Book Review: Carrickmacross Lace

August 15, 2007 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Book Review, Lace | Leave a comment

I promised to write a little bit more about the needlework books that followed me home from Ireland when I hava actually read them. So, here goes the first one:

Carrickmacross Lace—Irish Embroidered Net Lace by Nellie Ó Cléirigh is a very nice book I really enjoyed. Starting with a short history of lace-making in Ireland it goes on to show numerous pictures of old laces. The technique is explained in a very short and concise form. This should be sufficient for somebody with some experience in lace-making to get an idea of the technique, but is probably not detailed enough for a beginner. At the end of the book there are numerous patterns to work, most of them copied from original Carrickmacross patterns.

Carrickmacross Lace is an appliquéd lace. A fine cotton or organdy fabric is appliquéd onto fine net (preferably cotton), and the fabric outside the pattern is cut away so the net shows through. There are numerous embellishment techniques possible, including cutting away the net as well and using lace stitches such as described in my tutorial to fill in the open areas.

After reading that book I’d really like to try a simple motif using that technique. It definitely looks much faster than making the whole lace up from scratch! Although I don’t like most machine-made laces, a hand-made lace using a machine-made background does sound like a good idea.

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