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Kathy Brassill, owner of Handcrafted Holidays, has compiled an excellent resource book for those like to combine their passion for fibre with their vacation. This edition focuses on travel in Great Britain and Ireland. Kathy has travelled extensively throughout the region and gives in-depth info on what you will find on your holiday.
This 48 page book is compact and well organized. Each place that you can visit lists the address, contact name, telephone number, email and website info and a brief description of what you will find there.
Because we can’t all jump on the next plane and go, (though reading through this guide, I’m ready to pack my bags) here is a brief web tour of some of the sites.
As you can see, fibre is alive and well in the U.K. To find out more about this book and all the other places you can visit, you can contact Kathy Brassill at:
or by email to:
handcraftedholidays at yahoo.com.
Mills, Museums and Places to Visit
The Bronte Weaving Shed is home of the famous Bronte tweed. Victorian handlooms are in full working order.
Museum of Welsh Life St. Fagan’s
This 100 acre park provides the visitor with a walking tour of Welsh life over the last 500 years.
Fergusons Irish Linen
A virtual tour of the making of Irish linen on jaquard looms.
Fairs and Events
Foxford Woollen Mills Annual Craft Fair
Craft producers from all over the west of Ireland hold an annual show.
Bobbins Woolcrafts & Antiques
Lots of yarns to choose from, 5-ply gansey, Colinette, Rowans.
This is where all those yummy-coloured yarns are created.
Angora knitwear produced by a small, family-run business situated in the Orkney Islands. Enjoy the scenic video clip of the Orkneys, then type in “angora” in the search box.
Blarney Woollen Mills
Browse through the history of the Blarney Woollen Mill or shop in their on-line store.
Workshops and Courses
Arran Textiles holds spinning, dyeing and weaving workshops to introduce textile crafts to the community.