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The Linen Thread: Irish Linen, a heritage textile with a future

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About the event

An illustrated talk with Fiona McKelvie featuring demonstrations by Rosemary McCartney and printing on linen with Lucy Turner

Join us for an afternoon of all things linen in the stunning surroundings of the Echlinville Distillery on the Ards Peninsula.

Enjoy a refreshing flax seed infused Weaver’s Dry Gin* on arrival before textile specialist Fiona McKelvie leads you on a journey through the history of Irish linen. Exploring the journey from flax flower to table linen you will learn about the design and manufacturing heritage. There will be an opportunity to see and discuss some rather special examples of linen and artefacts, many of museum quality.

Following a short break, and a 2nd Weaver’s Dry Gin, weaver and spinner Rosemary McCartney of Simply Spun will demonstrate dressing the distaff with flax which will be spun into linen yarn.

End your afternoon with local print maker Lucy Turner who will guide you through a hands-on activity where you will screen print onto linen making your own unique piece of art to take home.


*soft drink or alternative choices available

Where is it taking place?

The Echlinville Distillery
62 Gransha Road
BT22 1AJ

When is it taking place?

Saturday 12th August, 2pm-5pm

Price and do you need to book?

£35, booking required. Book here.

Contact details

T: 0044 38 9181 0803




Additional information:

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



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: Fiona McKelvie, Rosemary McCartney and Lucy Turner

Starts: Sat 12 Aug at 2:00 pm

Ends: Sat 12 Aug at 5:00 pm

Craft Type: Textile Making

Event Location: Down

Event Type: Workshop, Maker Talk, Demonstration

Price: £35