Equipment Rental Scheme Now Live!

What a great initiative 🙂

The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers

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The Guild has some great news! We have been busy bees in the background, and now we are delighted to announce the new Equipment Rental Scheme. You can rent a spinning wheel, a loom, or a drum carder, with all of the accessories needed for each item. This is the perfect way to try out the crafts of weaving or spinning without committing to a big buy. Read all about it here!

The Guild would like to thank committee member Cathy for her hard work on this project. Email rental@weavespindye.ie with any queries.

Happy Weaving/ Spinning!

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Women’s Bodies, CrossFit & Advertising

Am still on a bit of an anger rush regarding the treatment of women within the Irish culture. This is a really simple essay. I love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!

Just Alyssa

4 rules to avoid sexist ads These 4 rules should work for ANY ad campaign in which you want to use a woman’s body.

Let’s get something straight, something that I think we can agree on: BODIES ARE AWESOME. I’m not gonna pretend that one of the best parts of my job isn’t watching strong bodies do amazing things all day, all glisteny with sweat and making sounds that, I mean, really, sound kinda naughty-fun if you close your eyes. Also not gonna lie and pretend that I don’t love looking at pictures of women’s bodies, generally speaking. Yum. I don’t know whether it’s aspiration, inspiration or just admiration, but yes, a strong woman doing hard things (no, not that kind) definitely gets me to pay attention.

So I am not even going to come close to saying that it isn’t okay to showcase strong women when you are trying to sell products to CrossFitters. In…

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A Letter to Amazon

A post close to my heart. Loved it!

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librarianDear Mr. Bezos,

I was very excited to receive your Email request this morning, asking for my help in your battle against Hachette. Not since Carrie White got invited to the prom has a girl been more pleasantly shocked to be included. And you’re right; those big publisher types are just fuckers. I was a mid-list romance author for Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster all through the 2000s, and let me tell you—

Oh, right, sorry, you want to talk about your thing. No, yeah, of course; it’s totally fine. So anyway, okay, Hachette and its other big nasty “media conglomerate” friends have been being all hateful to you at Amazon about your e-books. I heard about the whole collusion thing – those bastards! You and the Supreme Court are so right; I don’t blame you one bit for being upset. I mean, I know in my heart that if you…

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Beach vs Yarn

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I love taking the kids to the beach. Mine are small enough that reading isn’t an option for the supervising adult, so I like to bring my work in progress or WIP . My hands stay busy, but I can watch little missy moo at the water’s edge.  So the above photo is my new handy go to pack for crochet at the beach! I just need a flotation device so I can crochet and swim. (I am joking here. I do have some boundaries)  This particular project is a mint green striped with forest green kids pixie hat due to show up on etsy in about two weeks.

Next Friday, I’ll be starting the fb giveaway on the Eve & Apple page for a handmade crochet fuchsia brooch. So keep checking in…..

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Shibori in Kerry

Felting workshop a bit closer to home …..Such a beautiful technique!

FELTMAKERS IRELAND

Felt making workshop in Dingle, Co. Kerry

Shibori Workshop – Ancient techniques, Contemporary designs in Felt making

We will experiment with a range of ‘shibori’ techniques that can be applied to felt to create striking three-dimensional effects in your felted fabric. The main focus is on experimentation and discovery.

Inspired by beauty in simple form, Nessa’s style brings together her love and fascination of the natural world and felt making in sculptural form.

Nessa has been exploring and teaching shibori and nuno felting techniques in her more recent works and is particularly interested in the contemporary approach of binding metal pieces with delicate fibres such as silk and lace with wool.

This workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced felt-makers of all levels

One day workshop on Friday August 22nd , 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, in Dingle, Co. Kerry, cost €75

Contact Nessa McCormack at nessamccormack@gmail.com, 086 6022511, 

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Hand Spinning

 

 

IMAG0164designs by amber 1  I was lucky enough to win some wonderful vegan batts from the talented Designs by Amber. Please take a moment to call over to her website http://www.designsbyamber.bigcartel.com/.

I had not handspun since I was 15 so many many years ago. It was weird to try again, and yet as the fibers came together in silky flowing colours, my hands remembered. I forgot to think and the yarn just became. I am a worrier. All my kids know this. My husband knows this, but after spinning I felt calmer than I have all summer. Ok yes, it is a awkward summer, with many unknowns and financial challenges. But I felt at peace, and I also felt connected to my crochet work in a new way. Now that I have re-found this skill, I’m excited to create new more colourful and weird pixie hats. The yarn above is going into a special hat for my little sister’s new son .

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Thank you Designs by Amber!