Longford designer wins prestigious award

Longford designer wins prestigious award

Talented local  textile designer, Patricia Cox, possibly best known from The Baldy Sheep wool shop, New Street, Longford, received the prestigious Eleanor de la Branchardière Award at the 2016 RDS Craft Awards, during a ceremony held at the RDS Concert Hall, on July 12.


The Eleanor de la Branchardière Award is awarded for excellence and innovation in a lace entry.

Patricia was delighted when her entry, Wreckless Abandon, was selected for inclusion in the RDS exhibition. 

Her design is an Irish crochet lace neck piece in cotton thread, integrating washers, jubilee clips, screws and beads, using traditional techniques. 

It has been a busy year and a half for Patricia. This is her second time to be a finalist at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition. Patricia’s piece Fionnula, a merino wool hand knit lace dress, was exhibited at the 2015 RDS Craft Awards. Patricia also exhibited at The Knit and Stitch Show 2015, RDS, Dublin as part of the DCCOI Thread Song Exhibition and, in 2016, at The Model, Sligo with her piece Iarmhaireacht.The RDS annual competition rewards excellence in Irish craft. The exhibition will be held during the Dublin Horse Show, from July 20 to 24, then travels to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Co Mayo from August 9 to November 13. Additionally each winning design, including Patricia’s piece, will be exhibited at the National Crafts & Design Fair, held at the RDS from November 30 to December 4