It’s Official

Press Release

 Introducing Olann and – Ireland’s first fibre and craft magazine

 Cork, Ireland (1 September 2015) – Lora Millar and Deirdre McArdle are excited to introduce Ireland’s first online fibre and craft magazine – Olann and.  The magazine will actively promote the Irish fibre and craft industry with an emphasis on fibre crafts like knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning and dyeing.

 “Olann and will fill a gap in the Irish fibre and craft industry. The sector is vibrant and full of superb producers, designers, yarn shop owners and many independent crafters. With Olann and we want to draw attention to what’s going on in Ireland and herald the people who are making wonderful produce and crafts,” says Lora.

 Launching in November, this bi-monthly magazine will be packed full of the latest fibre news and trends. Each issue will include at least three patterns from Irish designers (and potentially other well-known European and British designers) using easily sourced yarns, and two craft ‘makes’. Other features will include: meet the designer, local yarn shop in the spotlight, yarn review, dates for the diary and an ‘on the road’ feature reviewing craft events and courses.

 Although the focus of the magazine will be on fibre related crafts, Olann and will also feature news, trends and makes from crafts including sewing, paper craft, soap making and felting to name but a few.

 “Olann and will be a great resource for Irish crafters who want to know more about their local and national market. Our focus on local yarn shops, producers and designers will help to create a closer craft network, where buyers and sellers find out more about each other,” says Deirdre. “We’re also aiming the content at readers from the UK and the US who may be interested in finding out more about the craft industry in Ireland; where they can find local yarn shops, craft courses and events.”

 The bi-monthly magazine will be complemented by a regular blog where Lora and Deirdre will be posting about yarns, patterns, news and trends. The blog will also feature quick ‘makes’ with step-by-step guides.

 If you’re a local yarn shop, a designer, producer or craftsperson and would like to feature in Olann and or the blog you can send your details to deirdre@olannand.ie or lora@olannand.ie. If you’d like to talk to about advertising in the magazine or on the blog, email advertising@olannand.ie for more details. 

 About us

Lora Millar is a former local yarn shop owner, and just recently closed her yarn shop, Knit after 10 years in business to concentrate on new ventures and family.  Describing herself as obsessed by fibre, Lora’s mission in life is to feed her addiction with all aspects of fibre crafting including spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet.  Lora loves passing on her knowledge and particularly loves working with children, hoping to spark their interest.  Lora lives in Lismore with her ever suffering hubby Con, three children Dina, Durahn and Kye and their four dogs.

Deirdre McArdle is a former technology journalist, and is currently working as a copywriter. For the past eight years Deirdre has been a member of the Knit Midleton knitting group, which was held weekly at Lora’s yarn shop Knit.  During that time she has built up a massive stash of yarn, which has invaded every nook and cranny of her house.  Aside from knitting and occasionally crocheting, Deirdre loves sewing, paper craft and more recently, soap making. Deirdre lives in Midelton with her husband and two dogs and has an unhealthy obsession with Pinterest.



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