Fly me to the moon...

...Let me play among the stars…
Here at the Crafty fox, we’re obsessed with all things astronomical this month.  ‘Why?’ I hear you ask...well, on the 20th July 1969, humans first walked on the moon, and we thought we’d celebrate this great achievement by bringing you some space crafts (pun definitely intended).
So, below we are on our final countdown of top space-related ideas for you to try. And to keep you on course, why not sing along with our Space Age playlist while you craft?

3…We love this out-of-this-world rocket applique cushion from Fabricworm. It’s sure to be a great addition to any young aspiring astronaut’s bedroom!

Whether you have a mini Neil Armstrong or Sally Ride, they’re bound to love this cute cushion

If you are feeling adventurous, perhaps try running up a matching pillowcase and quilt cover set, or go for a rocket covered headboard.

If you are short on suitable fabric in your stash, we have that covered with this colourful cotton fabric in store.

2...We also discove…

Passionate about Pineapples!

Welcome to the new and improved Crafty Fox blog!
We’ve let it slide but now we’re back, ready to give you tips, tricks and fun projects to try at home! We’ve been having such great weather recently, it’s like living on a tropical island and what could be more on trend than pineapples? International Pineapple Day is coming up on the 27th of June, so whether you’re celebrating with a Pina Colada or an upside down cake, why not try making one of these fab projects…

First up, we have this cute crochet pineapple from Yarnplaza. It’s a great project for anybody with a basic knowledge of crochet. Instead of using the wool specified in this pattern, you could try using this great Rico DK cotton available in store! There’s lots of fun colours so you could make any colour pineapple you wanted, let your imagination run wild! If you can’t crochet yet, don’t worry, we’ve got loads of classes to help you learn! Just check out the website for a full list.

If crochet’s not your thing, we love this a…

The makings of a Fox !!!!

It's that time of year again........The design of the Christmas Window is always an exciting and challenging time for Mr. Fox and co. This year he has decided to step out of the limelight (or should we say spotlight?) as he and Mrs. Fox have their hands full with the little ones. They arrived on the scene as a young, happy couple in the Summer of 2013, graced our window in December 2013 in their delightful woodland home, and again the following year with their young and playful cubs.....aaaah 

This years window? We hope it will be a lovely surprise, can't say more than that as we are all sworn to secrecy, but all will be revealed this weekend!
Did you wonder how we made our fantastic Mr Fox ?

Well it started like this,  we wanted an extra special window for our opening (our official opening that is, which was two years after we opened!).
A lot of planning and time went into this window display. We wanted a woodland theme so we went on a mission to find the perfect tree and set a…

It's All About the DRESS!

We fell in love with a picture…yes a picture of THIS gorgeous Summer dress….

It conjured up so many lovely, nostalgic memories of carefree, sunny summers.  The retro style dress made with the quirky cotton fabric was stunning….we immediately ordered the pattern and the fabric.
The pattern arrived first and in our haste we decided to make the dress with some other lovely fabric which we felt would do it justice and look good in our window display for the town’s annual Maritime Festival….

The pattern used for this dress is Buttericks B5603 Misses Dress.

Unfortunately we have sold out of this fabric but we do have the sunglasses fabric on the original dress and a pretty pink flamingo one too!

You can purchase this at: riley blake sunglasses fabric

buy at: riley blake flamingo fabric
SPECIAL OFFER: Until the end of JULY you can receive 15% off the price of either of these two fabrics when you buy them online using the discount voucher BLOGJULY15.  Please feel free to share with your face…

Meet Our Tutors - Joyce Anderson

Meet Joyce!
After gaining her degree in textiles, Joyce Anderson travelled extensively and designed woven fabrics in the airline, car and fashion industries.  She has a wide-ranging knowledge and love of all things textile, their properties and characteristics.  She came to Ireland to work in the weaving industry and did so for many years.  Joyce is meticulous in her work and fabulous at sewing, cross-stitching, knitting and anything else that she puts her mind to!  
One of Joyce's knitted creations...

Joyce teaches our Beginner Sewing classes and the all the dressmaking classes.  She has a wry sense of humour and a great Scottish accent!  She is extremely capable, unflappable and always goes the extra mile with our students to ensure they have all the help they need. Since before we even opened our doors Joyce has been a pivotal member of the Crafty Fox team, and we are delighted to have her!
Fantastic Summer Dress made by Joyce.....

When there are no dressmaking classes on Friday eve…

Meet Our Tutors - Eilleen McNulty

Textile Artist Eileen McNulty has been sewing and creating since childhood.  Her earliest memories are watching her mother as she sat sewing in their home.  Throughout her life she has found inspiration in many places, particularly with nature and the changing colours of the seasons.  She is rarely seen without her sewing machine and has even thought about taking it on holiday with her, to the horror of her husband!

She is highly artistic and creative and is a member of the Craft Council of Ireland.  Eileen has had her work exhibited in the RDS on numerous occasions and has had a fabulous feature written about her in Ireland‘s top home magazine “Irish Homes and Interiors”.  Her work is currently on display in the "Art Walk"  gallery in the Beaumont Hospital  and is one of only 20 artists selected for the exhibition!

Eileen sews, designs and paints, and her enthusiasm is infectious!  She is also a very generous spirit, and happily shares her knowledge and passes on her skills a…
Granny's Apron 
 I don't think our kids know what an apron is ….

The principal use of Granny's Apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven and so much more.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears , and on occasion used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold Granny wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls .
In the autumn, the…