Archive for the ‘Spinning’ Category

Merino, BFL, silk fibres

Thursday, July 21st, 2016




drop spindle

drop spindle

All arrived today.  Loads and loads of colours to choose from – all ideal for spinning and felting

IGWSD monthly meeting – Sun 10 April

Friday, April 8th, 2016



The monthly meeting of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers is taking place on Sunday, 10 April from 2-4.30pm.

This is a free event – no need to book.

This event will give you the chance to see and try some spinning and weaving and  takes place is the studio over the shop.

Workshops & Events @ The Constant Knitter

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Crewel Embroidery Workshop :  Sat 18 July, 11-5pm

With Renata Tesu, who trained at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court.  Crewel work is surface embroidery with 2ply wool.  The aim of the workshop is, working from a kit, to learn from 5-8 stitches and be able to finish your project at home.

Crewel Embroidery workshop

Crewel Embroidery workshop

Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers :  Sun 19 July, 2-5pm
IGWSD meet
IGWSD meet

The monthly meeting of The Eastern Region Guild Meet of The Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers will take place in the studio over the shop on Saturday 19 July next in the afternoon.  Free to attend plus there is free parking on Francis Street on Sundays.  You can try some spinning or weaving.



Machine Knitting Workshop : Sat 25 July, 2-6pm
Machine knitting
machine knitting

This is a beginners’ class.  We have knitting machines in the studio but you can bring your own if you wish.  Cost is e60, which includes all materials.

Contact : Sorcha on or on 085 844 9732, or myself


Irish Crochet / Clones Lace Workshop :  Sat 12 September, 11-6pm

Clones Lace workshop

Clones Lace

Join Maire Treanor for another great 1-day workshop.  Learn how to make a Clones knot, a Clones Rose or Shamrock.  Or bring your own project to work on!

Contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or


Knitting Class every Thursday evening (6.30-8.30pm)

Max 5 students per class.  Suitable for all levels.  We can lend you needles and yarn for your first class.

Contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or


Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Back My Stitch Up

Back My Stitch Up

Upcoming workshops and classes which 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 – 4.00pm:  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:  knitting class

Workshops & Events

Sunday 22 February 2.00 to 5.00pm:  Eastern Region Guild Meeting of the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (

Saturday 28 February 11.00 to 5.00pm: Irish Crochet / Clones Lace workshop with Maire Treanor

Weekend 28/9 March:  Maria Tapper – details to follow.  (

Contact Rosemary at or on 087 996 7197


Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers

Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers

Delighted to welcome the Eastern Region of the Guild to spend the afternoon of Sunday 22 February spinning or weaving in our studio.  All welcome and it’s free to attend!

Bluefaced Leicester Yarn & Tops

Saturday, 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.


Felting & Spinning Fibres

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Felting Fibres

Felting Fibres

Just a fraction of the new felting fibres in today including merino, Blue Faced Leicester etc

Spinning workshop with drop spindle

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Drop Spindle and fibre

Drop Spindle and fibre

Frolic with Fibre:  Handspinning with a Drop Spindle

Create your own unique handspun yarn using a drop spindle!  In this workshop, you will learn about different fibre types, how spinning creates yarn and how to prepare fibre for spinning. Finally, transform your spinning fibre into your very own bespoke yarn stash.  No experience necessary!

Venue:  The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis Street, Dublin 8

Date:  Saturday, 4th May

Time:   10.30 to 1.30

Cost:  € 50 – includes all materials (spindle and fibre).

To enrol, contact Rosemary on 087 996 7197 or

A Euro 20 deposit in advance of the workshop secures your place.

Fleece to Yarn Workshop in Markree Castle, Sligo

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

FleecesMary  of Markree Wool Craft is hosting a workshop – From Fleece to Yarn – on March 9th and 10th in Markree Castle, Collooney, Co Sligo.  Sounds like a wonderful event.  This workshop will cover all aspects of washing, dying and spinning wool.

For more details contact Mary on or on 086 819 8543

Victorian miniature spinning wheel on Francis St

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


Victorian Spinning Wheel

Victorian Spinning Wheel

Mervyn from Yeats Country Antiques on Francis St brought this over to the shop a few days ago to let it hang out here a while.   It is only 30″ high.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice – it’s patina is truly beautiful.  I think it might need some work though……