Crochet Lace: Techniques, Patterns, and Projects

Courier Dover Publications
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"It's always a pleasure to see an information-packed reference book back in print." — Yarn Market News
Learn how to use your crochet hook to make delicate lace patterns with this illustrated guide. No previous experience is necessary; aspiring lacemakers will find all the basic techniques here, and experienced readers will discover new insights into the intricacies of filet crochet, motifs, and Irish crochet.
Crochet Lace presents full directions for more than ten projects ― including framed lace motifs, delicate gloves, and a bedspread ― as well as directions for using crochet to imitate other styles of lace such as Honiton and guipure lace. In addition to an extensive collection of traditional and modern patterns, the book offers practical advice and information on joining motifs, edgings, adaptation, and finishing. Color photos and easy-to-follow diagrams appear throughout this splendid source of instruction and inspiration.
"This is an extraordinary book! The most completely helpful book I have read and used on crochet. It is suitable for the absolute beginner and the seasoned crocheter. I highly recommend!" — Bartow County Library
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About the author

Pauline Turner is the author of many crochet-related books and articles. She runs an international correspondence course, The Diploma in Crochet, which has been adapted for use by the City and Guilds of London Institute. She is a founding member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild of Great Britain and the Chairperson of the Crochet Guild of America.
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Publisher
Courier Dover Publications
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Published on
Jan 19, 2015
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780486802282
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Language
English
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Genres
Crafts & Hobbies / Needlework / Crocheting
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In recent years Irish crochet lace has enjoyed a tremendous revival among needleworkers. Nearly lost in the early twentieth century when machines took over the manufacture of most lace, the craft is now being rediscovered by enthusiasts who recognize it not only as one of the most durable, serviceable, and beautiful forms of lace but also as a type that provides a unique opportunity to be creative.
This inexpensive volume presents authentic motifs and grounds used by the most skilled Irish needleworkers of the late nineteenth century. Collected and edited by one of the best-known experts of the time, Thérèse de Dillmont, it offers patterns, complete instructions, and/or detailed photographs for 30 motifs, 12 intricate grounds, and various traditional footings and borders.
Crocheters can use these versatile motifs of delicate raised flowers, leaves, sprays, and more to transform ordinary bedspreads, doilies, tablecloths, and clothing into works of art to be treasured for years. Make your own unique designs for new curtains, fancy collars, delicate cuffs, and so much more. Each of these motifs can be altered in shape, enlarged, diminished, or combined in new patterns — there's virtually no limit to the results you can produce.
Beginners should practice making individual motifs before attempting an entire piece of lace, and experienced crocheters may want to follow the directions exactly before experimenting to form new motifs. With practice, you can invent your own patterns just by employing these authentic, elemental motifs and their complementary grounds. A new introduction relates the history and technique involved in Irish crochet lace, and a conversion chart translates outdated terms.

Create airy and delicate lace designs for table, bed, and wardrobe using the time-honored technique of Irish crochet. This handsome handicraft, known for its raised floral motifs and intricate background patterns, probably originated in the convents of Ireland, where diligent nuns prepared beautiful ornaments for use in church services. Today, this stunning form of lace-making has been adapted and simplified for dozens of day-to-day uses: decorating curtains, tablecloths, pillows, bedspreads, lingerie, collars, children's clothing, doilies, and more.
Rita Weiss, a noted needlework designer and bestselling author, has collected the finest, easily workable examples of Irish crochet from rare American thread company booklets of more than 50 years ago. Step-by-step instructions, stitch and hook charts, metric conversion charts, and 40 clear illustrations allow you to make magnificent accessories in these lovely patterns: My Wild Irish Rose, Popcorn, Rose of Sharon, Cinderella, More Than a Touch of Blarney, Beauty Rose, "Smilin' Through," Tournament of Roses, Wedding Ring, Dublin Beauty, Irish Springtime, and others. No skills beyond a familiarity with ordinary crochet technique are needed to create these beautiful patterns. In addition, expert tips on blocking and finishing make it certain that your final product will be nothing short of a work of art.
With this versatile, inexpensive guide, the beauty of Irish crochet — once thought too difficult to achieve by any but the most experienced needleworkers — is now within reach of even beginning crocheters.

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