Hello June

How in the world is it June already? My word.

Hello. I hope you’re all fine and dandy. 🙂


First off, here is the meet up schedule for our group for the month of June.

Sunday 8th – The Hunt Cafe, Rutland Street, Limerick  from 2pm – 5pm

Sunday 15th – Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick from 2pm – 5pm

Sunday 22nd – The Hunt Cafe, Rutland Street, Limerick  from 2pm – 5pm

Sunday 29th – Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square, Limerick from 2pm – 5pm


Secondly, another Hickey’s craft demonstration is planned for tomorrow, Saturday 7th June from 2pm to 4pm.

The venue is upstairs in the Cruises Street Hickeys.

The staff will set up a table with signs so you can’t miss it. Once you climb the stairs the table will be on your right hand side, nestled between bolts of fabric and shelves of crafty accessories.

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The items, with free tutorial sheets, that will be looked at tomorrow include a roll up picnic blanket made with oilcloth and furnishing cotton, a floor cushion and a peg bag.

The demo will be run by me (Lou here! Hello *waves* )

See you tomorrow.



Hickey’s Craft Demonstration

Are you going to be in Limerick city today (Saturday, 17th May)?

Will you have some free time between 2pm to 4pm?

Do you fancy doing something for free?

If you do, then you might want to pop along to Hickey’s on Cruises Street to join a demonstration of quilting techniques.

You’ll see the above notions and fabric strips turned into:

  • A quilted coaster
  • An oilcloth placemat
  • A cafetiere cosy

The demonstration is being given by one of our members, Lou, in association with Hickeys.

The demo tutorial sheets are free and there’s no pressure to buy anything (but good luck resisting the temptation!).

Have a lovely Saturday whatever you get up to.

Happy crafting! 🙂

Tipperary Knit and Natter Group

Mary McDonnell is our lovely cross stitcher. She has let us know about a new group that she is running. Another group of like minded crafters to meet up with. Lovely! 🙂

Here's Mary cross stitching in Hickey's, Cruises Street, Limerick during their June cross stitching demo

Here’s Mary cross stitching in Hickey’s, Cruises Street, Limerick during their June cross stitching demo

Mary writes:

The Tipperary Knit & Natter group is a new weekly crafts gathering, taking place in Tipperary Town. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at Dalton House on Emmet Street. Its an informal gathering- we sit around, with a pot of tea and some nice biscuits, and we each work away on our own projects, such as knitted jumpers, crocheted dog jumpers etc! Some of us are learning how to crochet too, with helpful tips from those who are more experienced. We chat away and the night flies by!

New members are always welcome. Although we meet at 7pm, you can feel free to call in any time up to about 9pm when we usually pack up our needles and wool, and head away home.

You can join us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/tippknitters

Our 2nd Meet up of 2014

Five of us met up in the Hunt Museum Cafe.

Mary's colourful cross stitch threads

Mary’s colourful cross stitch threads


Mary cross stitching away

Mary cross stitching away


Edell has another Puerperium cardigan on the go. She's using FAB DK yarn

Edell has another Puerperium cardigan on the go. She’s using FAB DK yarn



Lou finally sewed buttons onto two completed Puerperium cardigans.

Lou finally sewed buttons onto two completed Puerperium cardigans.

Next week, Sunday 26th January, we will be in Zest Cafe, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square from 2pm until 5pm.

Now, we may not be there at 2pm sharp. If you don’t see us, just get yourself a lovely cuppa, settle yourself in a chair and you’ll see our lot drift in and proceed to take out our crafty notions. Just be patient with us, okay? Ours is a relaxed group and Sunday is a chilled out day.

Now, the staff in the venues that we meet up in don’t always realise that we’re there. Zest cafe can be busy and depending on the staff member, they may be new or not generally work on a Sunday, so they may not know who to point you towards.

With the Hunt Cafe, their management know that we’ll be there, but the Hunt Museum reception/shop staff are different and may not realise that we’re downstairs. Someone rang the Hunt museum shop/reception and asked after our group. The poor staff member looked in the event book and didn’t see our name (as we don’t book a room we just use the cafe) and told the person enquiring that there was no such group. This isn’t the staff members fault. The poor guy just didn’t know.

So, just to clarify, when our blog and our facebook page state that we’ll be in the Hunt Cafe or Zest on a particular Sunday, trust that we will be there on that particular Sunday. Calling the venue and asking the staff to confirm that we’re there will leave you none the wiser.

Our group numbers vary from 2 people to 12 people. It depends on the weather, the time of year, how busy people are, what else is going on in the city etc. Regardless of whether there are 2 or 20 of us, just come on over and say hi. We’ll be delighted to meet you.

If you want to make contact with us prior to coming to our group then send us an email to limericksnb AT gmail DOT com. Alternatively, send us a message on our facebook page. Either Lou or Edell will get back to you.






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!