crAFTERnoon Tea

Thanks to handmAid for letting us put up a post about our crAFTERnoon Tea. We thought it would appeal to fans of HandmAid. Read on….

What’s in a crAFTERnoon Tea? All the elements for an interesting afternoon – an array of guided craft workshops, tea/coffee and home baking, a craft-it-yourself area, handcrafted items for sale and a raffle. All that while helping to raise funds for a worthy charity.

The when and where? Sunday 23rd of November from 2:30 to 5:30pm at the Mary Aikenhead Centre, Brookvale Road, Donnybrook.



Why? The Day care centre provides much needed social contact and activities for the elderly and a meals-on-wheels service for those who are isolated at home.

How does it work? Drop in at any time between 2:30 and 5:30. There is no admission charge – you will receive an envelope from our human “donation stations”, just pop in whatever you can afford and leave it with us before you go.

Workshops are (usually) on a drop-in basis and you can do as many as you can fit in. This year we will have Basic Knitting, Basic Crochet, Origami containers, Christmas decorations, Peg Loom Weaving, Beading, Embroidered cards, a Potter’s Wheel and lace work demonstration.

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Most of the crafts would be suitable for children of about 10 upwards – younger ones could sit in with a parent. There will be some Loom Bandz available on our Craft-it-yourself table that would be ideal for older children. A do-it-yourself card-making table will be full of supplies.

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Fuelling all this creativity will be non-stop tea and coffee, and a tempting array of home baking – if you like what you taste you can purchase some to take away!

We will also be having a raffle at the end of the Tea for a great variety of hand-made prizes. Tickets will be 1 Euro each, and will be available all afternoon. Just leave your contact details, if you won’t be there for the draw.

All in all, it promises to be a lot of fun, and is in aid of a great cause. If you have any questions about the event in the meantime, just drop us a line at You can track our preparations on Facebook or on our blog.

Can I help? We would appreciate any offers of craft items for sale/raffle, if you have them to spare. Spread the word by whatever means you can – the more the merrier. We look forward to seeing you all, and hope you enjoy the woolly, gluey, papery, stitchy, inky craftiness of it all!

Practical details: Buses 39A, 46A and 145 stop opposite the centre. There is parking in the grounds of the day centre.

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Photos are now up! Thanks to Julie of for giving her time and creativity to documenting our craftiness all day!

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2014 Total Announced!


This year, you helped us raise a Grand Total of 5347.80 euro for Laura Lynn House!! Thank you so much to everyone involved. Photos coming soon!!

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Thank You!


handmAid happened yesterday! And went so, so well! The classes were busy busy for both morning and afternoon sessions, the market stall was buzzing with rifling hands, and the pop up cafe was depleted of cake as often as it was refilled. An amazing, amazing day!

Full total coming later in the week, after Paypal has done its slow transfer to our bank accounts, and that in turn is transferred to the MyCharity page – but I will update you here immediately that we have a final total in. We definitely cracked the 4k mark though!

A massive thank you to everyone who came. Thank you for giving us a reason to hold the day, and for giving us a way to raise this money for the Laura Lynn House. Thanks especially to those who have children in the Laura Lynn House who came along on the day, especially the little man with the aeroplane – you know who you are!

Behind the scenes, could we take a moment to thank …

ISOBEL who ran the pop up cafe with terrifying efficiency, and her merry band of soldiers, CLODAGH and SUMMER.

HARRIET and WENDY who ran the market stall, with their elves TRISH, PAULINE, LAOISE, and MARY.

JENNY who signed up for Balloon Supervisor, but was swiftly promoted to Fairylights Commander and Bunting Corporal too.

ROSEMARY who took any leftovers into her upstairs studio so that Oxfam could collect them the next day.

JULIE who travelled from Cork to photograph the day.

SUE and DIANE who live-tweeted the event from the handmAid account (@handmaidcraft).

CATHY, MARK, DIARMUID, SIOBHAN, and CRAIG, who performed heavy lifting, and car loading at either end of the day.

BAIRBRE who organized our amazing venue, and was in charge of Money.

HELEN who trouble-shooted us through the whole process from the start, drove car load after car load of donations, and worked as bouncer all day (shout out to OTHER HELEN who co-bounced).

LISA and JACQUI, ROSEMARY, and MARINA, who generously let us use their shops as drop off points for donations.

SUE, AOIBHE, KRISTIINA, LAURA, DEARBHLA, and LISA, who lent us their wheels so we could run workshops all day long.

And to all the teachers who gave up their time and energy to sit for hours and pass on new crafty skills: AOIBHE, DIANE, DIARMUID, DEARBHLA, NIKI, LAURA, LEDA, SINEAD, EITHNE, GRAINNE, MAIRE, BRONWYN, ANNE, MICHAELA, ALICE, CATHY, and KAREN.

Thank you! 

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Classes Now Online!


Delighted to announce our full class list for 2014 is now online and available to book! All classes cost just 20 euro per place. All materials are provided – you don’t need to bring or buy anything extra. Some fab new additions for this year include bobbin lace, weaving, electronic textiles, and drum carding! In addition to the usual array of embroidery, crochet, lace knitting, wheel spinning, origami and … too many to list here – so go check out the online classes sales page!

By taking a class with us on 27 Sept, you will be donating your full 20e straight to the Laura Lynn Hospice – Ireland’s only place for children with life-limiting conditions.

(Don’t forget, you can still come along to handmAid if not taking a class – that’s what the Stitch n Bitch and pop up café is for!)

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Gearing Up for 2014!

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Delighted to say that we are gearing up for handmAid 2014. This will be our fourth consecutive year running handmAid! This year we are supporting Ireland’s only children’s hospice, Laura Lynn House in Dublin. An average of ten children per week in Ireland die of a terminal illness, and this hospice helps them make the most of the previous time they have left, with their families and friends around them. It is a sad cause, but the people at Laura Lynn House are a sparkly bunch, with loads of ideas lined up to give their patients the best craic possible. In fact, they call it fun-raising, not fund-raising!

So let’s marshall our knitting needles, paper, glue, glitter, yarn, hooks, shuttles, looms, wheels, and anything else we can think of to get some cash together for this fabulous cause. The website has all been updated so have a browse around – Donate early if you like to our page. We badly need donations of your old yarn, craft supplies, and finished handmade pieces to sell at our market stall – get in touch at to hand it over. And keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter – once we start announcing classes they sell out like hotcakes so don’t miss out this year!

Thanks a million, the handmAid team, Rose Anne, Bairbre, Isobel, and Helen (and a million other Irish crafters too!).

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Crafternoon Tea in Donnybrook, Dublin

Some dedicated handmAid volunteers are holding a mini-handmAid-style event in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, on Saturday 23 November from 2 to 6 pm. All info in the flyer below! Grab this chance to buy some beautiful handmade items, and have a coffee with friends. If you can at all, it would really help them out if you printed out this poster and put it up in your place of work or local cafe. Cheers!!

Edit: in case it wasn’t clear, this event isn’t anything to do with us at handmAid, we are just promoting it so you can have extra craft and tea in your life! It’s being organised by the wonderful Clodagh, who also volunteers every year in the kitchen at handmAid, and washes more cups and dishes for charity than anyone in the world ever 🙂

Crafternoon Tea Poster PDF Download (click to download)



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Delighted to say that we had a gorgeous day yesterday (photos forthcoming!), and raised lots of money for In fact, we smashed the totals of 2011 and 2012, and well and truly broke the five thousand euro mark! At time of writing, our total is 5155 euro, but we are still receiving donations, and will post an updated total asap. You can still leave donations to handmAid 2013 at this charity link here.

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved, from the shops who donated craft supplies to the market stall, to the people who baked for the coffee table, to the students of all the craft classes, and everyone who turned up late on Friday night after work to shove tables around and hang fairy lights. Go team!!

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A rare chance to learn the traditional Japanese craft of origami. Aimed at the total beginner, you will come away from the class confidently folding beautiful flowers and birds. Taught by Ayumi and Eriko.

Book your place ASAP as this class filled up almost immediately last year!

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More economical and portable than a spinning wheel, the drop spindle is a great little tool to make your own yarn from fleece, prepared fiber or re-spun yarn.
Come along on September 14th from 11 am to 1 pm for a class with Catherine Cronin, who has been spinning fleece from her little flock of sheep in Westmeath for several years. Get started using the spindle and learn about other different types of spindles and how they are used.

Book your place by clicking here!

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