Workshops at Flax Mill: the wheels are turning, the dye-pot is bubbling

4 workshops by master-crafters at the Flax Mill in August

I would hereby like to invite you to take part in our spectacular crafts-workshops this summer!

The idea:

  • Be taught by some of the most distinguished master-crafters on these shores.
  • Learn one or several of the traditional techniques used in textile-making.
  • Come away with a unique piece created by yourself using the finest raw-materials.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our gardens behind the mill-cottage -we ae putting up the little marquee for the workshops.
  • Of course, the mill is running and open for you to visit while you are our guest.

What’s on offer?


*Saturday, August 1st, 10 am to 4 pm:

Spinning yarn, both wool and linen, on a spinning wheel!

Each participant will be supplied with wheel and raw material, both beginners and advanced spinners are welcome.

The teacher: Lorna Shannon is giving us the pleasure!

The secretary of the Ulster Guild of Sinners, Weavers and Dyers is one of the most profiled textile experts, a weaver as well as a spinner. She owns the “Cran +Coara” label and will teach you in a most holistic way.

The workshop will run from 10 to 4 and is strictly limited to 6 participants (that’s the number of wheels we have available).

Fee: £ 20.00 – that includes the raw materials.

Strictly “first come – first take”!


*Saturday, 8th of August, 10.30 am to 4 pm:

Wet – Felting with one of the best teachers you can get!

Sarah Foster – Jarden is taking this one. A known spinner – many of our visitors have watched her linen – spinning demonstrations at the Open Days – she also felts like nobody else.

The workshop runs from 10.30 onwards and is limited to 8 participants – each will be supplied with their own work – table and a large lot of raw material – you’ll need both to operate well.

Sarah says: “Two old towels and no fear of getting wet will help matters!”

£ 30.00 is the fee, as all other workshops “first come first take”.


*Saturday, August 15th, 11 am to 4 pm:

Our “commission – spinner” and yarn – dyer, Christine Casey is rocking in to teach you dyeing with bot natural and acid – dyes.

Christine is our sole-supplier of hand -spun and self – dyed yarn for the Flax – Mill top range of hand-woven blankets.

She will be supplying dye-vessels, raw materials etc. and can take on a maximum of 10 participants, £ 20.00 is the fee and as the other workshops, “first come first take”.


*Finally, on Saturday, August 22nd, from 10.30 am onwards:

the making of a lampshade using Irish Linen as the raw – material, will be taught by another “one of a kind” crafter, Jill Gurney.

The owner of “Linen lane Crafts” exports her spectacular lamp – shades world-wide. She uses the best raw-materials only – you will take your creation home with you.

For space – reasons and due to the complex teaching the number is limited to 6 participants, first come first take. Fee is £ 30.00, starting time 10.30 am.


All bookings through Flax Mill, ring us: 028 777 42655 or send a mail:

We’ll give you all the details, arrange your payment (no other fees above the ones quoted), give you directions etc…

As soon as your place is booked, we will notify you.


There will be a good cup of coffee or tea, a bit of home – baked cake and – on request – a little bite of lunch available for you!

The mill owner will gladly take you for a little tour to see our weaving looms running and show you our products.

Looking forward to meeting you for one or several of the workshops!

Love over Gold

Marion Baur

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