Bluefaced Leicester Yarn & Tops

September 20th, 2014
Blue Faced Leicester Aran & DK yarn

Blue Faced Leicester

Blue Faced Leicester Tops

Blue Faced Leicester Tops

Bluefaced Leicester pattern


This Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) has just arrived!

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) is an exceptionally adaptable wool, being suitable for garments that need to be both soft and hardwearing.   The West Yorkshire Spinners undyed BFL (Aran and DK) comes in ecru, brown and light brown.  It is beautifully soft, especially in the ecru, and is wonderfully lustrous.

WYS has teamed up with top designer Jenny Watson to create some stunning designs for this yarn in both Aran and DK thickness.  We have these patterns in stock here.

The combination of the soft and luxurious yarn with Jenny’s innovative designs will ultimately evolve into some fantastic garments.


Brand new Autumn workshops with Maria Tapper

September 19th, 2014
Maria Tapper Courses

Maria Tapper Courses

Maria’s Autumn workshops include sewing, creative embroidery, quilting, block printing and then embellishing your print with embroidery and finally some Christmas decoration workshops using hand stitching, embroidery and simple machine stitching.  Most of these include either lunch or materials!

Contact Maria on 087 769 0873 or at

Sewing workshop – 8th November

September 19th, 2014
Sewing workshop

Sewing workshop

Want to learn a new craft or brush up on an old one?

Maria Tapper will be back here in the studio over the shop for another sewing workshop.

For details please contact Maria on or 087 769 0873



Creative Embroidery Workshop

September 18th, 2014
Creative embroidery workshop

Creative Embroidery

This promises to be an excellent 3-hour hands-on embroidery workshop as usual with Maria Tapper.  The workshop will take place in our beautiful studio space over the shop.

For more information or to book please contact Maria Tapper on or 087 769 0873


Upcoming classes

September 12th, 2014


The Constant Knitter

The Constant Knitter

We have some really exciting and new classes and workshops coming up in the next few weeks.  They all take place in the beautiful studio over the shop:

Regular Weekly Classes

Tuesday mornings 11.00 – 1.00pm:  knitting with Maria McGann ( or 086 222 7884)

Tuesday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00p,:  crochet with Maria McGann ( or 086 222 7884)

Wednesday mornings 10.30-12.30pm:  sewing with Dee Harte   ( or 087 652 8448)

Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm:  sewing with Dee Harte  ( or 087 652 8448)

Thursday evenings 6.30-8.30pm:  knit and crochet class


Saturday 25 October 11.00 to 6.00pm: Irish Crochet / Clones Lace workshop with the renowned Maire Treanor

Saturday 8 November: sewing and embroidery with Maria Tapper ( or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 November:  patchwork quilt weekend with Maria Tapper ( or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 22 November: Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper ( or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 29 November:  Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper – screen printing and embroidery ( or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 6 December:  Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper – screen printing and embroidery ( or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 13 December: sewing and embroidery with Maria Tapper ( or 087 769 0873)

Contact Rosemary at or on 087 996 7197



Cat food for Cats Aid

September 11th, 2014

If you have cat food that your cats won’t eat (opened and unopened dry food or unopened wet food), Cats Aid here in Dublin would love it!  You can leave it here at 88 Francis Street.

This food will go to foster  and feral cats and cats with families in financial difficulty.


Lazy Cardi

September 9th, 2014

Lazy Ribbed Cardi

This was a very easy and quick knit using just one ball (150g) of Schoppel Woolle Admiral Starke 6.  I even had enough to do the i-cord buttons but I love yellow and cream together and did the i-cord buttons in 4-ply.  I now think I should have used the same yarn as the cardi or even a DK.


Pompoms – very realistic fake fur!

August 25th, 2014


Rico fake fur pompoms

These very realistic fake fur pompoms just arrived.  They look wonderfully dressy on a hat!


Very colourful Donegal Tweed Hat

August 21st, 2014

Donegal Tweed Hat, based on a pattern, Coney Hat, by Vyvyan Neel, using Donegal Tweed yarn.  Thanks to Mary T, who made the hat and lent it to me for few days.

Donegal Tweed Hat

Donegal Tweed Hat















Wedges Scarf

August 21st, 2014

I really enjoyed making this scarf with 1 skein each of Artesano Alpaca Silk 4ply in the Celadon and Robin’s Egg colourways.  The wedges are created using short rows.