Traditional Irish Crochet differs from most other forms of crochet because it is made up of different motifs that join with mesh stitches eventually forming a beautiful and unique lace fabric.
Main Irish Crochet Technique
The traditional routine of making garments or items purely from stitching motifs together – many crocheters prefer to follow the traditional way to preserve the technique.
The second Irish Crochet technique is far quicker and involves simply creating the mesh background as a base, and then attaching the individual motifs to the mesh. This Irish crochet technique is certainly quicker than the traditional way and would come in very handy if you were working to a deadline.
When you look at the beautiful and intricate motif designs, you can understand why people can be so passionate about this sort of crochet. Especially because of its individuality and the thought and care that goes into creating each piece.
Is Irish Crochet Lace in Fashion?
Yes it is, Irish Crochet Lace and especially Clones Lace, is experiencing a revival because many modern designers are coming back to this ancient art of lacemaking. Maire Treanor organized the annual Clones Lace Summer School in Clones for student and designers. There are many modern designers in Eastern European, Australian, Asian and North American.
Does new crocheter can master Irish Crochet Technique?
If you are new to crocheting don’t be put off by the thought that it is in any way too complex to master. Although it does look complex at first glance, it is simply made up of individual motifs and mesh.
There are many traditional designs you can use when creating your motifs, and probably the most familiar one would be the Irish Rose design, it is well recognized by seasons crocheters and is very traditional.
The most popular motif designs are shamrocks, flowers, leaves and ribbons, but you can be as creative as you like when you are making your motifs. The sky is the limit!
Traditionally, the crochet is created using one color but using three different weights of thread. The threads commonly used are either linen, silk or cotton. Obviously the finer the thread you use, the more delicate your results will be.
Thicker threads were used more often for creating the motifs and the finer thread for creating the delicate mesh background. Mesh gives the finished lace a light and almost fragile look, and it is no wonder that it has been a popular choice for bridal gowns or veils for so many years.
To add to the intricate detail of the lace and to give the finished results more interest, the mesh often was embellished with tiny knots known as Clones knots.
Check out this cool video about Irish Crochet and Clones Lace
The finished lace is not only very beautiful, but it is also very versatile too! You can fashion your crochet creations into just about anything you want. Apart from bridal gowns, Irish lace was also used to make collars, lace cuffs, and other embellishments to garments to add interest.
Why not let your imagination run wild? Because it is so easy to manipulate, crocheters have often created handbags, tablecloths, head-dresses, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and shawls.
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