Explorer Beastie at Niki Collier's Studio

A Bit of Local Colour

Explorer Beastie With Some Felt Gems - CrawCrafts BeastiesWith Paddy and Plunkett enjoying some well-earned rest after their last round of travels, it’s been left to me and Explorer Beastie to come up with an adventure to share with you this week! Fortunately, we didn’t have to go too far to find something interesting… In fact, we barely had to leave our own neighbourhood!

My friend and fellow craftsperson Niki Collier (who I featured recently in my guest post for craft magazine Olann And’s blog) recently relocated to a new studio space, and she decided it was high time she had a “studio-warming” gathering to celebrate her move. So of course Explorer Beastie and I had to go for a nosey!

The first thing that caught our eye was the impressive Wall of Tools – look at all those scissors! I promise I only experienced a little bit of craft den envy!
Explorer Beastie and the Wall of Scissors - CrawCrafts BeastiesThere are also plenty of Niki’s finished pieces dotted around the studio. That meant there was lots to keep a curious Beastie entertained…
All The Felt - CrawCrafts Beasties…While the grown-ups talked out the angles of a future collaborative project! Can any of you guess who this Beastie might be?
A Beastie in the Making - CrawCrafts BeastiesOne of my favourite pieces in the studio was this little tree.
The Felting Tree - CrawCrafts BeastiesNiki made this when she started felting. Each leaf was contributed by another crafter, and has notes on the back about the properties of the wool used to make it – what breed of sheep it came from, the length of the fibres – as well as the name of the person who donated it. What a great way to learn!

Once we’d seen everything there was to see in Niki’s studio, it was time for us to go and inflict ourselves on the people who occupy the other half of this building!
In The Leatherworkers' Studio - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis is the home of RJ Mooney Leathers, and their workshop is incredibly cool! Explorer Beastie had fun checking out all the different leathers…
Explorer Beastie Checks Out the Goods - CrawCrafts Beasties… And look at the machinery! Talk about a vintage-lover’s paradise!
Vintage Singer Sewing Machines - CrawCrafts BeastiesApparently they are all still in perfect working order, too! I’d love to come back and see them in action on a proper work day!

Tour completed, there was time for a quick cup of tea before we headed for home. Since the sun was out, we decided to stroll back along the canal – a great end to a super afternoon!
Walking Home Along the Canal - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis weekend we’ll be heading to The Grand Social on Liffey Street for the Ha’Penny Market – hope you’ll join us there if you’re in town! Otherwise we’ll see you again on Tuesday, when I hope to have new Beasties to share (AT LAST!)…