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Kiri Cottage 1800s Crafts Flax Wheel

This afternoon’s workshop offered an insight into traditional craft industries that provided an income for women on the Ards Peninsula in the 1800s.

My lovely participants had a go at Tambour embroidery, learned how straw was plaited to make straw hats, and hand sewed some milliner’s plaited straw.

We also had a flax spinning demonstration, including how to dress a flax distaff, with an interval for tea and homemade scones and cake.

Great craic, and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon!

I’m very happy to run this workshop on demand, just get in touch if you are interested!