CRAFTING

Introducing Sunday #sewingscope

I'm baaaaaaaaack!Yes, after a ridiculously long hiatus, I have picked up my beloved Patchwork Quill again. So where have I been, you ask?Well, I plunged headfirst back into the world of self employment mid-2015 with the launch of my content writing business, and early 2016 is when things really started to get busy.I had taken… Continue reading Introducing Sunday #sewingscope

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CRAFTING, Monday Makes

Monday Makes: Sock it to ’em!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Pamela Emerson, AKA The Crafty Historian. Fascinated by social history, and an experienced and talented crafter and teacher, Pamela is deeply passionate about Northern Ireland's creative industries and projects.She is involved in the fabulous Voluntary Arts / Voluntary Arts Ireland #loveto campaign, actively encouraging people to get involved… Continue reading Monday Makes: Sock it to ’em!

CRAFTING

‘Trash’ Fashion is for keeps!

If, like me, you have even a passing interest in clothes alteration, upcycling, green living and repurposing, you'll be familiar with 'trash fashion'. It's a term used by a number of projects and groups across the world to describe the practice of taking used materials, old clothes, scrap, even actual rubbish, and turning them into… Continue reading ‘Trash’ Fashion is for keeps!

CRAFTING

I’m feeling Sew Darn Crafty…

I'm really excited to share my latest crafting project with you all! I have recently started a crafting social group in Lisburn called Sew Darn Crafty. Meeting in The Atlas Women's Centre every other Tuesday evening for the time being (going weekly soon, all being well), it's a small but growing group of crafters who meet up to enjoy a coffee and a chat with like-minded folks whilst working on their latest project.
 

CRAFTING, CREATIVITY, CULTURE

Popping up at #CNL14!

I am delighted to announce that this year The Patchwork Quill will be participating in Culture Night Lisburn! Culture Night is now only one week away, and on the night the PQ is hosting a pop-up, celebrating culture, crafting and creativity, in the R-Space Gallery between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Culture My other half and super-talented… Continue reading Popping up at #CNL14!

CRAFTING

Knit addicted, I could quit any time…

I am the hand that holds The Patchwork Quill. And I ... have a knitting problem. I spent two glorious Saturdays (last Saturday and Saturday 23 August) learning to knit, courtesy of the wonderful Emma Whiteside of Top Floor Art and now I am well and truly hooked. (If it'd been crochet, that would have been… Continue reading Knit addicted, I could quit any time…

CRAFTING

Knit addicted, I could quit any time…

I am the hand that holds The Patchwork Quill. And I ... have a knitting problem.I spent two glorious Saturdays (last Saturday and Saturday 23 August) learning to knit, courtesy of the wonderful Emma Whiteside of Top Floor Art and now I am well and truly hooked. (If it'd been crochet, that would have been a wonderfully nerdy pun.)
 

Monday Makes

Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here's hoping my bosses are reading this... 😉 ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity… Continue reading Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

Monday Makes

Monday Makes: Origami with Japanese Papercraft

As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here's hoping my bosses are reading this... 😉 ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity to join in an evening of origami, led by Donegal-based paper art company Japanese Papercraft.
 

CRAFTING, Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours: CraftBomb @ Ulster Hall / Craft Month

I can't believe we're already halfway through August Craft Month - the biggest one ever in fact, with Craft NI curating over 150 events celebrating Northern Ireland craftmanship. I attended the launch of CraftBomb in the Ulster Hall last Tuesday, an exhibition showcasing the best of the handmade decorations that adorned the streets of Northern Ireland during Voluntary… Continue reading Visiting Hours: CraftBomb @ Ulster Hall / Craft Month