HandmAid Craft Day Dublin

HandmAid Craft Day Dublin

A couple of the wonderful knitters in Dublin decided a little while back to hold a fundraising event in aid of the famine in the horn of Africa. Yesterday, Saturday 3rd September 2011 was the day.

Held in Damer Hall next to St Stephen’s Green the event comprised tons of craft classes (€10 per class with all materials provided in everything from knitting and crochet to needle tatting, felting, embroidery, spinning and jewellery and card making), market stalls of handmade crafts, yarn, books and cakes (tea and coffee supplied by the wonderful Accents) as well as ”knit working” a.k.a. stitch n bitch.

I got down there early to see if I could help in any way, but the place was positively humming and so I started by purchasing a few skeins of yarn (all in a good cause) and settling in for some good crafty time. In no time at all the hall was full, all the morning craft classes were in full swing, and the stalls were 3 people deep! By lunch time there was no room left. Amazing turnout.

In the afternoon I held a needle tatting course, had to turn people away because it was full. I’m delighted to say that my students were very clever and picked up the basics in about half the time I expected 🙂

I stuck around for some of the cleaning, my mattress needle that I use for demonstrating tatting and for tatting with DK weight (8 ply) yarn came in handy for all those balloons that needed popping 😉

The result of a most excellently enjoyable day? €4500 raised with 100% of the money going to the Oxfam appeal for the famine. I’m so proud of everyone who took part and of everyone who came along for making it such a success. People are already talking about next year – I do hope that it happens again.