Getting crafty with paper in Kilcoole
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, www.cardartoriginals.com, 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.