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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486250792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486250793
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is of the old style of Irish Crochet.
Jackie
If you like to work with small thread, you will love this book.
Leslie P. Phillips
The patterns and instructions are very easy to understand.
Janice Storm

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a history of Irish Crochet Lacemaking. It is easy to follow and has the finiest patterns I have seen for advanced projects. It is a very good learning tool. Highly recommended!!!!!
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Definately different! I just finished my first motif, the fourth floweret. I love thread crochet, and have recently done several modern renditions of "Irish Crochet", so I bought this book to add to my collection. I have worked from other material that was written using British terms, which takes a little getting used to, and I find myself easily adapting to the terminology. The terminology used here is similarly different, but not the same as british, however there is a "stitch conversion chart" and I found it easy to adjust.

A major difference that I found was the "style" in which it was written. Modern patterns tell you what to do with the next stitch, then the next. You follow the direction, then you finally catch on what they are trying to do ex: (2 ch, 1 sc in the next loop) 4 times. Where as this text tells you what needs to be accomplished, ex: make four times: 2 chain and 1 plain on the loop beneath. (US sc = plain). It takes some getting used to, and when I first started I thought that I would need to re-write the instructions in "modern terms", but before I could finish the first motif, I began to actually prefer this method of instruction! Wow! Also, the design flows together much easier than the modern renditions that I have tried. (Which almost scared me away from Irish Crochet.)

Also different is the cord foundation. I had never used a cord foundation before. Man, that took some getting used to! When I finally got the hang of it, I think it is genuis! The use of the foundation cord allows you to make sc stitches without working over a chain foundation all of the time. It also provides a wonderful contrast in thickness, which provides considerable depth the the motifs. Sort of like an outline.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Leslie P. Phillips on December 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is different from anything you will buy in a craft store. I loved it. There are techniques that are lost in the piles and piles of doileys and afghans that are seen everywhere today. If you like to work with small thread, you will love this book.
It also holds a lot of history in it, in that anyone who had a poor Irish Grandmother who made lace for the "rich neighbors", will see the reason "rich neighbors" wanted to buy if from her. The quality and beauty of the designs is a testiment to the talent and ingenuity of a people who only had something if they could make it out of nothing.
You will love this book even if you never use any of the designs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By zet3 on August 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very old book, so the instructions are in 'victorian' format - just text - but they are very detailed and informative. There are no complete patterns for artifacts here, just excellent building blocks for our own designs. Photography is very good, so whatever might look intimidating in the instructions becomes very clear in the picture. Also the introduction is excellent, providing a lot of facts and no gossipy dribble, so common in this type of literature.
This book is fully sufficient to learn design of crocheted lace, I will definitely use it for many projects.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Tzoutzouraki on April 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Although this book has very few pages I find it to be very informing about Irish crochet. And at a good price. The instructions might be confusing for a beginner as another reviewer has mentioned but with some effort and patience you can get results.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn M. Rowe on August 1, 2007
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This is a great book, it has easy to follow instructions and is put together in such a way that by the end of the book you can put together some wonderful works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mira on September 7, 2012
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Overall, I enjoy this book because it gives me building blocks of Irish crochet. Irish crochet is an advanced type of crochet. Keeping this in mind:

Pros:
-Great elements (motifs, borders, grounds) you can mix and match
-Great patterns that use the elements listed in the book
-Contains directions along with patterns

Cons:
-Originally from an older publication and it's Irish crochet, so the text of the pattern is not as organized as modern patterns
-Pictures in book have less contrast than pictures on Amazon
-Names of stitches are the old names, BUT there's a conversion chart in the beginning of the book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shawneeboy on December 13, 2012
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This book, like it's title, is a masterpiece. There's no way I can praise this one book too highly. Even if you never make a thing from it, just looking at the photographs/engravings or these lace projects is enough to make your spine tingle. I had never seen anything like this lace before I bought this book. At first, I just gazed at the various lace designs and was in crochet lace heaven. Eventually I tried making some of them. At first, I used larger thread than what was used in the illustrations, which was a good way to become acquainted with the techniques. After that, I used very fine thread and hook, and, it's hard to explain but I found that it was easier to make these using the smaller thread. I made a very small curtain for a small window in a front house door using the design on the cover. I did it exactly according to the book, including pinning down every single point and starching and ironing it, so that the lace didn't curl up and it looked exactly like that on the cover. It was extremely time consuming! But, it was well worth it too. People truly marvel when they see it, and I'm so proud of myself! But, I haven't tackled many of the full projects in the book, although I have made elements of various designs and found that to be so instructive and rewarding. This is really an "essential" for the Irish Crochet Lace lover.
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