Lily Lolly Craftfest 2021 - St. Angela's College Video Demonstrations

Jun 01 2021 Posted: 10:21 IST

This will be the 10th year of the annual Lilly Lolly Craftfest and not to be outdone by the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic it has as exciting a line up as ever. The legacy of sisters Elizabeth and Susan Yeats (Lilly and Lolly) inspired Sligo Craftworkers to organise this craft festival for the first time in 2011.  As usual it aligns with the Birthday of WB Yeats and the Yeats’ Day celebrations and runs from the 13th to the 17th of June.  St. Angela’s College in association with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland have specially commissioned several online video demonstrations of textile crafts for this year’s festival.  

The festival starts with the ‘Meditations in time of Civil War’ exhibition of 125 invited guest artists’ work on the 13th of June which runs in the Hamilton Gallery until August 28th. This promises to be a great overview of a variety nationally based artists’ interpretation of the civil war.

St. Angela's Textiles, Fashion and Design lecturer, Michelle O'Leary, will be giving a video demonstration with interesting and sustainable textile craftwork in this year's festival. And one of our guest lecturers, local fashion and knitwear designer Rebecca Marsden also features in the line-up.

Michelle's ‘Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps’ video demonstration will show you how to transform those old cotton clothes into handy beeswax wraps. These wraps can be used to cover and wrap food as a reusable alternative to single use plastic. This activity is suitable for all ages (adult supervision required for children). Video will be released on the Lily Lolly Craftfest Facebook page on Monday 14th June at 12.00pm.

Rebecca will demonstrate ‘Felted Pin Cushions’ where you combine felting techniques with embroidery to create unique pin cushions for your crafting projects. This activity is suitable for all ages and abilities. Video demonstration to be released on the Lily Lolly Craftfest Facebook page on Tuesday 15th of June at 3.00pm.

On June 16th the ‘Take a Walk for Me’ project based on The Sligo Way - Union Wood to Lough Lumman walk publication of Karen Webster’s ‘Path Notes’ online launch will take place at 1pm.

Fashion industry guru Eddie Shannahan will give a free Zoom workshop titled Makers and the Market Now. The workshop will address the new challenges and opportunities for craft makers as they reopen and re-build their enterprises. Thursday 17th 11am and 8pm. For booking email This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear Eddie’s excellent advice.