PUSH was delighted to attend the Woollinn in June, Woollinn is a 2 day festival of yarn and craft based workshops. With just over 60 vendors there on the day selling their unique artisan yarns, tools and accessories, it was a really impressive display of some of the very talented makers from Ireland and abroad.
Held in Co Meath on June 14th and 15th, Woollinn is a celebration of craft, in the organisers own words “The magnificent tutors are here to share their skills, and our marketplace vendors have mountains of beautiful products on display to tempt you. Our lecture hall will feature fun and informative talks.”
Woollinn was set up by the family behind the yarn shop “This is knit” which is based in Dublin. This is knit has been in business since 2006 and has for years had customers and friends telling them there should be a festival of yarn in Ireland, thankfully they listened and created Woollinn.
As well as Woollinn being a place for makers to sell their wares it is also a place for community, learning and sharing new skills. The Irish Guild of Weavers, spinners & dyers were there on the day to give displays of how to spin wool by hand on a drop spindle and with a spinning wheel, which is becoming more and more popular again. Guilds like this are so important to keeping these crafts alive and to share their knowledge around the community at places like Woollinn.
Hobbies like knitting and crafting have come a long way in recent years and with more and more people picking it up, it’s great to see pop-up events like Woollinn happening in Ireland.
We can’t wait to visit next year. Thank you Woollinn!