in a wide variety of crafts in Dingle, County Kerry. Your 4 hour session will include materials, instruction, and a fine Kerry welcome! Workshop offerings include traditional Irish knitting, Irish crocheted lace, woodcarving, jewellery, creative embroidery, felting, dyeing, and more. Customized workshops available on request, as well as longer sessions. Please contact handmadesessions@hotmail.com for more information.

Debbie McCarthy and Dawn Thomas' exhibition at the
Craft in Kerry craft fair last Friday.

Our next member focus is Dawn Thomas.  Dawn hand knits and crochets beautiful adult and children's wear from her base in North Kerry.  Specialising in custom-made wearables, Dawn makes hats, cardigans, blankets, and more to cater to almost any occasion.  Using a wide variety of patterns and  yarns, she is kept busy on the craft fair market sharing space with Debbie McCarthy.  They will be exhibiting at the craft fair in Killarney May 28 and at many fairs around Kerry.  

You can find more information about all Craft in Kerry members on our Facebook page or email sharon1_crandall@hotmail.com.  New members welcome, but produce must be handmade in Kerry.

Dawn Thomas' beautiful hand-crocheted girl's tunic dress

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