Limerick entrepreneurs craft new business from DIY ethic

Mike Dwane


Mike Dwane

A NEW business set up by two Limerick women is responding to the return to the DIY ethic brought about by the recession.

A NEW business set up by two Limerick women is responding to the return to the DIY ethic brought about by the recession.

The Crafty Koop - established this year by Kathryn Dalton, a graphic designer, and florist Siobhan Downey - runs craft classes which allow participants learn new skills in a sociable environment.

“Crafting is very fashionable at the moment. In London, social craft classes are the new girls’ night out and this trend can be seen throughout Ireland,” explained Kathryn, who lives in Bruree.

“It is certainly not fuddy-duddy, in fact the opposite. You will see crafting all over the catwalks and the fashion magazines. And I suppose it’s very much tied in with the recession and people going back to basics and back to their roots,” said Kathryn, whose own taste for traditional crafts is inherited from her grandmother.

“It’s about learning how to make things pretty and interesting on the cheap and in so doing you are learning a new skill which you can take forward with you. Upstyling is very much in at the moment, where you take the clothes that are currently in your wardrobe and change them into something that fits in with the latest styles - and more and more women are getting into that now.”

The Crafty Koop will be working with Limerick hotels in 2013 on craft-themed hen nights.

“Limerick is actually one of the most popular destinations in the country right now for hen nights and hotels get a lot of bookings. What we would offer is craft classes as part of a hen which might show you how to make a fascinator for a hat. Or we have Fancy Pants classes where we will basically show you how to decorate your knickers with diamante, ribbons and so on,” said Kathryn.

Before all of that, Crafty Koop is running a series of seasonal craft classes in Limerick and Clare in the run-up to Christmas. These “domestic goddess” evening classes - taking place at No. 1 Pery Square hotel and Bunratty Cookery School over the coming weeks - will demonstrate how to make Christmas wreaths, mantel displays and table centrepieces to wow visitors over the holiday season. All materials, elements and tools are supplied and all floral items created in the class are the participants to take home and enjoy. Tea, coffee and light bites are also provided during the three-hour classes which are limited in size to ensure everybody gets individual attention.

Christmas classes can be booked online at or by calling Kathryn on 087 9690121.

The Crafty Koop will also have a stall at the Limerick Georgian Quarter Christmas Market, Pery Square, from November 23 to 25. The stall will be overflowing with beautiful handmade wreaths, table centres, tree decoration and much more. Handmade gifts can also be purchased through the website or at the Christmas shop at No. 1 Pery Square.