While visiting Ireland last week, we made a point to travel to County Wicklow to see the woolen mill at Avoca.
This mill is the oldest mill in Ireland and is located in a village so picturesque it has been used for a location in many films--you may have heard of the tv series Ballykissangel, which was filmed there.
Aren't these colors amazing?
And you think we have troubles trying to keep our sewing machines lint free? Check this out--and no, my focus isn't blurry, that's all lint!
The looms weave all those spools of thread into colorful bolts of fabric. Later these bolts can be cut down into individual throws and shawls.
This mill's products are hugely popular amongst the Irish as well as the tourists. In fact, there is a very posh retail shop with several branches throughout the country, called "Avoca". The shops sell the woolen products of course, but also have very trendy clothing and accessories. The vibe of the shop put me in mind of the US chain "Anthropology".
I have to say, in my trips around the Irish countryside and my excursions to Dublin's main shopping district, I saw no sign of any quilt shops or even dressmaking fabric shops. I think if I lived in Ireland, I might be the only quilter in the country? Are there any Irish quilters out there? (Sound of crickets chirping....) You must be very lonely!
Jet lag may be a bit better. Still waking up at ridiculous times of the night, but am managing to fall back to sleep. Would you believe I haven't been down to the studio at all since I got back? Today is the day. My plan is to tackle my Spools projects and wrap them up. Hope to have some progress to share with you on Monday.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!