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Calendar Customs: Make a Harvest Knot

Selection of harvest knots from workshops

Learn about Lúnasa customs! Find out about the harvest home, the last sheaf and make your own harvest knots through a mixture of online, video and facilitated sessions.   


Activity at a Glance

Level:  Junior Cycle and Transition Year
Group Size: To be negotiated 
Location: Virtual Session
Duration: 60 mins
10min video
40min workshop
10min Q & A
Availability: September 2021
Times: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm
Booking: Booking required
Accessibility: Hands-on

Make a Booking:

To book this workshop and to find out available dates contact the Booking and Information Office at educationtph@museum.ie


Curriculum Links: 

History, Art


Learning Outcomes: 

  • Discuss festivals in general; identify the reasons why harvest knots were made. 
  • Know the time of year they were produced, recognize the material used to make them and see the different styles of the knots 
  • Learn how to make a Compass Plait Harvest Knot and receive appropriate guidance leading to a completed project
  • Discuss their own work and the work of their classmate.
  • Discuss what the students will do with their completed knot
  • Review the content of the workshop

Pre-Visit Resources:

  • Watch short video of how to make a harvest knot here 

  • When you book the event we will get materials to your school 
    *Materials: Straw required (needs to be soaked for 2hrs), string, ribbon. 


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