Archive for April, 2013

Sewing workshop – Sun 12th May

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Sewing Workshop with Maria Tapper

Sewing Workshop with Maria Tapper

Want to learn a new craft or just brush up?  This one-day workshop will help you reinvent yourself and your wardrobe :  improve skills with commercial patterns, cloning garments, alterations, upcycling or making patterns.  Sewing machines supplied or bring your own if you prefer.  Classes limited to 6-8 students.

For more information and to book:  or  087  769  0873


From Fleece to Yarn Workshop – SLIGO

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Fleece to Yarn

Fleece to Yarn

Following the success of her last workshop Mary Cooper wants to announce another weekend of wool related fun.  Covering the basics of all aspects of taking the raw fleece to a finished yarn, including washing, preparing, hand dying (natural, food and artificial dyes) & spinning with a drop spindle and introduction the the spinning wheel. Bring any fleece or equipment you might have.  Suitable for all levels from beginner.  Please bring apron and old clothes.

Max of 6 per course

€150- includes workshop, supplies, tea/coffee breaks, lunches

Enquiries to Mary-
Bookings to Markree Castle-

Anatomy of a Sock

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Anatomy of a Knitted Sock

Anatomy of a Knitted Sock

Sock Anatomy 101:  Learn to Knit Socks (Cuff Down)

2 Classes, 4 hours in total

Dates: Tuesdays, 7th & 14th May 2013, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost: €50 (includes yarn). Please bring a set of 2.5mm double pointed needles

or these may be purchased at The Constant Knitter.

Handknit socks may appear complex, but once you break them down to their basic

elements, they are simple and straightforward.  If you can knit and want to

demystify the techniques of ”turning a heel” and ”toe shaping” then this a great

class to start with.

In the first class, you will start with a mini sock using double pointed needles.

Then in the 2nd class, you will easily transfer the skills used in knitting the mini

sock to confidently knit your first pair of socks.

A €20 deposit is required at time of booking.

Creative Embroidery Workshop – Sat 20 April

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Creative Embroidery workshop

Creative Embroidery workshop

This 2 hour workshop, with Maria Tapper, explores the creative techniques of hand embroidery using traditional basic stitches with a contemporary approach.  No previous sewing experience required.

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

Date:      Saturday, 20 April

Time:     11.00 to 1.00 pm

Cost:       Euro 25 (includes materials)

Enrol:    Maria 087 769 0873 or



Crochet Crash Course – Sunday 14th April

Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Crochet Crash Course

Crochet Crash Course

This workshop is for beginners and refreshers.  You will learn the basic crochet stitches (chain, slip stitch, half treble crochet), working in the round and how to read a written pattern.  Hooks and yarn supplied.

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

Date:      Sunday, 14th April

Time:      2 – 5pm

Cost:       Euro 35 – all materials supplied

Contact:  Heidi 087 616 0587 or ReadySetStitch on Facebook


Felt Folk Puppets

Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Felt Folk Puppets

Felt Folk Puppets

These beautiful puppets were designed and hand made in Ireland by Jean.  Each puppet is made with pure Merino wool and the clothes are made from felt and recycled silk.  The puppets have very fine movements and are all completely individual.  They made their debut at the Wexford Opera Festival 2012!

Definition Sock Yarn – beautiful colours

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Artesano Definition Sock yarn. 75% Merino

Artesano Definition Sock yarn. 75% Merino

The new Artesano Definition Sockyarn arrived here finally yesterday after a 2-month wait!  It is beautifully spun for maximum stitch definition for all knit and crochet projects.  Really amazing colours which is no surprise from Artesano.  Ideal for kids clothes also.  It is a blend of machine washable Merino wool (for softness) and 25% polyamide for strength.  It comes in 100g hanks which are each 400m long so most sock and small projects can be made from one hank.  There is also pattern support with sock patterns and accessories.  This yarn is also ideal for children’s garments, being soft and strong.  In short, a really versatile yarn.


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.