Beautiful Handmade Pieces for your Home
Read about makers from the UK, Ireland and South Africa
It was against the backdrop of the gentle, clackety rhythm that is the sound of traditional wooden handlooms at work that Craft Editions met John Heena, Master Weaver and Tristan Donaghy of Studio Donegal, in summer 2016.
I first discovered Barrydale Weavers products in a shop in Cape Town while I was on an extended holiday to South Africa in Feb 2015.
Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Mourne Mountains, Craft Editions met mother and son Karen Hay-Edie and Mario Sierra of Mourne Textiles.
Eddie Doherty is one of the legends of Irish handweaving and so meeting him and his wife Evelyn was a rare chance to get a glimpse of an authentic but sadly diminishing way of life.
It’s not only Clare O'Presco's accent that is unusual in the Donegal Town setting, the way she uses colours in her handwoven Donegal tweed is very different too.
A 'Donegal style' yarn is renowned for its distinctive fleck and colours that are so reminiscent of the local landscape.