The Needlecraft Journal of Irish Crochet Lace, 1st Series
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Originally published in the 1900s by The Manchester School of Embroidery, The Needlecraft Journal of Irish Crochet Lace (1st Series) is one of the earliest written on the art of Irish Crochet Lace. It carefully guides you through the steps needed to accomplish this needlecraft, containing patterns and instructions for a number of delightful designs illustrated with 24 photographs from the original work.
Irish crochet lace is a most fascinating work to those who have a good eye for form, and who like a certain freedom in the arrangement of designs. It bears much the same relationship to ordinary crochet that art embroidery bears to cross-stitch, and allows room for the display of much ingenuity. In ordinary crochet the work usually progresses in rows, one worked upon another in carefully counted stitches. In Irish crochet Lace numerous sprigs representing flowers, leaves, etc., in more or less conventional style, are worked over a cord foundation; these rather solid pieces of crochet are then arranged according to fancy and firmly sewn upon a foundation pattern (to which we refer more fully a little later on) of the desired shape, when the spaces between the sprigs are filled in with lace-like bars of crochet, and the whole is finished off with one of the edgings characteristic of Irish crochet lace.
In working the sprigs or objects the cord padding is an important factor, for by its tightness or slackness, stems or leaves of the various designs can be artistically curved in any direction desired, and it can give an appearance of life to the leaf or flower which the usual counted stitches alone can never give. For this reason the directions for a sprig may be carefully followed by two workers, and yet the two may turn out quite different results. One worker will make a very commonplace crochet leaf, while the other, with more artistic feeling, may give to the leaf those subtle touches, by means of the cord, which make it a real work of art.
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