Craft Fair

The Stage Is Set

This afternoon we transformed the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely with natural greenery and fairy lights.

Christmas Spirit Fair 2012 Courthouse Arts Centre Tinahely Co Wicklow Ireland - the stage is setChristmas Spirit Fair 2012 © Irene Lundgaard

We got into the spirit for the Christmas Fair and hope you get into it too!

Note: Christmas Spirit Fair, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow. Sunday December 9th from 11 to 5.

Crochet yarn bombing

Culture Night Crochet

We celebrated Culture Night 2012 all over Ireland last Friday September 21st. My own contribution was obviously crochet…

On the square in Tinahely we have a granite bench which was donated to the village by the wonderful women of Tinahely I.C.A. It’s a sturdy granite bench that holds a lot of gatherings of the young as well as the old.

Bench on Dwyer Square TinahelyBench on the Square, Culture Night 2012, Tinahely, Co Wicklow
Irene Lundgaard 2012

The Tinahely Arts Group had planned to display Words of The Village with each contributor installing their own words, I’m a member and decided to partake.

Behind the bench there is a pretty tree with branches sheltering the bench from rain and wind and when I pass the bench I often wonder what conversations and aspirations the tree picks up, what dreams are aired that drift up from the bench and into the tree. Armed with this thought I set to work for some weeks, every time I passed the bench and the youth were gathered on it I asked them what their dreams were. My plan was to distil their words and crochet them into a luminous web that would be seen in the dark at Culture Night. A web of words caught in the tree.

As the days went on in my word gathering, I began to see a pattern of questions more than anything else and I realized my collection of words would have to be W-words. I called my piece “W-Ord-s Of Youth”. The hyphens are framing the Danish word “ord”, which means word or words.  Culture Night 2012 W-Ord-s of Youth Tinahely Arts Group 11

Culture Night 2012 W-Ord-s of Youth Tinahely Arts Group 12

Culture Night 2012 W-Ord-s of Youth Tinahely Arts Group 12d

Culture Night 2012 W-Ord-s of Youth Tinahely Arts Group 12bW-Ord-s Of Youth, Culture Night 2012, Tinahely, Co Wicklow
Irene Lundgaard 2012

I used luminous paint on the words to ensure they would shine out in the night. The village is bright at night and the words did not shine much but they are doing just that now here at home in my hallway, where I pass them for nightly visits to the necessarium. They are insistently demanding answers. Every night! As John said, when I explained to him about my installation, ‘well, the old that also gather on the bench, they will have the answers’.

I’m just not sure that I am old enough to have the answers quite figured out yet… Not on my nocturnal sojourns anyway!


Autumn Classes 2012

Crochet Classes September 2012 by Irene LundgaardIt’s time for sharpening the hook and getting the crochet mojo going! I have just scheduled the next four weeks of classes here in Tinahely with morning classes in the Tinahely Farm Shop from Tuesday September 11th at 10.30 am  – 12.30 pm and evening classes in the Market Square from 8.00- 10.00 pm.

Beginners will learn the basics of crochet, gain confidence in the stitches, learn best practise with finishing and handy tricks of the trade. Continuer’s will broaden their pallet and  learn to work out gauge/tension, get help with designing their own garment and we will tip into some free from crochet too. Everyone will gain confidence from mastering a skill and enjoy the playfulness of working with colours!

Price €55 (€65 for beginners) per 4 weeks
or drop-in classes at €15 per session.

Pre-booking essential contact Irene: 085 769 1854 /


New Crochet Class Schedule

January 2012 classesI have just updated the Winter/Spring schedule for my classes. First class up is in Market Square, Tinahely and it’s commencing Tuesday January 17th. Morning classes are from 10.30 to 12.30, evening classes from 8.00 to 10.00 pm. Beginners will learn to crochet and Continuers will either learn Tunisian Crochet or get help to design their own poncho. There will be both a morning and an evening class. You can find more detail here. Advance booking is essential. Mail me: or ring/text me on 085 769 1854


Time For New Class Schedule

Time flies as I am having a fun filled summer with loads of creativity and happy times. I have very many WIPs on both hooks and needles, I even have some FOs too, but no time to take photos. And then there is The Irish Reef which needs attention every so often. Have you been to see it yet?

heartlogoFor now, I will put out this teaser for my initial autumn crochet class schedule. This will be fleshed out further with workshops in Denmark and elsewhere later on, but for now, it’s looking like this:

Beginners will learn the basics of crochet as well as reading patterns and experience the general fun of crochet.

Intermediates will get help on the project of their choice, invent a new project or simply refine their technique.

Beginners: 3 weeks @ €55, materials included.
Intermediates: 3 weeks @ €45, materials not included.
Classes are held upstairs in Market Square House, Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

Tuesday Mornings

from 10.30 – 12.30 pm

Tuesday Evenings
from 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm

September 13th/ 20th/ 27th
October  11th/ 18th/ 25th
November 15th/ 22nd/ 29th

You can book your place now by dropping me an e-mail:

I hope you are having as much fun in the summer sun as I am, although crochet in pure cotton in Double Knitting yarn is not my favourite medium. I miss the spring in pure wool. Having said that, I adore working in very fine crochet cotton. The contradiction… Do you like crocheting in heavy cotton?

Public Art

Tinahely Sheep Flock Exhibition

We are all set for the exhibition opening of the Tinahely Sheep Flock which happens on Friday April 29th at 6.30 pm in the Market Square in Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

Here is a wee preview before the event…

Tinahely Sheep Flock pre exhibition
Tinahely Sheep Flock by TAG – detail

Great craic altogether!