I am the hand that holds The Patchwork Quill. And I ... have a knitting problem.I spent two glorious Saturdays (last Saturday and Saturday 23 August) learning to knit, courtesy of the wonderful Emma Whiteside of Top Floor Art and now I am well and truly hooked. (If it'd been crochet, that would have been a wonderfully nerdy pun.)
Last Friday night saw Lisburn's R-Space Gallery playing host to a low-down, dirty, rock n' roll razzmatazz! Up-and-coming events organisers Extravaga once again pulled off a fun and imaginative little night in the heart of my home city, with a vintage-and-handmade market, a fortune teller, hot food and some good old blues and rock n' roll to round it all off.
As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here's hoping my bosses are reading this... ;) ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity to join in an evening of origami, led by Donegal-based paper art company Japanese Papercraft.
I'm delighted to announce that, having been nominated for Best Arts and Culture Blog and Best Craft Blog in the 2014 Blog Awards Ireland, The Patchwork Quill has made it through to the shortlist in both of these categories!
I can't believe we're already halfway through August Craft Month - the biggest one ever in fact, with Craft NI curating over 150 events celebrating Northern Ireland craftmanship. I attended the launch of CraftBomb in the Ulster Hall last Tuesday, an exhibition showcasing the best of the handmade decorations that adorned the streets of Northern Ireland during Voluntary Arts Week in May.
Every Tuesday you can now experience a local live music night with a difference. The Lisburn Sessions is a weekly free online broadcast of live, original music performed by some of Northern Ireland's best up-and-coming bands and artists.
I'm delighted to announce that The Patchwork Quill has been nominated in two categories of this year's Blog Awards Ireland. This is the third year of the awards and the PQ has been lucky to be nominated in both previous years, reaching the shortlist in 2012.
Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and papyrus... each month I'll be recommending a read.
After featuring this innovative art project on the PQ last year, I fell in love with it and vowed to see it in the flesh if it returned for a second year. Thankfully it has, and the response from artists has been even bigger and better than in 2013.
A lovely variety of events this week - talks, exhibitions, quizzes, music and even superheroes! Make the most of your leisure time this week, and feel free to come back and comment or share your pics if you try out any of the activities in this week's listing.
It's that time of year again already - the Blog Awards Ireland nominations have opened!
This is the third outing for the awards that champion blogging creativity across the island of Ireland, and The Patchwork Quill has been lucky enough to be shortlisted in both previous years.
Another varied week of things to see and do in Northern Ireland. Celebrate the vibrancy of African culture, enjoy maritime merriment or settle in for a movie marathon. Read on to find out more!
If you happened to stroll through Dublin's Phoenix Park last Saturday afternoon, you may have found yourself a victim of the mischievous 'Crank Set'...
A really varied week of events - business, theatre, fashion, music, comedy and even Lego features in the guide this time! If I've missed anything, or you want to suggest something for a future guide, please get in touch. Keep checking the What's On Calendar, as I add events here all the time.
Any week that begins with a bank holiday is off to a good start, but this is a very special week, beginning with the Belfast City Marathon and finishing with the Big Start of the Giro d'Italia 2014. Loads more on besides, and don't forget the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival continues this week, as well as other ongoing festivals.
The week ahead is jam-packed with entertainment, with no fewer than six seven festivals, all kicking off within days of each other. The beloved Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Festival of Fools are both back, as well as the much-anticipated Giro d'Italia celebrations. There are two seaside arts events and music in the maiden city, plus more besides. Enjoy!
This week's WOTW is a little late and a little different, but that's OK, as there is still so much happening locally this weekend! Easter fun continues, and there is lots of great music, plus a touch of the exotic...
Literature, upcycling, history, surfing, music and craft - just a few of the fabulous things you can experience in Northern Ireland this week.