Alternative uses for wool is one of the themes being explored at a seminar to be held next week as part of Roscommon Lamb Festival. A ‘Wool Seminar’ will be held in the Áras on Chontae in Roscommon on Thursday, May 2nd.
There will be a display of wool insulation and various other wool textiles and textile art from local artists including Frances Crowe who works with woven wall hangings.
Frances - who studied Fine Art in the National College of Art and Design - works with architects and creates pieces for personal and commercial spaces.
“Sometimes I dye it myself and spin it, depending on what the customer wants,” Frances told Marcella Connolly - That’s Farming.
“I use hand-spun or bought wool to make my art, but I would always use Irish wool,” she added.
Frances’ art will be on display, in the Áras on Chontae for those who would like to see more of her work.
EventsOther events at this year’s Roscommon Lamb Festival include a Knowledge Transfer - sheep farm walk event on Thursday, May 2nd in Four Roads.
A full-length play telling the story of Aleen Cust - Ireland’s first female Vet and her struggle to become a practising vet.
‘The Big Hello’, is an event celebrating 75 years of Macra na Feirme in the county. There will also be international sheepdog trials and a GAA club sheep shearing competition for a €1,500 prize fund.
The official opening of Roscommon Lamb Festival takes place on May Day at Roscommon Park and will feature the presentation of the Oliver Burke memorial trophy for the best commercial ewe with twin lambs.
Members of Roscommon ICA will give demonstrations on knitting, crochet, millinery and decoupage. The members will also be making boxty. There will be workshops for children during the weekend and you can check out the dates and times at the craft marquee.
Other skills to enjoy include copper craft and pottery. Local basket maker, Patricia O’Flaherty will demonstrate her skills.
Woodland crafts will be demonstrated by Joe Gowran and Niall Millar. Joe will also demonstrate hurdle weaving and coppice craft, while Niall will demonstrate pole lathe turning and making wooden toys and games.
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