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Spring and Summer Yarns

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When it comes to knitted and crocheted garments we tend to think of cosy jumpers and big chunky scarves, but with winter over it's time to change up your patterns for the warmer weather! Here are just a few ideas for your spring/summer yarn projects.

Working with cotton yarn is the perfect way to adjust your knitting and crochet projects for spring and summer. Rico Creative Cotton Aran is a 100% cotton yarn, making it wonderfully breathable and also perfect for anyone with sensitive skin who usually couldn't wear wool garments. There is a fabulous range of shades and the slightly thicker aran weight of this yarn makes it that bit faster to work with. Why not get started on a lovely lightweight shawl or cardigan for summer evenings?     


Of course you can make so much more than just clothes when knitting or crocheting. T-shirt yarns have become so popular recently, especially for crochet projects. Their chunky weight allows you to see your progress much faster than standard yarns and they are strong enough to make shopping bags or even bath mats!


Amigurumi is another hugely popular yarn craft with hundreds of different patterns and ideas available on websites such as Pinterest and Ravelry. It originated in Japan and is the art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed animals or dolls. These would make lovely soft toys for babies and children using a cotton or bamboo yarn. Check our our Pinterest page for project ideas and free patterns:

If you keep up with our Facebook page you may have seen information on the Octopus for Preemie action. It is a group of volunteers who use premium cotton to crochet octopus toys for premature babies. Anyone can take part in donating octopus toys to this group so if you are looking for a charitable use for your crochet skills then this is a great project to get started with.

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Gingham Trend

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Gingham fabric has been a huge fashion trend this year, featuring in multiple collections during London fashion week and adorning mannequins in most high street shops.                                      Gingham prints are being used on everything from blouses and skirts to dresses [...]

How to Make a Fascinator Part 3

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This week I finished my fasinator. I included some of our patterned clearance sinamay to give it some extra colour and detail. I think it really adds to the fasinator. I molded this patterned sinamay around the original shape of my fascinator. Again I had to wet and iron the sinamay in order to get the shape I wanted. [...]

How to Make a Fascinator Part 2

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In our next millinery class we moved on to sculpting the main part of our fascinators. I had initially planned to make a sinamay flower to decorate my hat but ended up changing my design during this class. So to make the next part of my fascinator I began by cutting a square out of my [...]

How to Make a Fascinator

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Recently I was looking for a beginners millinery course in the city. I looked up a few options online and after talking to a few people and doing a some research I decided to go with a 6 week course in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa college of further education. I will be writing blog posts for the next 6 weeks about what [...]


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During last Saturday's demonstration Janine was showing everyone different scrapbooking techniques using the Scrapbook Compendium kit. This kit is printed with beautiful butterfly designs and contains all kinds of trimmings, stickers, toppers and embellishments to decorate your scrapbook with.Each Scrapbook Compendium kit contains: 12 x 12" Scrapbook Album with Aperture Window (which holds up to 24 [...]

New Clearance Cotton Prints

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We have added new prints to our clearance cottons section on our fabric floor! These cottons are great value at just €5 per metre and there are so many different ways you can use them!These would be a nice alternative to calico for someone who is learning how to use their sewing machine as they won't break [...]

Santoro Cardmaking Kits

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We are offering 10% off all of our Santoro products on our online shop this week. Santoro are a London based design company that have been running for over 30 years. They make a number of beautifully patterned products including fabrics, arts and crafts supplies, stationary and more. Since they began their design work in [...]

Mermaid Tail Blanket

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Mermaid Tail blankets have become hugely popular recently. We have had so many of our customers looking for patterns to make these blankets for themselves and we finally have this mermaid tail crochet pattern in store! It is a chunky wool pattern making it much faster to crochet and comes with instructions for 4 different sizes so [...]

DIY Christmas Crafts

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It is so easy to add that personal touch to your Christmas decorations, especially with all of the Christmas craft supplies we have in stock!You can find these decorative fake holly branches on our craft floor along with the gold and silver winter berries and mini present boxes. These are ideal for making your own [...]

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