We were absolutely honoured to host Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably in our village in March 2019

They were due to return to us this July 2020 but due to circumstances that visit is now delayed. We will post info here and on social media as soon as we have it

They were gracious, fun, creative and generous with their knowledge and skills. We learned a lot from hosting them and from participating in their classes. Feedback from other participants was brilliant and we were keen to welcome them back. That visit will have to wait but be assured we are keeping in contact with them and are working on a reschedule of the event.

We highly recommend watching this space for another visit from the duo

Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably 

Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy, Co.Wicklow, March 2019.


The incredible Kaffe comes to Newtownmountkennedy

Whether you love his style or not, whether you love bright colours and bold patterns, or not, there will be lots to learn from the only modern designer to be permanantly featured in the world famous Victoria & Albert Museum.
The San Francisco-born, England-resident textile artists show took place at the V&A Museum in 1988, when he acquired the distinction of being the first living textile artist to have a dedicated exhibition at that august institute. It broke attendance records for the museum, and subsequently toured several countries, and now, we are bringing him to you.

We are so excited that we have had to make ourselves numb in order to do all the work involved in organising such an incredible once in a lifetime (hopefully not!) event. Read on for more info on the events, what you need to bring and how to book.

 The series of events includes a lecture on Colour & Inspiration on Monday evening the 4th of March, followed by 2 days of workshops on Green Diamonds from his Quilts In Ireland book and Hexagons from his Quilts in Morocco book.
Kaffe and Brandon Mably will both be in attendance and will be available for book signing after the lecture.

Colour & Inspiration Lecture

Brandon Mably, Kaffe’s Studio Manager, will begin the lecture with a warm-up introduction, followed by a slide show with Kaffe showing approx 120 images. The show will last for just over an hour and will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Books will be available for purchase after the lecture.

Lecture takes place on Monday evening the 4th of March at 7pm.

Please arrive 30 mins early


Kaffe & Brandon will use most of the class time to teach about the arrangement of fabrics, to develop each participant’s own personal colour palette to help you make your own original designs.

No sewing takes please during the class so no sewing machines needed.

Each workshop is one full day, with running time from 9:30 – 12:30 with an hour for lunch, then 13:30 – 16:30 on Tuesday, on Wednesday times will run 30 minutes earlier with a start time of 9am. Please arrive 30 minutes early to allow for set up and a prompt start.

Together, Brandon and Kaffe will teach up to 30 students. Each participant will have ample cutting space but more importantly, enough wall space to hang and work on their own design wall.
Kaffe and Brandon will focus on a different quilt pattern during each workshop so see details below to see which one is your preferred. You will need the book that features the quilt and this can be ordered at time of booking. We do not have book prices yet, we are contacting publishers and will let you know when we get more info.

At present due to strong interest, we can only allocate 1 workshop per person. If you are interested in the other workshop please let us know and we will will try our best to offer them on a first come first served basis.


Workshop 1 – Green Diamonds
Tues March 5th, 9.30 – 4.30
This workshop will focus on this stunning quilt from Kaffe’s book Quilt in Ireland. It’s going to be really exciting to see how Kaffe advises getting those diamonds flowing into each-other. We can’t wait to see this in all the different colourways that will appear during the workshop!



Workshop 2 – Mediterranean Hexagons
Wed March 6th, 9 – 4pm, PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE from 9.30am to  9am

This workshop will focus on a really fun pattern, ideal for using those big blowsy prints from Kaffe’s book Quilts in Morocco. This is a great opportunity to show off large prints and will be a boundary pusher for many of us!


How much does it cost and how do I book?

Tickets to all events can be booked through the shop in person or by phone by calling (00353) +12810060. Shop hours are Tues to Sat 10-5.30

Tickets to the lecture are priced at €30

Workshops are €155 each including lunch, you will need a design wall and a book.

We can provide these for €13 and €20 respectively.

Accommodation is available in the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy

Payment in full must be made at time of booking to secure a place for both lecture and workshops. Unfortunately we cannot hold a place on either event without it. Tickets to all events are non-refundable and non-transferable.

For the workshop you will need lots of fabulous fabrics so bring whatever you have but don’t precut anything, wait until you get started.
Kaffe and Brandon like to help you pick out fabrics and may advise/encourage you to purchase more on the day to get your fabric selection just right.

We don’t like to be surprised with unexpected expenses and we wouldn’t do that to you either, so please be aware that you may need to buy extra fabric during the workshops.

We will have our shop set up so there will be plenty of Kaffe and other fabrics to choose from although we know many of you have significant Kaffe stashes already!!

Here’s some info from Kaffe’s team…

“Some participants prefer that they know beforehand exactly what fabrics to bring, but the principle of this class is to inspire creativity and work instinctively. We don’t have a theory or work from a planned recipe. We all like different fabrics and colours for different reasons and so we should! The best suggestion we could give participants is to bring a wide selection of large scale prints in either bright/light colours or dark/richer colours. It’s much easier to have more fabrics to play with in the class and be able to eliminate. Kaffe and Brandon will help participants shop in the class, so leave some choices to them. Please DO NOT cut fabrics before the class.”

Well, that’s just too exciting, there are not enough exclamation marks for this.
We can’t wait for March, WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

See you all in the Parkview,
Sinead, Trina & Marie