Extra traditional crafts workshops on offer at The Playhouse!

Posted on: 1st September 2010

The Playhouse is now offering even more chances for people to take part in some of the unique traditional crafts workshops they have on offer!

Due to extra demand, more free workshops in traditional crafts associated with fishing and more workshops in utility quilting will take place in The Playhouse this month.

The hugely successful workshops have been running throughout the summer and now an extra workshop on utility quilting will take place on Tuesday August 17 from 3pm-5pm and an extra workshop on fly-tying will take place on Saturday August 21 from 3pm-5pm.

Funded by Derry City Council's ‘All The Walls A Stage' Project, the one-off workshops give participants a chance to see demonstrations, as well as make their own to unique craft pieces.

Local artist and fly-tying expert Joe Connolly will be holding a demonstration of the making of trout and salmon flies and the making of a net. And facilitators Maeve Gallagher and Eilish O' Kane, who run regular quilting and patchwork classes in The Playhouse, will explore the history of utility quilting, show samples of work and show how it can be utilised today.

"It has been fantastic. All the ladies who took part in the classes all had individual skills of their own." Maeve Gallagher said.

"One lady had made a miniature four poster bed, another lady hand-made a quilt design called 'Cathedral Windows', another was interested in Japanese quilting techniques, and another was a specialist in hand quilting! These skills are so precious and everyone was very generous with their knowledge and shared with everyone in the class. We hope to get together again be more creative in the future, even when the classes are ended.

"The Playhouse offers such excellent facilities and workspace too. There will also be quilting classes on Mondays and one day workshops on Saturdays in The Playhouse starting in September so if anyone is interested they are more than welcome to contact The Playhouse."

Pauline Ross, artistic director at The Playhouse said: "The workshops really have been a great success, not only as a learning experience but also as a way of having fun."

"There is a lot of interest in the more traditional crafts, and people rarely get the chance to both learn from experts in the field but also to work intimately with materials and create something of their own. It seemed such a shame to end the classes when there was so much demand so we were more than happy to give people that extra chance to come along and have a go!" she said.

For more information about the workshops contact The Playhouse on (028)71 268027.

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