Vintage Irish Crochet Pattern Collection Directions for Making Irish Crochet Lace
Irish Crochet Lace
As you know Irish Crochet Lace in the scheme of time is rather new, first produced in Ireland about the middle of the nineteenth century as a commodity to earn money after the potato famine.
Venetian Point Lace
Most do not know that is an imitation of Venetian Point Lace.
It was first used like Venetian Point Lace for trimming articles of dress and household linens. Later on, it becomes famous for curtains, bedspreads, and dress-shirts.
For a time the making of Irish Crochet Lace remained a domestic industry confined to the neighborhoods of Dublin and Belfast, then as the demand for it increased and the Irish supply was longer available, it found its way in the 1900’s to the Eastern areas of France, where it has undergone so many changes and improvements it rivals depending on thread weight in all respects the most beautiful laces of modern days.
As an Economic Driver
Irish Crochet Lace has once again become an economic driver and important industry for many Entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
Irish Crochet Lace has a well-established reputation which can withstand the changes and caprices of fashion.
DMC Irish Crochet Lace
D.M.C created this publication exclusively for Irish Crochet Lace enthusiasts including the necessary instructions for its creation.
There are over 100 figures using the actual size, 7 plates with 16 reproductions of different patterns, and 16 tracings by which these patterns can be easily copied.
Remember these illustrations can be modified or differently put together to form new combinations according to your fancy.
Vintage Irish Crochet Pattern Collection
Directions for Making Irish Crochet Lace
The only crochet hooks needed are metal of uniform thickness which is well suited for forming regular stitches, an indispensable necessity making picots in post stitches.
Irish Crochet Lace is generally done in white and is very strong and tightly twisted thread. The quality should be the very best crochet cotton, flax threads are best as they give the work a softer and more elegant appearance.
For Irish Crochet Lace three sizes are generally needed; one for medium thickness for the pattern itself, a coarse one called “cord foundation” which serves to give body to the different motives of the pattern, and a fine one for the network ground.
Directions for Making Irish Crochet Lace
Making Irish Lace
Various Elements in Irish Crochet Lace
Netting/Groundings for Irish Crochet Lace
Footings for Irish Crochet Lace
Scallops Borders for Irish Crochet Lace
Imitations of Irish Crochet Lace
Patterns of Irish Crochet Lace
Directions for working the pattern plates
(see figures 14, 19, 73 and 83 of the text and pattern Number 1)
MATERIALS: DMC Crochet cotton 6 cord (Cordonnet pour guipure) Number 2, 70 and 150 (lustreless thread)
Make the motives as in figures 14 and 19 with DMC crochet cotton 6 cord Number 70, over a cord foundation of DMC crochet cotton 6 cord Number 2; crochet the trebles after the ground, figure 73, with DMC crochet cotton 6 cord Number 150 and at the same time as the little picot scallops that connect the subjects at the bottom. Finish at the top by the footing, figure 83, worked with DMC crochet cotton 6 cord Number 70, over DMC crochet cotton 6 cord Number 2.
(See figures 25,41, 74, 83 and go of the explanatory text and pattern Number 2).
MATERIALS: DMC Flax lace thread (lin pour dentelles) Number 6, 40 and 60
Make the motives after figures 25 and 41, with DMC Flax lace thread Number 40, over a cord foundation of DMC Flax lace thread Number 6; crochet the ground after figure 74, with DMC Flax lace thread Number 6. Finish off the bottom with scallops, figure 90, and the top with footing, figure 83, worked with DMC Flax lace thread Number 40, over DMC Flax lace thread Number 6.
Directions for Working the Patterns of Plate II
(See figures 20, 50 and 75 of the explanatory text and pattern Number 3)
MATERIALS: DMC Alsatian thread (Fil d’ Alsace) Number 50 and 110 and DMC Crochet cotton 6 cord (Cordonnet pour guipure)
Number 2; crochet ground after figure 75, with DMC Alsatian thread Number 110.
(See figures 22, 79 and 86 of the explanatory text and pattern Number 4)
MATERIALS: DMC Special crochet cotton (Cordonnet special) Number 2, 70 and 150 (glossy thread)
Make the motives as in figure 22, with DMC special crochet cotton Number 70 over a cord foundation of DMC Special Crochet cotton Number 2; crochet the ground after figure 79 with DMC Social crochet cotton Number 150. Finish, of the edges with scallops, figure 86, worked with DMC Special crochet cotton Number 70, over DMC Special crochet cotton Number 2.
Cuffs and Collar Patterns
Patterns for the execution of the work reproduced on the 7 plates without text
Cut out the patterns by the dotted line printed on each.
The French version of this book is available on the Antique Pattern Library.
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