January & February 2014 – SnB Meet up dates

Sunday 12th January  –  Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick   2pm – 5pm

Sunday 19th January  –  Hunt Cafe, Hunt Museum, Patricks Street, Limerick  2pm – 5pm

Sunday 26th January –  Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick   2pm – 5pm

Sunday 2nd February –  Hunt Cafe, Hunt Museum, Patricks Street, Limerick  2pm – 5pm

Sunday 9th February –  Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick   2pm – 5pm

Sunday 16th February – Hunt Cafe, Hunt Museum, Patricks Street, Limerick  2pm – 5pm

Sunday 23rd February –  Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick   2pm – 5pm




Well hello 2014!

We at Limerick SnB hope that you have had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

If you are one of the stalwart employees who works over the holiday season in order to facilitate other peoples enjoyment of it, we salute you and hope that January brings you some well deserved rest.

We will be meeting up again on January 5th. No surprises for guessing that January 5th is a Sunday! 🙂

The Hunt Museum will be our venue. You will find us downstairs in the Cafe. Our meet up will coincide with the Museum’s Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) celebration.

Here is a link to the Hunt Museum Facebook page and to their Nollaig na mBan Facebook event page.

Image copied from the Hunt Musuem Facebook page

Image copied from the Hunt Musuem Facebook page

Their Nollaig na mBan celebration is described as

a miscellany of story, music, readings, poetry, song and dance in celebration of women and the tradition of Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas).
All the Christmas festivities will be followed by refreshments.

A €5 contribution is asked for by The Hunt Museum.

Our group will meet at our usual time of 2pm so that we will have a chance to catch up with each other and meet new people before the Nollaig na mBan event starts.

See you Sunday!


*Please note that our group is, and always has been, open to all genders, ages, and abilities. We’re happy to see new faces and to meet people new to crafting.

Guest Blogger – Mary McDonnell

On Saturday 1st June, I was privileged to have held a cross-stitch demonstration at the two Hickey’s stores in Limerick City.
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This was the first time I had demonstrated cross-stitch, so to begin with, I was a little unsure of what to expect. However, as soon as I arrived in the door of Hickey’s on Cruises Street, I was met with a warm welcome from Alison, the manager there, and I was immediately put at ease.
Upstairs, surrounded by all the lovely fabrics, threads and wools, a lovely little table had been set up for me, with plenty of space for the demonstration, as well as a little display of Hickey’s cross-stitch kits. I added to the display a couple of my own cross-stitch pieces. One of them is a picture of a cat in a bath, which I have recently completed at the Limerick SnB. I find the SnB meetups wonderful for making time and space in my life for the crafts I love.
Back at the demo, with everything set up, it was just a case of waiting, and hoping that some of the customers would take a moment to investigate! Hickey’s had kindly provided aida and thread, so that those attending the demo could have a go at the basic stitches. I had also brought along with me a very simple cross-stitch pattern of a rubber-ducky, for people who wanted to try out their newly learned stiches.
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And sure enough, little by little, people came over to the demo table. Some were happy to watch me working on one of Hickey’s cross-stitch kits ( a lovely monster!), while others were eager to get some hands-on experience. It was wonderful to be able to take the time to go through the basics with people on a one to one basis, or in small groups. A common thing seemed to be that people had cross-stitch kits at home, which they had been given as presents, but they had never completed them, as they were unsure how to do the stitches. Hopefully I set them on the right road!
A funny thing was that it turned out that the mistakes I had made in the stitching of my picture of the cat in the bath, came in useful as a way of illustrating my point about why it looks better to do all your stitches in the same direction! Some very kind people told me that since my untidy, mixed-direction stitches were centred on the cat’s towel,  it gave the towel the appearance of texture! So perhaps it was a happy accident!
The time really flew, and before I knew it, it was nearly 1pm! It was time then to grab a quick lunch before heading on to demo number two. This second demo took place at Homefocus at Hickey’s, at the Parkway Retail Park.
I was given a very warm welcome by staff member, Wendy.
The lovely thing about this demo was that a few people sat down and worked on the little duck design. It was wonderful to watch their delight as they saw the picture appearing before them as they stitched! Lou from the SnB was one of the participants who stitched the picture, and I have to say, she took to it like a duck to water! 🙂
So, all in all, I had a fantastic time at both of the demos. I really enjoyed the whole experience. I hope that a few people went away inspired to try this new craft, or feeling a bit more confident about tackling that kit gathering dust at home! In any case, I hope everyone that attended the demo had an enjoyable time.
A big thanks to the staff of both of the Hickey’s stores for their enthusiasm, attentiveness, and helpfulness. And a huge thank you to Lou from the SnB for all her hard work organising the demos, and for her support on the day.
I think there are more craft demos coming up, given by other members of the SnB, so watch this space!
The above post was meant to be shared much sooner than this.  Apologies for the delay!  Many thanks to Mary for guest blogging for us.

18th August Meet up

We’re trying out a new venue for our meet ups.

We will be meeting up in the Limerick Milk Market tomorrow at Bon Appetit .

Galettes shall be eaten, tea and coffee shall be enjoyed and our special guest shall be chatted with.

Our special guest is Mairead Sharry, the extremely talented spinner from the Aran Islands who has promised to come visit us.

You can check out some of her work at www.maireadsharry.blogspot.ie

Even if you don’t spin, it will be well worth the visit to see all our spinners in action.

Mairead is bringing alpaca fleecel for our spinners. You can have the chance to touch alpaca fleece and maybe see some of it being spun.

The Limerick Milk Market is an all weather venue so a bit of rain won’t spoil our meet up.

On a bit of a side note, one of our local yarn stores has been brave and created a business page for themselves on Facebook.

Triona in the Singer Sewing & Wool Centre is only lovely and it would be great to see her page likes hiked. There isn’t a lot of content on the page at the moment as it’s relatively new but that’s bound to change as time goes on. Thank you!

See you tomorrow at the Limerick Milk Market for a bit of a stitch and a bit of a bitch.

Cross Stitch Demo in Hickey’s Limerick

Mary O’Donnell did Limerick Stitch’n’Bitch proud on Saturday during our inaugural craft demo.

Mary worked up a sample cross stitch kit in advance of the day. She also brought along her own recently completed work.

Isn’t it cute? 🙂

The demo in Hickey’s Crusises street store ran from 10am until 12pm. This was followed by a second cross stitch demo in Hickey’s Parkway store.

Mary said that she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

The people who stopped at her table were treated to a display of cross stitch kits of different types and levels of difficulty.

Thanks to Mary’s advance preparation people were also able to take a piece of aida, embroidery thread and needle and create their very own cross stitch duck.

Our next demo is due to be on Saturday, 6th July. We’ll follow the same timetable with a demo in the Cruises street store in the morning followed by a demo in the Parkway store in the afternoon.

We got a mention in the paper!

The only itsy bitsy mistake in it is they say we meet every Sunday, but as you know, we meet every 2nd Sunday.

The next craft area to be focused on will be knitting. We’ll have more on that a bit closer to the time

Thanks to Mary promoting our group, we had another cross stitcher join our group on Sunday.

Liz brought in her current work-in-progress.

Sweet, isn’t it?

It’s lovely to see craft diversity in the group.

Our other new member Kay brought in this lovely fellow to show us. Isn’t he darling?

His bed turns into a bag.

Mary, who joined us a month ago, has started to knit and she’s doing very well indeed.

It was lovely to have Edell’s spinning wheel whirling in the corner. It piqued some of the patron’s interest.

We were joined by a lovely little girl who tried her hand at spinning and also showed interest in everyone’s works-in-progress. She was a charming addition to our group. We let her dad know that we meet in Zest every 2nd Sunday and would be delighted to show his daughter how to craft. We would also be delighted to share our skillsets with him too.

I think we’re all caught up now.

Killaloe World Wide Knit in Public Day is on Saturday, 15th June. It’s going to be in the vicinity of the library.

Happy crafting folks!

An interesting proposal

Hickey’s on Cruises Street have approached us to see if our members would like to give demonstrations in a variety of different craft areas.

It would be one Saturday a month, though they are willing to be flexible to accommodate the craft demonstrator.

Lou will give a knitting demonstration and is taking them up on giving a course on knitting basics.

Edell has expressed interest in sharing her skills.

Hickey’s are also looking for a crafter who can demonstrate cross stitch and another who can demonstrate patchwork and another who can demo the use of embellishments.

Do we have any takers?

Hickey’s are looking to have an hour long demonstration in whichever craft is being shown.

They will provide a table and can also provide a sewing machine and other such resources.

Their ideal would be to have two demos during the day.

They are willing to negotiate remuneration for the crafters time.

Please send an email to limericksnb AT gmail DOT com if you would be interested in giving it a go or would like further information.

Our next meet up will be on May 5th from 2pm to 5pm in Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick.

See you then! 🙂






We have been thinking…..

and pondering and sharing ideas.

Our last meet up was on Sunday 7th. It was full of natter and admiration of each others works-in-progress.

One idea, put forward by our lovely crosstitcher Mary,  is that our group attend the Cappamore Show and possibly enter some of our pieces in the Craft section of the show.

Regardless of whether we enter anything, we think that it would be lovely to make a day trip to it.

The Cappamore Show will be on Saturday, 17th August. That gives us plenty of time to organise ourselves.

Please get in contact with us via our email, limericksnb AT gmail DOT com, if you would be interested in coming with us.


Our next idea involves a residential craft weekend.

We’ve been chatting about it on our Facebook page.

The idea is that we would block book a B&B and pool our resources.

Some people want to learn how to make socks.

We have a crafter for that!

Some people want to learn how to crochet.

We have crafters for that!

The lovely Edell has offered to teach us about socks and is willing to show us some drop spindling.

Lou can get people started with crochet.

Theresa has offered to demonstrate chicken scratch embroidery.

We even have a fan of our Facebook page willing to travel from Germany to take part!

So, questions that remain to be answered :

  • Should we have the residential weekend in a Limerick City B&B?
  • Should we head elsewhere?
  • When should we arrange the residential weekend for?

Answers via email to limericksnb AT gmail DOT com 🙂

Our next meet up is on Sunday, April 20th from approximately 2pm to 5pm.