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pattyd



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject: Best of Luck and Determination Reply with quote

[color=darkblue]This past year, I went to Lacis in Berkeley, California where they have established a lace museum. The exhibition I went to was of Irish Crochet. The work was fantastic. Extremely fine work, large garments, many styles and techniques. One piece was particularly noteworthy, in that it was extremely fine thread and there was no padding in the work. Makes quite a different look.

When I learned to crochet as a child I had every friend in the neighborhood crocheting by the end of the summer - we started with looping chains with our fingers. Almost the first motif I ever learned was the Irish Rose with 3D petals.

I've taken a class in Irish Crochet where we learned the Clones knot and gained some insight into the process of making some of the more spectacular pieces. And at long last I found out where grandma's neighbor Ferny, got her name. Just like Rosie, Ferny was a specialist in a particular motif. I just wish I had found out before she passed on. She would have been delighted to know.

As a lacemaker, I know the hours it takes to produce a finely made piece. Now is the time to put that much effort into preserving this living piece of history. As an American, I know not terribly much about Irish history except the Potato Famine and Irish Crochet. I sincerely wish you success in your efforts to preserve the historic Muings Lace School as a valuable community resource.

Best Wishes,

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