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Spinners open new studio 13.10.11

A GROUP of women in Inishowen are knitting their talents together with the launch of a new wool and craft studio in Clonmany.
They call themselves the 'Yarn Spinners of Inishowen' and they hope local people will soon get to know their story.
They have set up their new enterprise in Clonmany's historic Market House and want to share their skills and knowledge with the wider community.
One member, Christina Crouch, said many mistakenly viewed wool craft as an "olde world' activity.
"Wool is such a diverse material. It has wonderful thermal and waterproof properties, it’s basically fire-proof and it’s all around us," she said.
"Local farmers have been very generous giving us bags of wool for the purpose of creating authentic Donegal wool products. You can watch this process in action at the wool studio every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 1pm."
The yarn spinners are keen to encourage re-skilling in this once important local industry. They strive to re-establish the use of local wool but will also provide opportunities to work with merino, alpaca and other beautiful fibres.
An open invitation has been issued to the public for the studio’s launch this Saturday, October 15, from 11am.
Yarn Spinners of Inishowen.
Another member, Claire Gilmour adds: "‘Everyone is invited and in particular we are interested in hearing from anyone who has stories to share about Inishowen’s wool industry whether it be spinning, weaving or knitting.
"There will be free demos, an opportunity to ‘get involved’, refreshments, perhaps some singing and definitely some good old fashioned chat’.
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