Drop in and have a go at making traditional harvest knots from straw with Straw Craft Ireland. You’ll be guided through the necessary techniques, while learning the history and traditions of straw craft in Ireland. Once finished, you’ll have a traditional harvest knot to take home. There will also be an exhibition of various items woven in a method of plaiting unique to Ireland from baskets and cradles to mummer’s masks, variations of Brigid’s crosses and corn dollies.
Straw Craft Ireland is based at the shores of Lough Neagh in North Armagh; an area steeped in the history of traditional Irish crafts. They provide beautifully intricate items woven in straw in a traditional and uniquely Irish plaiting method as well as promoting the continuance of ancient traditional Ulster and Irish crafts, customs and culture, click here for further details of their work .
Straw Craft Ireland will be working in the outdoor classroom in the play park at Slieve Gullion Forest Park from 9.30am – 4,00pm (but they are planning a quick lunch break between 12.30pm and 1pm). This is a free activity, there is no need to book, just turn up and have a go.