Wee Yarn Designs

Textiles

Debbie McCann is the designer/maker behind Wee Yarn Designs. Based in County Down, Debbie designs and creates contemporary hand knit accessories in natural yarns, Dorset button jewellery and artwork. Debbie also facilitates workshops and demonstrations in this fascinating, heritage craft.

Bio

Debbie graduated from the Ulster University, Belfast where she studied Fashion & Textile Design, specialising in Constructed Textiles. She designs and creates hand knit accessories, with ranges for adults, children and babies.

In 2015 Debbie discovered the Dorset Button…. she soon became hooked and as well as designing a range of Dorset Button jewellery and artwork, she facilitates workshops and demonstrations in this fascinating, heritage craft.

She has worked with museums, schools, local theatre companies and craft groups with participants ranging in age from 12 – 85!

Using an earthy colour palette based on the use of yarns such as merino, silk, cashmere, and alpaca, Debbie also uses hand-dyed yarn sourced near her home in County Down.

Debbie’s hand-crafted accessories exhibit a clear contemporary edge while still acknowledging use of traditional hand-crafted skills.

Address

Debbie McCann

Wee Yarn Designs

6 Dorwood Park

Newtownards, Co Down

BT23 7BE

Opening Hours

Debbie’s studio at home is not open to be public.

Please contact her directly for any product or workshop enquiries.

Where to Buy My Work

The Craft Room, Comber

Inklover, Hillsborough

Inklover, Moira

Ulster Folk Museum, Holywood

 

  • Events
  • Commissions / Workshops / Private bookings

WORKSHOPS

The Craft Room – 10 Castle Street, Comber, County Down

Thursday 29th June 2023 – 7.00 – 9.30pm

Thursday 31st August 2023 – 7.00 – 9.30pm

Thursday 23rd November – 7.00 -9.30pm (Christmas Decorations)

£35 per person, all materials included

Bookings can be made by calling into The Craft Room or online at thecraftroomcomber.com

Ewe Momma – The Butter Market, Down Street, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Saturday 1st July 2023 – 2.00-5.00

£40 per person, all materials included

Bookings can be made by calling into Ewe Momma or online at

Workshop – Dorset Buttons – EweMomma

 

DEMONSTRATIONS

Garden Show Ireland, Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim

Saturday 17th June 2023 – 10.30-12.30

Free of charge

Helen’s Bay Walled Garden, Craigdarragh Road, Helen’s Bay

Saturday 29th July 2023 – time TBC

Free of charge

North Down Museum, Bangor Castle – Valentine Road, Bangor, County Down

Sunday 6th August 2023 – 12.00-4.00pm

Free of charge

 

 MARKETS & CRAFT FAIRS

Creative Peninsula Craft in the Square

Conway Square, Newtownards

Friday 4th August 2023 – 4.00-9.00pm

Elmfield Market

Elmfield Estate, Moyallan Road, Gilford

Saturday 12th August 2023 – 10.00-3.00

North Down Craft Collective Summer Art & Craft Fair

Bangor Court House, Quay Street, Bangor

Sunday 20th August 2023 – 12.00-5.00

 

 

Debbie has been facilitating Dorset Button making workshops and demonstrations throughout Northern Ireland since 2015. She has worked with a variety of groups from hen parties to school children to large groups of elderly participants living with dementia. Participants are given a short introduction to the history of the craft and are then guided in the creation of their own piece of jewellery or artwork to take home. If you are interested in learning more about this heritage craft or to book a workshop for your organisation contact Debbie directly.

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