1st Prize Knitting & Crochet Award in the 2012 RDS National Crafts Competition

I've mentioned in a previous post about my entry in the 2012 RDS National Crafts Competition. At that time, back in June, I only knew that my work has been selected for exhibition in the RDS Discover Ireland Horse Show 15-19th August.

The Awards Ceremony took place on the 9th of August in the RDS Concert Hall and … THE WINNER in the Knitting & Crochet Category IS CAMELIA SHANAHAN. Wow! My entry in the most prestigious Irish crafts competition Romancing the Lace Collection – “Peacock Walk” won the 1st Prize.  

THE WINNER : Romancing the Lace Collection – “Peacock Walk”

Camelia Shanahan - RDS 2012 National Craft Competition 1st PrizeRDS 2012 1st Prize Knitting & Crochet - Peacock Walk

"Camelia strives to give the 21st century Irish woman confidence to express her femininity.RDS Award winning designer Camelia Shanahan

Inspired by the exotic beauty of peacocks, Romancing the Lace Collection – “Peacock Walk” is a sleeveless dress with a fitted bodice. The design flares into a full skirt suggesting peacock’s fabulous plumage. It is hand crocheted in rayon in the traditional Irish method resembling the smoothness and high lustre of silk.RDS Awards 1st Prize Knitting & Crochet Camelia Shanahan

Majestic and graceful, feathered in style, “Peacock Walk” brings true sophistication borrowed from the grandeur and elegance of nature."

And to my delight I was also awarded the RDS 2012 New Entrants’ Prize. A double win for me in the competition!Camelia Shanahan RDS 2012 New Entrants' Prize

To round it all up, the winning entries will form a Travelling Exhibition between September and mid-December 2012 and will be featured at the:

– Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Cruachan Ai, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon from 21st September to 14th October

– Castlecomer Discovery Park, The Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny from 28th October to 18th November.


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Irish based knitwear designer
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8 Responses to 1st Prize Knitting & Crochet Award in the 2012 RDS National Crafts Competition

  1. Many congratulations Camelia. The lace is absolutely fantas
    tic. I can knit and crochet but nothing like that

  2. Tertia Butler says:

    Congratulations Camelia, I am from South Africa & love to crochet & knit, my level is intermediate, but I do not have your skill of creating my own patterns, I am also unemployed & crochet for an small income . Will you be prepared to share some of your creations patterns with me , in an ebook even if it is at a price. Do you accept paypal payments. You are an great designer I feel a little jealous of your talent, it is definately an talent it’s beatiful.T Butler

  3. Camelia says:

    Thank you so much, Carol.

  4. Camelia says:

    Hello, Tertia. It’s great to get in touch with so many crochet lovers. This is the main purpose of my blog.
    Well done on your crochet work! I know it’s not easy to make yourself noticed, so your work must be good if you manage to sell it :-).
    I don’t know what patterns you’d be interested in… I have lots of flower patterns posted on my blog… or, is it bigger items that you’d be looking for? I have a few patterns for sale in my Store, check it out at https://melibondre.com/blog/?page_id=1153. They are in pdf format and have losts of detailed photos. Payments are processed with Paypal. Thanks,

  5. Katerina says:

    Your dress is really a first prize piece!!!!! Soooo beautiful!!!!

  6. Ann says:


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