This website is unique in its content and purpose. In one place you will find lessons that will guide you step by step, and show you the secrets of Irish Crochet Lace.
In one place you will find all information you need to know in order to start creating you own beautiful outfits for you and your family, and decorate your home.
Discover the world of Irish Crochet Lace with us and learn the traditional technique and modern interpretation of this unique and almost lost art. Learn the history behind this lace and Irish Crochet technique.
On the pages of this website you will learn the basics of Irish Crochet Lace. Our detailed step by step picture lessons, and video lessons will teach you to crochet variety of motifs, and cords. You will learn how to combine motifs using unique irregular netting (mesh). Also you will learn how to start your project, how to make a sewing pattern for a project, and how to turn it into a gorgeous outfit using Irish Crochet Lace.
We are going to teach you proper finishing technique for the outfit made with Irish Lace, cleaning instructions and pressing.
Together we will make some projects, so that you will have chance to see how to do it from start to the end of your work.
We also included free lessons how to learn to crochet basic stitches for those, who do not know how to crochet, but want to learn it and then to start using the lessons in Irish Crochet Lace.
Irish Crochet Lace is an old technique of crochet lace without any seams. Individually made motifs: flowers, leaves, rosettes, are crochet separately and then combined with a special netting technique that leaves the garment completely seamless. Due to unmatched craftsmanship, you will never find another identical piece.
There is no doubt Irish Crochet lace is a luxury item. Irish Crochet is labor-intensive and very hard work, but it yields the most intricate looking garments. It was first created as the result of poverty in Ireland. Irish Crochet Lace was inspired by Venetian Lace that was made with a needle, but someone decided to try to imitate lace using a crochet hook instead of a needle. The results were stunning. Irish Crochet Lace gained reputation for its intricacy and fineness. But the lace making flourished until the late 19th century. After that, it rapidly declined because of the Industrial Revolution. Ireland was a poor country back then, and Irish Lace makers could not compete with readily available and much cheaper machine-made lace. By the mid 20th century, the craft of Irish Crochet Lace had largely died out. Only few enthusiasts kept the traditional skill of making Irish Lace.
In the last 10 - 12 years, there has been a revival of interest in Irish Crochet Lace making in many European countries. While few are still making this lace in the traditional style, Irish Lace has evolved and become a contemporary version of old styles.
It is still a very slow and meticulous process to make this lace by hand. That is why you will not find these kinds of outfits in stores or anywhere else. These kind of clothes are still custom made, and are one of a kind, exquisite pieces of art.
There are many kinds of lace that can be copied by machine, but not Irish Crochet Lace. It still requires a hook, thread, and the hands of men to create these lace pieces. There are only a few lace-makers left today that create Irish Crochet Lace in traditional styles. But the styles of lace has changed with fashion throughout the years. Whatever you see on the pages of this website is a modern version of Irish Crochet Lace. But we believe that it will not be right to forget traditional way of making the Quin of all lace - Irish Crochet Lace. This is why we will teach you to make this beautiful lace using traditional and modern techniques.