It was just over two years ago that I discovered The Derrylane Flax Mill in Dungiven, Northern Ireland. This working mill and weaving studio is ran by Marion and Hermann Bauer, who, since moving to Ireland from Germany decades ago, have made something truly special happen on their premises: small-scale linen production, at a time when it was generally on the decline.
The restored stone cottage is their home and their workspace, and once a year they generously open the Mill to the public and host a magical festival celebrating their love of natural fibre. There are makers' booths, activities and workshops, and lots of local and international visitors. This year’s itinerary includes a fashion show, a concert, a Blacksmithing demo, Hand-spinning demos, and the premier screening of Flax People - a film about the linen industry of Ireland.
This year, I am taking an active role in the Open Day. I will have a dress on display at the Fashion Show. And I will be teaching a Continental Knitting workshop. Jennifer Leinhard of Woolfinch Studio will also be there, teaching a Natural Dyeing workshop. We will have a booth with hand dyed yarns and more - so if you stop by, do say hello.
The event is free!
Flax Mill Open Day
Saturday, 9th September
Derrylane Flax Mill
Dungiven BT47 4QD