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Bonnets and Lace, 28 May - Experience AND 2023

Kiri Cottage Crafts, Loughdoo Road, Ardkeen, County Down, BT22 1HJ
Christine of Kiri Cottage Crafts sitting outside of her workshop in front of a spinning wheel


Part of Experience Ards and North Down 2023. Click here to see the full programme. 


Learn tradition skills of the region in this have-a-go workshop in the relaxed setting of Kiri Cottage Crafts in the heart of the Ards Peninsula.

Sewing was a source of income for women of the Ards Peninsula in and around the 19th Century, creating bonnets, sewing tambour embroidery (often beaded) to adorn the hems of ladies' dresses, and spinning flax to linen thread for weaving.

Have a go at the straw plaiting technique used in bonnet making, and also at how the plaited straw would have been sewn together to make a 'fabric'.

There will also be a demonstration of flax spinning, using an authentic wheel from the period.

No previous sewing or embroidery experience is needed in order to take part in this workshop, as full instructions and guidance will be provided. All equipment and materials are also provided, and you take home whatever you make.

Homemade traditional Northern Irish breads and cakes, tea and coffee, will be served for you to enjoy.


Things to note
Minimum age is 12.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
All levels of experience are welcome.
Wear comfortable, warm clothing as the workshop can be cool.

This experience is fully accessible, however guests are welcome to call Christine on +44 (0)7968 342 928 to discuss any particular needs.

Dietary requirements
Please ensure that you check with all members of your party regarding food allergies, intolerances, and dietary requirements prior to booking tickets.
It is the responsibility of the ticketholder to inform a member of staff at the host venue about  food allergies, intolerances and specific dietary requirements. 
This must be done 48 hours before the experience by contacting Christine via email on

Terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions apply.

Getting there
By car: From Belfast/Newtownards Follow the A20 towards Portaferry. Approximately 31/2 miles beyond Kircubbin, turn left on to the Loughdoo Road.  Kiri Cottage Crafts is the second house on the left on the Loughdoo Road. Parking available on site.
By public transport: From Belfast/Newtownards Ulsterbus Service no 10.  See Translink for timetables. 


Online booking fee applies.

All details subject to change.

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