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Olla Nua Tapestry Weaving Workshop

I'm teaching a tapestry weaving workshop in the art space at the lovely Haptik cafe, Newtownards, to celebrate August Craft Month. I'll have tapestry frames prepared and ready for weaving, and will be showing how to create texture with special knotting and wrapping techniques as well as the principles of plain weave, so that you can create your own mini wall hanging to take home.

I weave most of my collection for Olla Nua on my large, quite complicated Swedish floor loom, which is ideal for weaving long and wide lengths of cloth. But I recently returned to tapestry weaving on the simplest of looms (all you need is a wooden frame) as a way of using up the myriad of yarns that I've collected up throughout my life. If you're something of a yarn addict like me, then tapestry weaving is the craft for you! It's also a relaxing craft that can easily be taken up at home. During this introductory workshop, we'll focus on textural weaving techniques but also think about the use of colour and composition.

All materials will be provided for the workshop, including access to my vast and varied yarn stash! And of course, you are welcome to bring any favourite yarns from your own stash. The workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 16 and over. Please book early as numbers are limited!

Booking: The workshop costs £25, to book please email me at or telephone 07779480736
Date: Saturday 06 August 2016
Time: 10:30am - 4pm
Venue: Art Space @ Haptik cafe, 29 Frances Street, Newtownards BT23 7DW. Please note that unfortunately this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

There are lots of events taking place all over Northern Ireland for Craft Month so be sure to take a peek at the full programme available on the Craft NI website.


Olla Nua at Castle Ward

Ely cushion. Image courtesy of Craft NI, Photography by Simon Mills, 2015

Ely cushion. Image courtesy of Craft NI, Photography by Simon Mills, 2015

Over the last few months I've been busy finalising woven designs and product prototypes. So I'm very excited to be showing our first collection at Crafted 2015, the annual Winter craft fair at Castle Ward, County Down, on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November. The event is organised by the Craft and Design Collective in partnership with the National Trust. You can find more information here.

There'll be food stalls as well as local craft and lots of activities for children, so make sure to call by if you're near the area!

Our collection is also on display at Space CRAFT shop and gallery, Belfast, on the run up to Christmas, where I'll be taking orders for the new year. Space CRAFT is something of a hidden gem in the's just up the escalators beside the famous Sawyers deli.