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The Irish tradition for making lace dates back to the sixteenth century. At that time it was known as "Nuns Work", because it was developed in convents. But Irish Crochet Lace became very popular and profitable in Ireland during the potato famine of the 's. There was no crop of potato for several years and poor people starved to death, they had to find other ways of supporting their family.
During that difficult time Irish lace became a source of income for many poor people. Charity groups sought to help people by teaching crochet lace technique at no charge to anyone willing to learn. During that time period, most women could do needlework, so it was only a short step to lace-making.
Irish Crochet Lace technique spreaded particularly well because the equipment needed was simple, a ball of cotton and simple crochet hook. Cotton was cheap and easy to clean, and crochet hooks were not expensive either since they were handmade. Irish Crochet was easier and took less time to make than other types of lace.
Crocheting a piece became a family occupation. During the potato famine, it was the only source of income and worth everything to the families. Everyone in the family created the motifs that would go into the finished piece. It was a common practice in that time for each person to become skilled in making one motif only, such as a leaf or a flower. Motifs were a family secret, and they were fiercely guarded.
Irish Crochet lace workers were very careful in keeping their patterns secret and jealously guarded them from other lacemakers. When visitors came, these workers would hold them at the front door until unfinished lace could be hidden from sight for fear of the theft of their designs. Most of the patterns went to the grave along with the family.
After all the motifs were made flowers, shamrocks, insects, and grapevines , the family members walked sometimes miles to a lace-making center in town, where another person would crochet the different pieces together using a background mesh to form collars, cuffs, dresses, coats, etc The industry flourished for a time and fed the entire country. The popularity of Irish Lace grew significantly during the late s and into the early s, but began to wane as fashions changed.keyflavytagim.cf
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It is almost died out when lacemakers could not compete with machine-made lace in the late 19th century, and in the mid 20th century the Irish Crochet Lace making almost disappeared. Digest-size book has check mark on cover but otherwiwse in excellent condition.
May smell very slightly perfumey. Price tag residue on collar, but otherwise like new. Price tag residue on cover; otherwise like new. Creating Crocheted Collars , Rauch Ind. Notes on two pages as to whom the collars were made for, but otherwise very good used condition. Some shelf wear, but overall very good condition. Price crossed off on cover, but overall excellent condition.
Notes on one pattern; otherwise very good condition. Quick and easy detachable collar crocheted and fringed with fabric.
Shelf wear to edges and corners, but overall very good condition. Pages age-yellowed but overall very good condition.
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May have slight page yellowing and cover bent from mailing, but otherwise very good condition. May smell slightly perfumey. All instructions present and readable. May be embossed stamp with former owner's name on front cover; otherwise, like new. May have embossed stamp with former owner's name on front cover; otherwise, like new. All four corners bent from mailing, but otherwise very good ocndition.
Black and white pattern sheet for 2 collars. This was a mail- order pattern sent in a size 10 envelope, so has 3 fold lines. Also some age- yellowing. Sweatshirts with Style , Annie's Attic, Heavy page yellowing; otherwise, very good condition. Classic Collars , The Crochet Catalog, Very good used condition. Very good used -- may have former owner's name on inside front cover or small note written on one pattern. Five different designs to KNIT.
Instructions for 7 different designs to KNIT. Store sticker on cover, slight age- yellowing -- otherwise very good condition. Instructions for 17 different designs to KNIT. Beautiful square collar. Former "give away" leaflet may have been folded several times, but otherwise is in very good condition. Some corner creasing and crinkling, but 1- page pattern is in overall good condition.
Printed in England, so the measurements and stitches may not be quite the same as in the US. Some "shelf wear" on cover, but otherwise like new. Charted Alphabet included.
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Slight page yellowing, but overall excellent condition. Top slightly bent from mailing, but otherwise excellent condition. Pattern card from subscription series. Excellent condition, but may have faint smell of cigarette smoke. Crocheted Collars , Joan Henderson Designs, nd. Price crossed off on cover and some corner wear, but overall very good condition. Former owner's address sticker on front cover, slight spine wear, but otherwise very good condition. Motifs can also be used for doilies, frames, placemats, funners, bedspreads, etc.