- Intrigued Review by Corinna
This showcased pattern looks lovely! As always, when I see attractive patterns, I check the details on them to see which original publication they come from prior to purchasing them. I find that when a pattern reappears, it has a way of reminding us of patterns we may or may not have dog-eared in our original publications. Sometimes there are too many "Oh, I'd love to work on that" projects to keep track of them all!
This is one of those "I have to make this" patterns, for sure!
(Posted on 10/15/13)
- Thanks for the boost, Maire! Review by Mrs. C
I don't honestly know if I ever would have properly learned this art without Maire Treanor's help. I had collected many of the antique Irish crochet how-to books over the years, but I admit that I had difficulty in reading the very old print. The print was small, the lines far too close together for easy reading, and the old type much too fuzzy. Although I at least had the basic idea from all my Irish Lace perusing, Maire explained the creation of this beautiful needle art in simple, modern terms. She made what seemed almost impossible actually doable! You can easily design your own lace once you have learned the basics of making a variety of motifs: there are a wonderful variety of flowers with their accompanying leaves, grape clusters made from small buttonies (buttonies are used frequently in many motifs), vines and leaves, scallops and clovers. Once you have learned the simple method for crocheting any pretty motif in the world, you will be able to create your own personal motifs with only a little imagination.
Plan out your lace by drawing out the design. Will you create a bridal shawl or an attractive pillow cover? Make sure the paper or cloth that you will be using to set out your motifs and work your ground is the full size for your layout and design. Maire shows her students to crochet approximately two rows around each motif using the clones knot. This stitch is to be used for the 'ground,' the netting that is used to crochet around all your lovely motifs into one masterpiece and border. The 'clone's knot,' is a special stitch that Maire learned, which is unique to her area of Clones, Ireland in County Monaghan. She teaches this stitch in her book and DVD.
Simply lay your motifs out onto your paper or fabric foundation according to your lace design--much as an artist who sketches his design on his canvas before he begins to paint. Tack them on with simple needle and thread. The ground is crocheted around every motif, except for the outer edge of those that are used as your border.
To make this book even more interesting, Maire shares a great deal of the history of this lace. I first found her book for a normal price at Lacis.com online book catalog (Lacis still sells it for $28. It had been out of print when I tried to find a copy, and book sellers were stealing folks blind with their outrageous prices). I was not able to find any modern, updated books like Maire's. I tried to make due with the antique patterns, as well as the simple leaflets and booklets from Annie's Attic. So, I was pretty ecstatic that Lacis was able to reprint her book, saving many crocheters from the hands of book selling gougers.
I sometimes wonder if Irish crochet would have vanished into oblivion if Maire had not decided to pick up her crochet hook in 1987 and share this invaluable needle-art to those crochet lace-making artists throughout the world who hold this special gift and predisposition locked in their hearts, awaiting Maire with her key? I look back and am delightfully surprised to see how far and wide Maire's gift has spread. The only thing that would be even better than her book and DVD would be to travel to Ireland to meet Maire and to learn from her personally. What a thrill it would be to share this with others as we learn!
(Posted on 8/23/13)
- An interesting look at Clones lace Review by Barbara
Yes, this is a compiled reprint of old articles. The product description now indicates that (August 2013). As a non-subscriber, I believe this was worth the price. It is well-written and organized. Each article discusses part of the history of Clones lace, including modern interpretations of it, with lots of photos of finished items. The basic motifs are clearly described and charted and there is a final article which tells how to assemble the motifs. The crochet instructions are in US terminology (single crochet = 2 loops). There is only one "pattern" (a Venetian-style mask), but the photos and descriptions allow you to use your own artistic style to create whatever suits you.
(Posted on 8/22/13)
- Waste of Money for Subscribers Review by Nancy
Don't waste your money on this if you subscribe to or purchase Interweave Crochet on the newsstand. This "book" is nothing more than copies of all of the feature articles on Clones Lace which ran in the magazine a year or two ago. No where in the product description does it state that this book is article reprints. I feel this is a total rip-off to loyal subscribers. Let alone all the printer ink I wasted printing out 28 pages of stuff I already have. I would give this zero stars if I could.
(Posted on 7/26/13)