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Irish Crochet Lace in the Nineteenth Century

The Irish women created this lace at the time of the famine (1846-53) by making less expensive versions of old traditional laces.  However, Irish crochet lace soon developed a life of its own as you can see in the generous illustrations. 

The 29 items in this book are often imaginative, conservative, even at times naive. The laces were often dense, complicated and interesting with a surprising variety of techniques. 

Costume history was considered in dating. There are Mousquetaire collars from The Three Musketeers and a collar and cuff set as worn by the little Lord in Little Lord Fauntleroy

Even though there are no complete patterns the methods of working certain motifs and grounds are given in enough detail for many crocheters to use.

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