Irish Crochet Lace Artist Máire Treanor visits New England, Summer 2012

Touring in Ireland and France this spring on a ‘lace quest’, I met many talented lacemakers and historians, none more knowledgeable than Máire Treanor of Clones, County Monaghan.

Máire Treanor has been instrumental in preserving the traditional patterns of Irish Crochet Lace, particularly Clones Lace.  Steeped in the traditions of home-based industry, Clones was a center of Irish Crochet lace production from post-Famine times in the 1840’s, through its heyday in the Victorian period and beyond. Clones Lace has a distinctive caché and a versatility that has allowed it to endure and evolve into its vibrant, modern form of the present day.

Máire Treanor has not only collected samples of original Clones lace and traditional patterns, she teaches and demonstrates stitches and techniques of the craft that might otherwise be lost. Máire is a frequent contributor to to publications on lace and crochet, and is the author of the book, Clones Lace: The Story and Patterns of an Irish Crochet, comprising a fascinating history of Clones Lace augmented by personal anecdotes and instructional material.

I’m delighted that Máire will be visiting New England on her 2012 teaching and book tour of the U.S. this summer. Events on her East Coast schedule include:

Saturday, July 28, 2012
WEBS, Northampton MA: Book signing and demonstration, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Free.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
West Dennis Library, West Dennis MA: Book signing, Presentation, Reception, 12:30 – 1:30 – Free event but tickets are required: Get free tickets here.

Hands-on Workshop for Crocheters 2:00 – 5:00 PM. $70. Seating is limited.
Register here for the West Dennis Library Workshop.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sage Yarn, Falmouth MA: Workshop 1:00 – 4:00 PM. $65.
Register for this event.
Book signing & Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Free.

Contact us at Textile Travel with any questions, or if you need to book accommodation on the Cape for the above events.

Lace and More in Normandy

Though the quaint Normandy town of Bayeux is famous for its Tapestry (really an embroidery) depicting William the Conqueror’s 1066 victory over the English, the town is remarkable for other reasons, including a wonderful open-air market and regional specialties such as Calvados and hard cider:

                                                                                                                                                                                        But for fiber lovers, the still-vibrant tradition of lace-making is reason enough to visit Bayeux. Read more about it on our travel blog, Rovings and Yarns!

Plimouth Plantation creates new line of yarn

On November 10, 2011, Plimoth Plantation will introduce its new line of 100% wool yarn. “New Plimoth Worsted” will be custom spun in the village of Harrisville, New Hampshire by Harrisville Designs. The new line will be introduced at the Plantation’s Winter-into-Spring Farmers’ Market, and will feature a lecture at 3:00 P.M. by John Colony, owner of Harrisville Designs. The public is invited.
Press release about the event is here.

The yarn’s unique color palette was created by the Historic English Clothing and Textiles staff at Plimouth Plantation, matching colors produced by using natural dyestuffs of the 17th century.

Plimoth Plantation’s “New Plimoth Worsted” is available exclusively in Plimoth Plantation retail shops and on

Read more about it here.

Road Trip! Bus from Cape Cod to Stitches East in Hartford, October 30, 2010

Stitches East Day Trip!

from the Cape to Hartford, Connecticut
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Come with a group of friends and enjoy an exciting day among fellow fiber lovers!

Our motor coach will depart from the Hyannis area at 7:30 AM on Saturday, October 30, 2010. We will stop near the Sagamore and Bourne bridges to pick up more passengers, then head to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations of Stitches East.

Our destination is the Stitches Market, with its constellation of fiber stars, authors and vendors offering everything from fleeces to roving to felting supplies and, of course, yarn. Free demonstrations are ongoing on the Market floor.

There are also some educational Market Sessions available on Saturday at additional cost: you can sign up at the Knitting Universe site.  We will be at the show in time for you to attend a Market Session at either 12:30 or 2:00 PM.  Our motor coach will depart for the return trip to the Cape at 5:00 PM.

Trip cost is $54,  including transportation via motor coach, and a discount ticket to the Stitches Market.  Optional Market Sessions are additional; register and pay for these sessions at the Knitting Universe site.

Click here to Register for this delightful day out!

Space is limited, so book now!  Registration will close on Friday, October 15, 2010.

  • You may pay by mailing a check for $54.00 as noted on the Registration page: make your check payable to FastNet Travel, and mail to: P.O. Box 326, West Dennis, MA  02670, Attention: Kathleen Lyons.  Please include an email address so we can send you an acknowlegment of receipt of your payment.
  • If you’re paying via PayPal or the EventBrite system, a small additional processing fee will apply.
  • Snacks and a few surprises will be provided enroute.  Lunch options are available at the Stitches show; you may wish to bring a brown bag supper for the ride home, or purchase food in Hartford for the return trip.
  • See the Registration Page for more information about the trip.

    Questions? Email us or phone Kathleen at 508-760-8289

    Let’s enjoy a relaxing  autumn ride through the New England countryside, and indulge our fiber passions… 
    See you then!

    FiberCulture London Program

    We’re excited to share the news that Textile Travel will be introducing a new concept in group touring for fiber lovers.

    Beginning in September,  2010, we will host our inaugural FiberCulture program in London, England. Participants can sample from the broad palette of textile resources in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, while taking advantage of the many theatres, museums, exhibitions and shopping opportunities available in London.

    For a period of weeks, Textile Travel will host fiber lovers in a convenient hotel or a chic, centrally-located London apartment.  Come when you can, stay as long as you like (subject to availability).  High-quality, professional travel and concierge services are augmented by our deep knowledge of the London cultural landscape, and our love of all things fibrous.

    Each morning, our experienced staff will be on hand to brief you over continental breakfast, on the many options you can choose from that day:  These could be:
    • A fiber event at a large venue
    • Knitting circle in a local yarn shop or pub
    • Visit to an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum
    • Day trip to the greenhouses at Kew Gardens
    • Walk through Hyde Park with tea at Kensington Gardens
    • Visit to Portobello Road, Petticoat Lane or other London outdoor market
    Without adhering to a rigid itinerary, alone or with friends,  you can relax among a companionable group of fellow travelers with lots in common – notably an independent streak.  In the evenings,  we will offer options for dining out and theatre forays, or you can sit and knit in front of the telly with some take-out and a bottle of Beaujolais.
    Details are forthcoming – we are in the planning stage but will have some definite dates for September/October ready soon.