My name is Grace and I would like to introduce you to my longstanding and ever increasing passion for needlework. For many years I have been making hand sewn gifts for children and this craft has evolved into a small enterprise known as The Owl Tree.
The Owl Tree has been growing in Ireland for many years but has only recently started to flourish and produce owls of many colours, shapes and sizes (along with some other creatures as well).
The seed for The Owl Tree was ‘sewn’ in Ireland more than 100 years ago, and endured through the swirling mists of the Celtic Twilight era. The roots stretch back to The Dun Emer Guild, which was established in 1902 in Dublin by Evelyn Gleeson and Augustine Henry, the renowned botanist. W.B.Yeats’s sisters, Lilly and Elizabeth later joined the guild. My mum, a cousin of Evelyn Gleeson’s, learned the delicate art of Celtic embroidery and the skills of colour shading with Evelyn Gleeson in The Dun Emer Guild.
As a young child I helped design and make all sorts of exciting clothes and toys from small pieces of coloured fabric and yarns. This magic of creating toys and cherished belongings from scraps of fabric lives on. These treasures, which are beloved in many children’s nurseries, are what memories are made of.
While raising a family in the West of Ireland, I continued crafting with my children, adapting colours and design to their increasingly modern tastes, whilst adding new designs to my range of crafts. The Owl Tree has slowly matured and the Galway branch now offers an opportunity to share in this magic.
Around the base of The Owl Tree in Connemara tiny wild flowers have grown. The flowers have been carefully picked, pressed and used to create cards, which are unique and convey thoughtful sentiments suitable for most occasions. What is more simple, honest and heartfelt than a wild flower?
From the seed ‘sewn’ so many years ago, The Owl Tree has blossomed, and now makes it’s unique treasures available to others who wish to create memories and magic of their own. The products crafted in the Owl Tree are designed and individually handmade in Galway, Ireland and all carry The Guaranteed Irish symbol.