It is very important to take good care of your Irish Crochet Lace fabric. Here are few tips for you to remember:
Never wash your Irish crochet lace in a washing machine. Hand wash only. Also, never press it with an iron. Do not be shocked when your crochet item will shrink a little. It is normal. Just stretch it as you pin it to the styrofoam board (block it). If you never crochet Irish crochet lace before, make Irish crochet piece a little larger then pattern itself (add approximately ½ inch to all measurements).
Wash Irish Crochet Lace in look warm water, rinse well, and roll it in a bath towel squeezing the excess of water. Block your crochet piece (pin the it to the styrofoam board, stretching the edges). You will need a lot of pins in order to keep your work in a right shape, as shown in the pictures below.
Place pins as often as possible, approximately 1cm (1/2 inch) apart. Especially this is important when blocking cords, branches, and edges of the lace fabric.
You can also watch a short video tutorials how to:
wash Irish crochet lace fabric
blocking Irish crochet lace fabric