The Ballytoughey loom is a small cottage industry producing
high quality natural fibre hand woven goods.
I have been trading for the last 15 years and have established and
international reputation for my work. My focus is primarily on colour and
pattern and for the most part each piece is unique. My range of work runs
from very fine silk to home grown, home spun and naturally dyed rugs.
Situated on Clare Island in an unspoiled environment with a population of
140 people affords a unique opportunity both in the landscape and the people
for an intimate experience of inspiration. We have a small farm of sheep
which is a ready resource of wool for spinning and the land has many
indigenous plants for dye materials.
I am actively involved with the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Irish
Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers and do regular shows both here and
abroad. As well, we have a small outlet at our workshop on Clare
Island which is open from April to October and otherwise by appointment offering the visitor an opportunity to see the work in progress and purchase from the small retail facility attached.
During the year we offer courses in natural dying, spinning, and hand weaving and cater to small groups and individuals.