Johnny Shiels

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Curriculum Strands:
Continuity and change over time (History)
Counties catered for:
Classes catered for:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

On a visit from Johnny, the children learn all about wool where it comes from, how its spun, how its coloured and finally how it is woven into an item that we can wear! The children assist Johnny in assembling the Donegal Spinning Wheel and get to see it in action. Johnny brings an assortment of hand-spun and naturally-dyed wool - using dandelion and onion skins in to the classroom for the children to handle and discuss.

The children also learn how a loom works, how to make a drop spindle (a tool used for spinning wool) and participate in a spinning and weaving session. Each child gets the opportunity to weave a simple wall hanging or headband. The visit ends with an entertaining quiz about what the children have learned during the session.


  • "Very worthwhile, informative and enjoyable day for the children."
  • "It was great for our children to experience weaving and learn about its history."
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  • "Johnny is an expert in his field and keeps children and staff intrigued with his abundance of knowledge and great communication skills." - Scoil an Aingil Choimheádaí, Donegal

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
074 937 4769
086 161 8715