Irish Crochet Lace is an old technique of crochet lace without any seams. Motifs of flowers, leaves, rosettes are crocheted 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. It requires a lot of efftort to make, but yields beautiful, intricate garments. The 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 a few enthusiasts kept the traditional skill of making Irish lace.
In the last 10 - 12 years, there has been a revival of 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 contemporary.
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.
Many kinds of lace can be copied by machine, but not Irish crochet lace. It still requires a hook, thread, and the hands of man to create. There are few lace-makers left today that produce tradtitional Irish crochet lace. The styles of lace have changed throughout the years. While what you see throughout the pages of this website is a modern version of Irish crochet lace, we believe that the traditional way of making it shouldn't be forgotten. This is why we will teach you to make beautiful Irish crochet lace using traditional and modern techniques.