New Beginnings – Summer 2019


New Beginnings – Summer 2019

Where to start? It’s been a very busy couple of years developing my textile practice, writing and launching a series of online workshops, accepting exciting Irish and international teaching opportunities, planting trees, installing a garden studio with a view to facilitating group workshops, learning to sew simple garments and designing new print/dye borders for the garden.


The biggest decision was to install the new studio and print/dye borders at Clasheen. Year on year I’d been developing the range of plants that I was growing to use in my own eco printing practice and for workshops but being restricted to a small studio in the house meant that I couldn’t facilitate larger groups right here on site. In the autumn of 2018 work started on the studio, installation followed by insulating with sheeps wool then painting it inside and out. Over the winter months I dreamt about the borders and they were finally laid out and the topsoil added over the last two weeks. Last weekend I planted them up with perennials and shrubs suitable for eco printing or natural dyeing and over the next few days wood chip will be laid on the studio driveway and paths dividing the borders. I can now offer bespoke workshops for groups of up to 8 people and in fact have space for larger groups depending on what we are felting or eco printing. If you’d like to join me here for an introduction to eco printing workshop on Saturday 7th September and print your own beautiful silk scarf plus some paper please click here for all the details.



Although it’s impossible to write properly about all the activities leading up to today now that things have reached this point I’m determined to start blogging regularly again. Each post I’ll concentrate on current activities I’m engaging in rather than fret about all the ones I’ve not managed to write about. For those of you interested in my daily activities via images and a little text please consider following me on Instagram and Facebook.



  • Caroline Nixon
    Posted at 08:28h, 01 August Reply

    Look forward to following. It all looks wonderful

  • Sarah Doyle
    Posted at 11:30h, 01 August Reply

    Looks wonderful Nicole! I’ll keep my eye on your workshop offerings and maybe get back to Ireland soon.

  • Carole Mules
    Posted at 12:33h, 01 August Reply

    Nicola, how wonderful! What a fantastic workspace! I can imagine you enjoying the space.

    I often think of you and wonder about your corner of the world. I enjoyed your workshop at Grampians Textures some years ago.

  • Dorothy Yuki
    Posted at 13:09h, 01 August Reply

    Your studio looks great. I must come to visit and take a workshop.

  • Terriea Kwong
    Posted at 15:29h, 01 August Reply

    So nice to read your blog again with all updates.

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