An illustrated talk with Fiona McKelvie featuring demonstrations by Rosemary McCartney of Simply Spun, and printing on linen with Lucy Turner at Echlinville Distillery. 

Join us for an afternoon of all things linen in the stunning surroundings of the Echlinville Distillery on the Ards Peninsula. 

Enjoy a refreshing flax seed infused Weaver’s Dry Gin* on arrival before textile specialist Fiona McKelvie leads you on a journey through the history of Irish linen. Exploring the journey from flax flower to table linen you will learn about the design and manufacturing heritage. There will be an opportunity to see and discuss some rather special examples of linen and artefacts, many of museum quality. 

Following a short break, and a 2nd Weaver’s Dry Gin, weaver and spinner Rosemary McCartney of Simply Spun will demonstrate dressing the distaff with flax which will be spun into linen yarn. 

End your afternoon with local print maker Lucy Turner who will guide you through a hands-on activity where you will screen print onto linen making your own unique piece of art to take home.  

*soft drink or alternative choices available 

In conjunction with Linen Biennale Northern Ireland

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Terms and conditions

  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, so please check all details carefully when booking.
  • Please be advised that under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates and times
Echlinville Distillery

£35 (includes materials, and refreshments with Weaver's Dry Gin*)

*soft drinks / alternatives available

Getting to The Linen Thread: Irish Linen, a heritage textile with a future

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Echlinville Distillery

Echlinville Distillery
62 Gransha Road
BT22 1AJ
United Kingdom