Irish Crochet and Crochetted Lace


Irish Crochet and Crochetted Lace

Irish crochet is made with a typical crochet hook, but always includes shaped motifs and may have some raised cords or layered bits.  It is usually held together with a chain stitch mesh with picot loops decorating the chains.  The group includes other forms of crochetted lace.

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Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 28, 2015 at 4:47am

Thank you Barbara for that information.  I will see if I can find a copy of the book.

Comment by Barbara C. Hevener on September 26, 2015 at 4:10pm

Regarding hairpin lace--from pages 102-103 of The History of Needlework Tools and Accessories by Sylvia Groves (Arco Publishing, 1966, 1968, 1973):  "An implement used in conjunction with a crochet hook, familiar in former times but now comparatively rare, is the two-pronged fork employed in hairpin-work.  In appearance the tool closely resembles the lucet; indeed, it must be obvious to anyone who is accustomed to lucetting that it was from this that hairpin-work derived.  The implement is in both cases held and revolved in the palm of the hand, though in hairpin-work the loops, formed with the aid of a crochet hook, are not tightened but remain on the fork in a double row.  ... Although popular in Victorian days, hairpin-work is now seldom seen here, but is better known in France and Italy where, instead of the older fork, knitting needles are frequently used.  They are secured in place by means of a regulator; a device consisting of two narrow metal plates fitting over one another and connected by screws.  ... "

Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 26, 2015 at 2:09pm
Lorelei. Thank you for your thoughts. I decided to research crochet and see if that gave me a lead to hairpin. It shows that original knitting needles had hooks on them. Not finished research yet, but this is interesting.
Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 26, 2015 at 2:06pm
Thank you Sally, I do not have Elizabeth's book. I will contact her about this.
Comment by Administrator on September 25, 2015 at 11:21pm

I have my doubts that crochet itself existed as early as Shakespeare's time. Knitting is older. I recall seeing something about Q. Eliz I having knitted stockings with a lace design on the instep. But I can't think of anything in crochet prior to the 19th century. But I admit I am not knowledgeable about knitting crochet or tatting.

Comment by Sally Olsen on September 25, 2015 at 9:52pm

Guide to Lace and Linens by Elizabeth M. Kurella has a brief section on Hairpin Lace on pp. 147 - 148.  "Originally, in the 1870's, it was crocheted over the prongs of an ordinary hairpin - nothing more than a long u-shaped bent wire. ..."   

Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 25, 2015 at 3:27am
Lorelei, thank you for that. I am a member of Ravelry and the hairpin crochet group on there and have asked on there but not had any response yet. I will have to do a further search on their site in case there is something more, I have also asked on the knitting and crochet group on Facebook and although I got a response from one lady, no information has been forthcoming as yet. But there is time and something may come through. It is strange that other crochet, needle, bobbin, tatting and netting origins can be found but not this one. I did read somewhere that it might have been done in Shakespeare times but that did not seem to have any information to substantiate it. And I am a member of the Irish crochet group on Ravelry having done a course with Maire Traenor last year.
Comment by Administrator on September 24, 2015 at 7:01pm

Maureen - I don't know anything about the history of hairpin crochet. But is a network focused primarily on knitting and crochet. I did find that they have at least one group dedicated to it, and 7 more that came up when I did a search, on their network, on hairpin crochet groups. I have no guarantee that any of their members knows the history, but who knows?

Ravelry is free to join. They have a very good Irish crochet group. You probably won't be able to see anything unless you are a member.   

Comment by Maureen Bromley on September 24, 2015 at 7:10am
I will shortly be giving a workshop on hairpin crochet and don't seem to be able to find much in the way of history of it. Does anyone know where I should look. I have a couple of books on hairpin crochet and have looked online but can find very little. I will, of course, give credit to anyone who has carried out and published any research.
Comment by Administrator on June 13, 2015 at 2:17pm

Has anyone seen this book?


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