Keeping bees

Our apiary
Our apiary

We created an apiary to keep bees. From our bees we get both honey and wax. Honey is delicious and useful in our cooking and baking, or even medicinal. Wax we can use in a multitude of ways, for example for making candles, treat wood or textiles.

first honey harvest 2021
Our first honey harvest 2021

We only extracted about 5% of the honey in our hives this year, as it is the first year for this apiary and we want to increase the probability that our bees survive winter and thrive next year.

Craft Month Workshop

Nature’s Little Crafts is Tracey King and Mikael Fernström. We work with range of crafts and materials. Textile (wool, spinning, felting), Ceramics, Wood, Metal. We are inspired by nature and working with nature.

Workshops are held outdoors, in our Fairy Garden.

During Craft Month 2021 (August), we are offering one workshop every Thursday, 3 hours, from 12:00 noon to 15:00 (subject to weather conditions).

Booking is essential. To book, email info@natureslittlecrafts.com.

€20 per person.

Max 5 participants per workshop.

Workshops are held outdoors.

You can pick and choose from the following activities:

Wool

  • Make a wool fairy
  • Spin wool on drop spindle
  • Make a crochet bracelet
  • Make a needle felted mushroom
  • Metal
  • Make a bronze spiral pin
  • Make a bronze double-spiral brooch

All materials are included.

Workshop outline

  • Introduction to materials and tools.
  • Demonstration
  • Step-by-step tutorial
  • Do it yourself!

You will also have the opportunity to meet our wool producers Pinky, Baarbee, Ramboo and Willow.

Willow, Baarbe and Pinky

Location:

Teach na Aireagàn
Derreennaclogh
Ballydehob
Co. Cork, P81RY97
IRELAND

The Fairy Garden

Making wool

Wool comes from sheep, goats and possibly some other animals with soft and curly fur. It’s normally sheared (a haircut). The wool is then cleaned and washed, which is quite a lengthy and sometimes smelly process.


When the wool has dried, it’s either used as is, or dyed, preferably using natural dyes, for example, onion skins, elderberries or woad. The list of possible vegetable dyes is almost endless and there is always room for experimentation.


We then card the wool, which means straightening out the fibers to make them usable for spinning or felting.

Needlefelting

Materials

  • Wool
  • Felting needle. It’s a special type of needle with microscopic barbs that help pull wool fibers back into themselves.
  • Backing foam. A work surface that prevents you from stabbing yourself.

Procedure

  1. Take a pinch of wool.
  2. Shape it with your fingers.
  3. Use the needle to work the fibers into themselves.
  4. More ideas how to do it, here

Spinning

Materials

  • Wool
  • There are many different tools for spinning. From a simple drop spindle to a spinning wheel.

Procedure

  1. Take a pinch of wool and stretch it with your fingers.
  2. Twist the wool with your fingers.
  3. When it starts to look&feel like a piece of yarn, add it to your spindle.
  4. Spin your spindle around, add more wool to the open end.
  5. Roll up your finished yarn on your spindle.