The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts: 40 projects to make at home

Be inspired by traditional Irish craft with a modern twist.

Nothing compares with the pleasure and satisfaction of making something yourself, and for years the Irish Countrywomen’s Association has been at the forefront of Irish craft. This beautiful book is an inspiring collection of projects from ICA members that introduce traditional Irish crafts in a fresh, modern way. From making your own jewellery and embroidered cushions, to crochet hats and handmade Christmas decorations, ‘The ICA Book of Crafts’ contains 40 practical projects to inspire you to have a go.

Many of the ideas are simple enough to be tackled by beginners; some are more of a labour of love. Try your hand at a patchwork quilt, beautiful children’s Aran jumper or delicate Carrickmacross lace or add finishing touches to your home with redwork embroidery, fabric covered boxes or seasonal decorations.


Captured in beautiful, atmospheric photographs, the projects in this book show how you can make your own soft furnishings, clothing, festive decorations and much more.


Founded in 1910 the Irish Countrywomen’s Association celebrated its centenary in 2010. With over 11,000 members, 27 Federations (or County Committees) and 553 Guilds around the country, the ICA has played a pivotal role in supporting Irish craft and keeping traditional skills alive.

Mercier Press is Ireland’s oldest independent publishing house, based in Cork. In 2014 Mercier Press is celebrating 70 years in business.

The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts: 40 projects to make at home is published in hardback at €22.99 and is also available in eBook format from all the major outlets.

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