Swallow Studios - Hand-Crafted Textiles is located in Annayalla Co Monaghan. It is workshop to textile artist and hand-weaver Liz Christy, a colourful gem surrounded by rolling drumlin hills and hidden lakes.
Well known for her colourful hand-woven scarves Liz is inspired by art and in particular, paintings by her favourite painter, Claude Monet. She has also designed a collection of scarves inspired by her much loved drumlins hills of County Monaghan and of course, the beautiful Bragan, the raised bog mountain in the north of the county.
Very proud of her county's lace making heritage, Liz has designed a range which is a tribute to that heritage, The Renaissance Collection which is a woven lace using fine cottons and authentic Donegal spun wools.
What makes the studios an interesting place to visit, is that as well as being able to buy Liz Christy Scarves, you will see them being created in the workshop. If Liz is dyeing in her unique style, she is happy to demonstrate. You may hear the clacking of the flying shuttle or you may see the quiet concentration as she threads a loom. No matter what Liz is working on, she is always delighted to welcome visitors and show them around the workshop.
Swallow Studios, just outside Castleblayney is an attraction for locals and visitors alike where you will be sure to see the craft of hand-weaving come alive. It is a place where you can find a special hand-crafted gift, made by Liz or one of her artisan friends. Find gifts of meaning and quality, locally crafted by dedicated craftspeople.
You will also find the popular LizzyC Sheep Gift Collection at home in Swallow Studios. This ever popular sheepy gift range has travelled far and wide from home at the studios. Brooches, keychains, fridge magnets, Christmas ornaments and now new to the flock are the 'The Ramblin' Sheep' _ all available to buy in the studios shop as well as the best craft shops throughout the country and beyond.
Opening hours are 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, but if you are coming a distance to meet her, please do phone first as from time to time she may be gallivanting to gather inspiration. For weekend opening call Liz on 0876821563 and she will be happy to open and demonstrate on the loom, if available.
The GPS co-ordinates for your SAT NAV are: N54˚09.922’ & W006˚47.800’
There is parking available and bus tours/large groups are welcome by pre arrangement.
Tel 00353 42 9746614 Mobile 087 6821563 Email: email@example.com