Isn’t it amazing that crochet makes you feel like a magician just by using a hook and string you can whip unique things… The best part of this handicraft is there are different forms of crochet which opens doors to more creativity. One of the most beautiful form of crochet is the Irish crochet traditionally known as (IRISH LACE).
Unlike most forms of crochet, worked in either rounds or rows, Irish lace is made up of motifs that are joined with mesh stitches, forming lace. Irish lace is not popular but the beauty of this art is it makes people get mesmerised by the design.
Wondering how Irish Lace evolved ???????😲🤔
Irish lace was developed in Ireland in the mid – 1800s during the potato famine (a period of mass starvation and disease). Doilies were most commonly made during 19th century. The income that their sales provided was a lifeline for many families at this time. Crocheting was a simpler way to make lace using tiny hooks and fine yarns and the techniques were easy to learn.
As its popularity grew, key motif patterns became closely guarded secrets and were only shared by demonstration. Irish crochet still continues today, although beginners tend to use 4ply or DK yarn to start with while some crocheters seek to preserve this technique, others take alternative routes, making items purely from motifs, or hooking the mesh background first and attaching the motifs with appliqué for speedier, free form-style makes.
But the style has come a long way since the days of doilies. Today, you can find modern spins on the tradition that take the classic motifs and crochets them into innovative patterns. Say hello to 21st century Irish lace!
Although the lace looks complex, as its just made up of motifs and mesh, its not too difficult to master. Originally, this form of lace was used to make collars, trims and gowns. Due to its more free form construction, Irish crochet can in fact be used to make anything, from bags, jewellery to tops, dresses and shawls. It’s really a great way of working to make unique designs.
Well today I would like to present my Irish lace neck work.
Ideal to transform that drab neckline with this 19.5 inch white cotton crochet neck appliqué. A cute floral crochet appliqué with intricate scalloped edges along the bottom. Use this charming piece to compliment necklines on tops, tunics and dresses, Kurtis or gowns.
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