Irish Crochet Lace: Motifs from County Monaghan Paperback – 13 Jun 2003
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Of all forms of crochet lace, the form known as "Irish Crochet" is probably the best known. The Irish tradition for producing this work dates back to the 16th century when it was known as "nuns' work" from the fact that the technique and style was developed in Irish convent communities in imitation of continental lace making. The manufacture of crocket lace did not become a cottage industry in Ireland until the middle of the 19th century, after the devastation caused by the Great Famine of the 1840s, when the development of home crafts was encouraged to create some small income for otherwise destitute families. Eithne D'Arcy, who died din 1999, came from a family who were buying agents for Irish crochet lace in the area around Clones in County Monaghan. This area was one of the principal centres of the Irish lace industry. A lifelong involvement with the Irish lace makers inspired her to record her knowledge and describe the traditional motifs and patterns which were gradually being lost as the old lace makers died out.
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The whole book is black and white.
Each motif is broken down with a series of photographs to help along the way. It uses UK stitch notation rather than US notation and there are some abbreviations that seem peculiar to Irish crochet that take some getting used to, in fact the abbreviation p/c is never explicitly explained but I believe it to mean "Padding Cord".
The motifs included in this pattern book are;
Nine looped Flower
4 different roses
needle point motif
three ring shamrock
shamrock centre motif
2 different shamrock & rose sprays
wild rose spray
rose and shamrock flower
rose motif for trimming
mitred fine lace trimming
2 different vandyke mitres
There is also a helpful guide to filling and creating a garment with the motifs.
I would have given 5 stars but for the confusion caused by some of the notation used, but after a bit of reading it becomes clearer.