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Family Textile Crafting Day with Kilcoe Studios

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About the event

Workshops in Dyeing with Ashleigh Ellis, and some interactive family friendly events of nettle fibres and weaving.

Community Indgi0 Vat – 11am to 2pm – come by and dye a small item of clothing to a beautiful deep indigo with Ashleigh Ellis.

A fun workshop to refresh cotton and linen textiles into vibrant blues in an organic indigo dye vat. There will be cotton fabric to experiment with and learn some traditional Japanese shibori techniques (similar to tie-dye) you are also invited to bring an old or secondhand textile of your own to give it new life. Washed textiles only and must be 100% cotton, linen, wool or silk and no larger than a tea towel or t- shirt.

Fringe Events – 11am to 3 pm
-Nettle Fibre making – twist your own nettle twine bracelet
-Weaving on an open loom
-Know you Fabrics – test you knowledge of different fabric types

Growing Natural Dye Plants – 4pm to 5pm

A talk on growing a range of natural dye plants (traditional and experimental), their unique qualities and an overview on how to use them. This talk will showcase the wide and vibrant range of colours that can be made, on textiles and as artist inks and pigments. Will also touch on some folklore and medicinal uses. A Q&A will be part of the talk and an opportunity to try some inks.


Where is it taking place?

Kilcoe Studios
Co. Cork

and Outside Ballydehob Community Hall

Who is it suitable for?

All ages


Details to follow

When is it taking place?

Sunday August 13th, events throughout the day 11am to 5pm

Price & do you need to book?

€20 Indigo, €15 Dye Talk. Book by emailing with subject ‘Indigo’ , ‘Dye Talk’ or text +353 87 0667871.
Please state your time preference – 11 am / 12 pm / 1 pm for the indigo workshop

Depending on demand there may be some drop in availability on the day – please enquire by phone.
Children will be welcome to also attend with a ticketed Adult once supervised and onlookers are welcome to view.

Contact details

Kilcoe Facebook

Kilcoe Instagram


+353 87 066 78 71

Additional information 

{ Dlúth agus Inneach na Beatha }

The Fibre of our Being is a series of events exploring contemporary textiles which draw on tradition to reinvigorate their process. It will encompass an exhibition of the same title displaying a wide variety of contemporary Irish Textiles, as well as two full weekends of events and workshops that will allow people to learn techniques in dyeing and crafting with textiles. The highlight will be a day with  talks and displays about the source of our fibres and Irish wool production, with displays from small businesses looking to find new ways to use sustainably our indigenous materials. We will finish with an alternative fashion show in the lively cultural hub of Levis Bar in Ballydehob !

These events are run by Kilcoe Studios.

This is all generously supported by Creative Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht and Cork county Council.”

This event is a part of Cork Craft Month with Cork Craft and Design Collective. Summer 2023 will mark the 14th annual Cork Craft Month with over 50 events taking place all across the county.


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All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Ashleigh Ellis and more

Starts: Sun 13 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Sun 13 Aug at 5:00 pm

Craft Type: Textile Making

Event Location: Cork

Event Type: Workshop, Maker Talk, Family Friendly, For Children

Price: Varoius