The Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin

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Immerse yourself in the world of textile-based craft on our three day tour to Dublin. As well as giving you the opportunity to spend two full days at the unmissable Knitting and Stitching Show, we have also arranged a special programme of expert talks, yarn tastings and visits ensuring that textile lovers of all kinds, from novice knitters and wanna-be weavers to expert embroiderers and skilled stitchers will return home refreshed and inspired.

The beautiful quilt featured in the centre of our banner is Lily Pond, pieced and quilted by Janette Chilver (pattern by Quiltworx), which was awarded third place at the 2017 edition of Festival of Quilts Show. You can find out more about the quilt and Janette's work here



Knitted at Nineteen by Theresa!
Theresa, in her Guinness jumper, knitted at nineteen!
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Festival of Quilt winning designs Knitting and Stitching Show 2018

The Knitting and Stitching Show Dublin is the biggest and longest running textile event in Ireland. Encompassing all manner of textile disciplines from crochet and embroidery to patchwork, felt-making, shibori dyeing and quilting, this show has something for anyone with an interest in textile craft.

Be inspired by work from leading textile artists shown across 13 professionally curated textile galleries, including the Royal School of Needlework, Jo Beattie, Studio 21, the Festival of Quilts and the Irish Patchwork Society.

Learn new skills at one of the hundreds of workshops and demonstrations on offer. With everything from knitting and crochet drop-ins to sessions promising to teach you the art of tailoring, there is no better place to get hands-on and crafty.

Stock up your yarn stash, re-fill your haberdashery collection and refresh your patchwork supplies at over 150 craft stands.

We have arranged door to door transport on both days so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the show.

Festival of Quilt displays Knitting and Stitching Show 2018

This gem of a museum is home to what is widely considered to be the finest collection of manuscripts and books to be made by any private collector in the 20th century. Divided into three areas, Western, East Asian and Islamic, it contains representative samples of the world’s artistic, religious and secular heritage from about 2700 BC to the present day.  Highlights include some of the earliest sources on papyrus for the bible, more than 260 complete and fragmentary Qur’ans, some dating from the late eighth and ninth centuries and the largest collection of jade books from the Imperial Court outside China.

The Chester Beatty Library is free and open until 5pm. 

Maureen Lee Fabric Affair

Life-long sewer, fabric-lover and quilter, Margaret Lee is the founder of event retailer Fabric Affair, which specialises in selling artisan woven Donegal Tweed to crafters. Working closely with family-run weavers McNutt of Donegal, she commissions exclusive collections in traditional Donegal Tweed textiles and also creates tweed textile designs for publications such as British Patchwork and Quilting and Today’s Quilter.

We have arranged for Margaret to come the hotel on the first evening of the tour to talk us about the unusual craft of wool quilting and show us some of her remarkable collection of fabric and quilts.

Margaret will also give everyone a 10% Fabric Affair voucher to use at the Knitting & Stitching Show.

This is Knit Powerscourt

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This is Knit is a mother-and-two-daughter yarn store based in the beautiful surroundings of the Powerscourt Townhouse in the centre of Dublin.

"We are delighted to bring our local customers a select range of top quality brands from around the world and to tempt them with home-grown offerings from local hand dyers, spinners and mills," enthuse Jenny, Jacqui and Lisa. "We also thoroughly enjoy helping visitors to Ireland find that perfect souvenir from their trip from among our broad selection of yarns and accessories."

The shop also runs a lively programme of events and we have arranged for you to visit the store for a private Yarn Tasting where you will be able to try out three different Irish yarns, learn about how each is sourced, their various characteristics and what type of projects they are most suitable for. The tasting will last about one hour and there will be plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits too. 

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Mount Usher Gardens Ireland November 2018

One of the great gardens of Ireland – and a particular favourite of BBC Gardener’s World presenter Monty Don – Mount Usher on the banks of the River Vartry was created in the mid-1880s by Edward Usher. Inspired by the natural cottage garden ideas of ‘wild’ gardener William Robinson, Mount Usher is delightfully informal and natural, boasting an abundance of wildlife, including otters and kingfishers, as well as more than 5,000 varieties of trees and plants.

When we visit in November, the garden will be bursting with autumn colour and you will be treated to a private guided tour with the Head Gardener who will talk to you about the magnificent tree collection and the history of the garden.  

After the tour you will be able to relax in the cosy Avoca Garden Cafe and indulge in a spot of retail therapy at specialist shops including the Avoca Bakery Food Market, AB Soap Studio and Oska.

Dublin City

Set in the heart of Dublin city centre, a short stroll from famous landmarks such as Croke Park stadium, Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green, the 3* Academy Plaza Hotel is the perfect base for this tour. The bedrooms are comfortable and contemporary, while the public rooms include the relaxed Plaza Bar & Grill and Oscar’s Restaurant, which serves traditional Irish cuisine with an interesting modern flair.

Dublin City views

Day One

Arrive into Dublin Airport and transfer to Academy Plaza Hotel off Upper O'Connell St where you will meet your  ECT tour manager

Afternoon at leisure - suggested visit to nearby Chester Beatty Library

17.30 - tea/coffee and biscuits at the hotel, followed by 'show & tell' with Margaret Lee

Evening - 'get together' dinner at the hotel

Day Two

AM - breakfast at the hotel 

09:30 - depart hotel for the Knitting & Stitching Show at RDS Dublin

10:30 - option to return to the hotel for a day at leisure

17:00 - depart Knitting & Stitching Show for Yarn Tasting event at This is Knit. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served.

18:30 approx - return to the hotel for dinner

Day Three 

AM - breakfast at the hotel

09:30 - depart hotel for the Knitting & Stitching Show at RDS Dublin

17:00 - depart Knitting & Stitching Show for hotel

Dinner at the hotel

Day Four

09:00 - depart hotel after breakfast 

10.30 - visit to Mount Usher Garden. Time at leisure to explore the gardens, shops and have lunch at the cafe. 

13:30 - depart Mount Usher Gardens for  Dublin airport and return flights to UK



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All flights arrive into Dublin Airport and include baggage allowance of 10kg cabin bag and 20kg checked bag. 

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2018 Prices

Flights from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Manchester from £755 

Flights from Bristol, London Heathrow from £785

Flights from Gatwick from £825

Single room supplement £57.50 per night

Tour Includes

  • Return flights with Aer Lingus with 10kg cabin bag and 20kg checked bag
  • Local return airport transfer from Dublin airport to hotel
  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • 2 days entrance to The Knitting & Stitching Show
  • 2 days return coach transfers from hotel to show
  • Arrival evening 'show & tell' with Maureen Lee
  • 10% voucher from Fabric Affair to use at the show
  • Yarn tasting event at This is Knit
  • 20% voucher from Apple Tree Crafts to use at the show
  • Visit and entrance to Mount Usher Gardens
  • Services of an ECT tour manager