Roscommon Lamb Festival May 02 - 07 May 2018

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Farmers' Market and Craft Demonstrations/Workshops

Fri, Sat and Sun, 4, 5 and 6 May at various times, Lamb Festival Marquee, The Square

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Debbie Zawinski, aka The Feral Spinner, has been a walker and a knitter for as long as she can remember and became a spinner of fleece and yarns about a quarter of a century ago, running her local spinning and weaving group - Haddington Spinners and Weavers - for seventeen years. In recent years she has been developing ways of combining all her passions. Sock knitting is her preference for journeying; it is compact, can be smuggled onto aircraft and accompanies her wherever she goes. As an experienced walker and wild camper she uses her time outdoors to gather fleece and dyestuffs and spin her findings as she walks, creating socks that tell the stories of their travels.

In 2015 she published 'In the Footsteps of Sheep' a book that tells the tales of her journey around Scotland discovering, spinning and knitting the native sheep breeds into a range of unique Scottish socks. She is currently busy passing on her knowledge of travelling stick spinning, knitting and dyeing techniques to those who share her wanderlust and passion for wool. See her facebook page

Debbie Zawinski will conduct the following demonstrations and workshops;

Knit Along - Fri 11.00 - 12.00

Sock surgery / Knit-along - Fri 14.00 - 16.00 For anyone having a problem with their sock knitting and a general Knit Session

Stick Spinning Workshop - Sat 10.00-13.00 Everyone would learn the art of spinning on a stick (in this case a weaving 'pirn'), learn how to wind a centre-pull ball on a nastepinne, ply on a stick and wind the resulting yarn into a small skein using a niddy noddy.

Demonstration / Workshop Sun 11.00 - 13.00 Spinning demonstration and perhaps a short talk about "In the Footsteps of Sheep".

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Cathy Fulton will conduct the following demonstrations and workshops; See her webpage

Lace Knitting Demonstration and workshop - Fri 12:00 - 12:45

Lace Knitting Demonstration and workshop - Fri 15:00 - 15:45

Beautiful holes - Advanced Lace Knitting workshop - Sat 13:00 - 16:00

Lace Knitting Demonstration and workshop - Sun 11:00 - 11:45

Lace Knitting Demonstration and workshop - Sun 12:30 - 13:15

Other Craft Demonstrations include:

Joe Gowran Hurdle maker, Charcoal maker,

Patricia O Flaherty, Rushwork, Basket Maker,

Mark Wilson Metalwork, Pottery,

Mark studied Blacksmithing at secondary school during the 1970's and fortunately ended up in Art College rather than Agricultural Engineering (his hobbies still include farming, foraging and fishing). Studied at Manchester Polytechnic in the mid-1980's, Wood, Metal, Ceramics and spent 10 years working in Manchester as a Community Artist.

Mark moved to Ireland in the early 1990's and continued teaching on Community-based projects. He spent many years working in Coppice and Woodland based crafts, until returning to Blacksmith and Copper work.

He lives in Mountshannon, Co Clare, and continues to work and teach crafts in schools and the community. To visit the Old Forge in Mountshannon, please contact Mark on 061-927456 / 085- 7490890. or check out Youtube.

Niall Millar Cleft Ash, Pole lathe turning,

Patrick Straghan. Blacksmith,

Nancy Devlin Woolcraft, Spinning, weaving,

Bridget Banham, Wool Spinning,

Tom Cunney, Working scale models, thrashing machine, etc.