Get­ting crafty with pa­per in Kil­coole

Bray People - - Special Report - Mary FOG­A­RTY

THOSE amongst us fond of the oc­ca­sional bit of ‘make and do’ might be in­ter­ested to know that the Kil­coole Craft Club has been run­ning in the vil­lage since May of last year and to date has 76 mem­bers.

They meet the last Wed­nes­day’s of ev­ery month in Lee’s from 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

‘We have mem­bers com­ing from as far as Wex­ford and Rath­coole,’ said founder, Yvonne Tune. ‘We are the big­gest pa­per craft club in Ire­land.’

She ex­plained that while the group cov­ers most pa­per crafts they con­cen­trated mainly on card mak­ing, which has be­come a very pop­u­lar hobby both in Ire­land and the UK. ‘This month we fea­tured in Crafts Beau­ti­ful Mag­a­zine UK in their Oc­to­ber is­sue, as craft club of the month.’

Yvonne said that she and fel­low founder-mem­ber Mary Kee­gan have both been very ‘crafty’ for their whole lives. ‘My mother was a dress­maker so I was al­ways mak­ing things when I was a child,’ she said. ‘Mary would come from sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances and is ex­tremely tal­ented.’

The or­gan­i­sa­tion started by chance when a few ladies asked Yvonne to show them how to make hand made cards, so she started hav­ing open craft days in her house.

Yvonne then put up posters in lo­cal shops and li­braries in Kil­coole, Grey­stones and Bray and had an amaz­ing turn out on the first day, with 58 women and chil­dren turn­ing up to the event.

‘I nearly died of fright, my house isn’t very big!’ She said. ‘But we all man­aged to make a card and watch a few demon­stra­tion.’

Dis­ap­pointed that the num­bers had to be cut down for the next few, Yvonne was thrilled when Mary asked about start­ing up a craft club. They ap­proached Wil­lie Doyle of Lee’s and he was more than happy to let them have the func­tion room.

‘Each month ei­ther Mary or my­self gives a demon­stra­tion and then we make a card kit,’ said Yvonne. ‘We have a break half way through for tea or cof­fee and home made cakes and bis­cuit, then a mem­ber gives an­other demon­stra­tion.

The group has its own web­site,­dar­to­rig­i­, on which they share news of work­shops, classes and up-com­ing events all over the coun­try. They also hold reg­u­lar open fun craft days at St. Pa­trick’s Hall in Kil­coole, invit­ing other clubs and non-mem­bers to come along.

The next fun day is a Christ­mas mini work­shop on Oc­to­ber 18, where club mem­bers will take groups of five each and teach them how to make their own hand made Christ­mas cards. There will be 30 mini work­shops to choose from.

‘We hope you’ll join us for a great day out,’ said Yvonne. ‘If you would like to learn how to make hand made cards come and join us the last Wed­nes­day of the month in Lee’s.’

Mem­bers of Kil­coole Craft Club at a card-mak­ing work­shop.

ABOVE: Nuala Do­ran at work on a wed­ding thank-you card. BE­LOW: Phil Leonard and Sally McGrane.

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