Monthly Archives: January 2014

Arlene Shawcross Workshop on 1st-2nd of February 2014

“I work mostly using the technique of free-machine embroidery often stitching onto a soluble background which is later dissolved away to create a lace – like effect, or I combine my stitching with my own hand-dyed silks and velvets. I create individual wall pieces, garments and accessories. I teach workshops in fremachine embroidery and related textile techniques and enjoy working to commission.”

Arlene Shawcross

– Completed teacher training in Bath, U.K. in 1973 with main subjects in Education, Music and Design.
– Licentiateship of Trinity College of Music in Piano Teaching 1987
– City and Guilds qualifications in Creative Embroidery, 1991 and 1993 at Fareham College
– Diploma in Stitched Textiles with distinction from East Berkshire College Windsor in 1999 – Moved to Ireland in 2008 Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen in U.K.,the Textile Society, Cork Textiles Network and Irish Patchwork Society

Arlene has exhibited widely in Ireland and the U.K. Mairin O’Brien Flegg Memorial Award for contemporary embroidery from the RDS 2011 and she is a member of Cork Textile Network.

Here is the result of the weekend workshop
bronwen m_1a cecilia n claire m elaine d fiona b_1 fiona b_2
ita_2 katrina_1
maree m mary g_1
thelma d_1





Dyeing to Print-Schoolhouse for Art

FeltingFelt Slippers – 1 day workshop (Sun. 23rd & Tues. 25th Feb.) Joanna Kidney €65

FeltingNuno Felting Scarf/Neck Cowel – Half day workshop (Sun. 23rd & Tues. 25th Mar.) Joanna Kidney €40

FeltingExploration in Felt – 5 weeks (Wednesday Eve.) OR 4 weeks (Thursday Morn.) Joanna Kidney €120

Hat MakingIntroduction to Sinamay Fascinators – 1 day workshop (Sunday 16th February) Jean Condron €130

BookbindingFundamentals & personal project  realisation – 4 weeks (Wed. Afternoons) Laurie le Grand €120

PrintingDrypoint, Monotype & Blind Printing – 1 day workshop (Saturday 22nd Mar.) Hanneke Van Ryswyk. €70

Textiles: Dyeing to print – An introduction to colouring and printing textiles. – 4 weeks (Monday Mornings) Anne Jeffares. €120

Silkscreen Printing (to be confirmed).

Stain glass Painting (to be confirmed).

Ceramics (to be confirmed).


Place: Schoolhouse for Art

The Square
Enniskerry Village
Co. Wicklow
Contact : Neil Condron
Ph: 01 2869594


How to start stitching your way into 2014

On Saturday 4th of January in St Theresa’s Hall Mount Merrion,

To begin with we all went go through all your unused bits of textiles that members brought,  and bought someone else’s unwanted stuff ( I mean treasure!!!!).  The money raised  from this sale is going to support the Bray Women’s Refuge again.

Call out to members:  The Bray Women’s Refuge would like representative members to pay them a visit.

Any volunteers?

We had as usual a challenging quiz.  The amazing Silly Stitchers won by 18  points, followed closely by the Sorbellos, and the Happy Yarners. The other names are worth remembering: The Hot Chicks, the Willow Woolies, and The Couchers. Looking forward to the group names next year!!

On the 1st & 2nd of February we are having a talk and workshop by Arlene Shawcross.

And there is more in store……

Liz Nielson,  Caroline More, advice on how to display work….

We hope to see you there.  And if you are not a member, why not visit us?  We look forward to seeing you……….


Vernacular – Exhibition



26 OCTOBER 2013 – 15 JANUARY 2014



2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of ‘Kilkenny Design Workshops’ (KDW), established by the Irish state in response to an influential design audit led by Kaj Franck. Over its 25-year life, KDW brought international designers and makers together to work with Irish craft and industry, joining craft and design in the development of a new idiom. Figures such as John Jenkins, Richard Eckersly and Holger Strom operated from this rural periphery, and iconic products such as Strom’s IQ light were born in Ireland.

In tribute to such a key anniversary for Irish design, ‘Vernacular’ will present work from Ireland in which indigenous materials and processes combine in intelligent collaboration with design, to express an intrinsic and authentic element of Irish material culture. The exhibition will feature work by approximately 20 makers across furniture, wood, glass, ceramics, textile, basketry and stone, characterised by a deep engagement with the making process, and an authenticity that is materially embedded. The exhibition will launch at the London Design Festival in September 2013 as part of Tent London.

Visit the web page here for more information on the designers and makers in Vernacular.

Vernacular was produced by the National Craft Gallery and the Crafts Council of Ireland to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Kilkenny Design Workshops, which forms part of the Gathering Kilkenny 2013 Programme sponsored by IPB. The exhibition was devised and curated by Ann Mulrooney with exhibition design by Steven McNamara.


Christmas Closure dates at NCG this year:

The gallery will be closed to the public on Christmas Day, Stephens Day and New Years Day. Open as usual outside these dates.

FAMILY DAY: WeaveSat 11th Jan 10.30am &12noon

Create your own piece of woven fabric inspired by the Zwartbles Blanket in our Vernacular exhibition, from Cushendale Woollen Mills. Looking and responding to the contemporary design in the exhibition will inspire children to explore pattern and texture in this introductory weaving workshop.  Participants will design and create a small piece of woven cloth. Suitable for 5 to 12 years old, parents are welcome to stay and join in. To book email:


For information call 056 7777012 or

Upcoming Exhibition- Culturecraft



21 JANUARY 2014 – 19 MARCH 2014

view gallery



Curated by Seliena Coyle.

CultureCraft showcases the work of 37 makers who have responded to the curator’s request for them to create an object which reflects their understanding of culture; and of how material objects can carry a community’s shared history and reflect a cultural perspective.

The exhibition includes work in a wide range of craft disciplines from both emerging young makers and those who are at the forefront of their field, embodying a wide variety of cultural identities and backgrounds.

The exhibition is supported by a specially produced catalogue, featuring essays from a number of leading academics – including Dr Audrey Whitty, Dr Jessica Hemmings, Dr Joseph McBrinn and Professor Declan McGonagle – which aim to contextualise the exhibition and convey the cultural importance of craft.

Here is a taste of Tara Ní Nualláin’s work that is currently on show at CultureCraft