At the shop entrance you will be welcomed by a quirky, half open Dutch door and vibrant window display. Once inside, see above, you will receive a warm welcome from Ann McGonigle, pictured above, owner and crafter at Glendowen. Items on display range from jewellery, stylish wraps, and hats of all colours, perfume, intricate wall hangings, books and paintings.
A Passion For Craft At Glendowen, Inishowen
Ann describes that “A love and knowledge of craft was harboured from a young age”. Having suffered from Asthma as a child, Ann spent much time at home. To prevent boredom, her late mother, a talented crafter, began to encourage her daughter from the age of 6 to sew and crochet. Over the years Ann’s work with tweed, wool and other materials intensified. In 1997 Glendowen was established and work began out of the current studio in 2004. Inspiration for her work, stems from traditions passed down through the generations, from the Inishowen Landscape and as Ann states a little from the “style magazines read every Sunday morning”
Ann describes how she was always “Mad about Donegal Tweed & Knitwear” and wanted to find a way to combine both materials, which was skilfully achieved, starting with jackets and tunics. Ann would later specialise in a range of ladies’ garments including; hats, scarves, bags and jewellery that you will notice has a unique hand-crochet finish.
Inspired By Locals And Visitors At Glendowen Craft Shop, Inishowen
On display are many items inspired by requests made by friends and visitors. Products range from button earrings covered in tweed and wool, dicky bows, pictured above, and a selection of adorable bandanas and bow ties tailored for pets. Other gift style purchases are tweed & wool based book covers, wine holders and a personal favourite; small sacks of turf, see below.
You will notice that each sack, pictured above, is made from tweed, containing tiny hand cut pieces of turf, with a unique badge attached to the front. Coupled with a wealth of tempting handcrafted items to purchase, Ann’s engagement and focus on ensuring that each “visitor goes out the door with a feel good factor” will ensure you have a memorable experience during your time in Inishowen.Glendowen Craft Studio