Sunday, 17 July 2011

Handmade Sessions and New Members...

Pendant by Amélie Gagné
We are flying through July!  We have some new members at Craft in Kerry: Ursula Tramski in ceramics; Amélie Gagné in jewellery and paint; Mairead Sharry in weaving, spinning, and rushwork; and Lorcán Dunne in woodturning.  

Craft in Kerry is also hosting another showcase in Killarney at The Malton Hotel on the Bank Holiday Weekend, July 30 & 31st.  It will run inside the hotel from 11-8pm.  Killarney will be hopping with the Irish Open golf tourney, the Taste of Killarney in the Malton Hotel Gardens, and Summerfest going full tilt all around the town.  Call by and see us and buy some original Irish craft!

Crafty Bootcamp went very well the first week!  The girls got on very well and it was such a pleasure to teach them.  Dyeing, felting, stitching, crochet, drawing, and patchwork--a very busy week.  Perhaps too busy, but I have to think about that a bit.  New Bootcamp starts tomorrow 10-130pm.  Fee is €60, including materials with a discount for multiple bookings.  Ring 087-9111793 as registering is required.

Ursula Tramski's beautiful, textured ceramics

What's on this week at the Handmade Sessions?

Monday: Clothing upcycling with Andrea. Learn to customize and change your clothing.  It's pretty easy and Andrea will walk you through all the details. 

Tuesday: Crochet with Sharon.  Learn the basics of crochet or pick up some new design ideas in free-form crochet.     

Wednesday: Felting with Sharon.  Learn the basics of one of the oldest textiles in the world.  Using wool fleece, soap, and water, you can make your own fabric.  The class starts with felting basics and then a project like a felted book cover or scarf to take home. 

Thursday: Knitting with Vicki.  Learn the basics of knitting or simply pick up some new pattern ideas.  Vicki knits for a co-operative of professional knitters, so come learn some of her fantastic tips! 

Friday: Weaving with Mairead.  Learn how to weave a críos belt that was traditionally worn by the Aran and Blasket Islanders in Ireland.  A very simple technique to learn. Suitable for age 12 and up.   

SATURDAY: Felt and Dye Day 12-5pm €50 (longer day). Have women's woolly day out with us!  Learn to dye your own wool for felting and yarns for knitting/crocheting.  Felt something and learn to dye it subtle and beautiful shades.   

Pre-booking is essential for all workshops, so ring 087-9111793 for more info...

Traditional woven críos belt at Handmade Sessions
July 22nd 2-530pm.  

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