Place Category: Arts & Culture and FabricsPlace Tags: hand dyed and natural fleece for felting and hand spinning, hand knitted and crocheted wool and alpaca products, Hand spun traditional and art yarn, hand woven products, Irish Fibre Crafters, naturally dyed yarns and carded fleece and needle and wet felted products
Irish Fibre Crafters is located in the village square of Ardrahan, county Galway, near the Wild Atlantic Way. Do come visit! You can watch us spin and weave, ask us questions, have a cup of coffee, enroll in a class or workshop for adults, or a ‘camp’ for children, browse beautiful creations from our fibre artists, and purchase Irish wool yarn and fibre crafts. We will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.
All ages should be encouraged to learn about traditional Irish fibre crafts, we feel, and our members demonstrate and teach at schools, public spaces, and culture & heritage events. Additionally, we will be working closely with the Heritage Council and Project BAABAA in 2019-2020.
Community is important to us, and we put emphasis on engaging local tradespeople and businesses and supporting community projects. In one project, Irish Fibre Crafters will be working with the Men’s Shed in Gort to develop and make drop spindles, mini looms and other textile equipment that we will use with our classes, events and children’s camps.
Irish farming is an integral part of life in Ireland, and of course without sheep farming we would be left without a mainstay of sustainable fibre craft. We are passionate about sourcing wool from Irish farms, paying farmers a good price for this versatile natural product, and we are dedicated to raising the positive profile of Irish sheep and alpaca fleece. Part of our long range plan is to participate in the formation of an Irish Wool Board with farmers and other interested parties.
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