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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I've been away from doing crochet for quite a long time, but now I have this book called 'The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs and I'm interested again.  This is something I would like as I think…Continue

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Hi, my name is Megan, and I have started out learning Irish Crochet very recently. I am fascinated by the art, and have been studying Russian work, training my mind and eyes with a goal of creating a…Continue

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Comment by Lorelei Halley 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 Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 13, 2015 at 2:17pm

Has anyone seen this book?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 14, 2015 at 1:15am

Some really good modern Irish crochet.

look here   

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 7, 2015 at 4:29pm

Crochet grounds to imitate bobbin and needle grounds.

Comment by Sally Olsen on March 2, 2015 at 5:47pm

Nancy Nehring will be teaching an Irish Crochet butterfly for her afternoon class at the I.O.L.I. convention in Coralville in July.  Her morning class is a Romanian point lace necklace.  Students can either crochet or purchase the lobster chain cord which is the foundation for the lace.  The fillings are traditionally made with needlelace, but the students in this class will also have the option of crochet or tatted fillings.  Class descriptions and pictures are available at: I.O.L.I. 2015 Classes.  They are also at IOLILace on Facebook and Pinterest.

I took Nancy's Romanian point lace necklace last year at Sacramento.  I made yards of lobster chain cord on my trip to Adelaide, South Australia for the OIDFA Congress.  The design last year had flowers and butterflies in the outer layer and a network of wrapped bars in the inner layer.  It did not take long to finish and I have enjoyed wearing it many times, including Saturday night. 


Comment by Lofty Aspirations on June 12, 2014 at 8:48am

A hundred and fifty years ago, I wonder if it ever crossed the minds of those nuns that the craft they were teaching would end up as clothes adorning the female form like these!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 11, 2014 at 8:28pm

The psychedelic green one is my favorite. Oh to be young and skinny enough to wear it!

Comment by Lofty Aspirations on June 11, 2014 at 11:00am

Hi!  I'm brand new to laceioli and can't stop surfing the site!   Irish crochet is fast becoming a passion of mine, and while surfing You Tube I found this incredible modern designer.  Her ideas are at once futurist while reflecting the traditional.  Awesome dresses!  Merletto Irlandaise di Asia Verten

Comment by Devon Thein on March 31, 2014 at 8:26am

I met with Maire Treanor on Friday to discuss Clones Lace and Irish Crochet. Maire has researched and re-introduced Clones Lace, a form of Irish crochet distinguished by the Clones Knot in the mesh. Maire is on a teaching tour of the US, having taught in Manhattan on Saturday and continuing to Kansas City for a public program and class April 4-7 as described in the events section on this page.

Maire uses the money earned on these teaching tours to pay for her continued research into Irish Crochet with a particular emphasis on Irish crochet as practiced outside of Ireland. She has researched the Irish crochet practiced in Orvieto, in Italy. She is also interested in the Irish crochet made in Japan, and has been pursuing research opportunities in Central and South America.

Maire showed me her class project, which is a mask, based on the romantic masks of the Venetian carnival. I thought it was a very nice idea for a project because each student could make individual motifs from Irish crochet, say shamrocks or grapes, and then could combine them into a unique mask. Best of all, it is a project that is not overwhelmingly large!

Lorelei mentioned the Irish crochet being done by Russians. In fact, Maire had with her some examples of contemporary Irish crochet done by a Ukrainian friend. They were very wearable looking, very pretty, and although in a traditional technique, very contemporary in effect.

I hope everyone with an interest in Irish crochet in the Kansas City area is able to take advantage of this opportunity. By the way, it is Kansas City, MO, not Kansas City, Kansas as I had said.


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