Clones lace Masquerade masks
Clones lace Masquerade masks
The Constant Knitter Francis St, Dublin 9th November 2013
Deirdre Spideoige – ‘the regular’ at Constant Knitter!
We are proposing a weekend workshop in Clones – Crochet for Christmas -November 23-24 2013.
Anybody interested should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 16th November 2013, the Crafters Basket, Cliffoney County Sligo is the venue for
Clones Lace/Irish Crochet lace from 11am to 1pm, with Caron Laffey (from the Crafters Basket) demonstrating
bobbin lace in the afternoon, so it promises to be an interesting lace day!
We are organizing 2 dates for workshops in the States.
March 27th – April 16th 2014
Rockland County, New Jersey or another venue in NYC I need a group to host/sponsor this workshop and help me build up a list.
1. Maeve Vinci
KC Missouri April 4-8th confirmed
Avenir Museum Fort Collins CO April 12-13, with presentation on evening of April 11. – confirmed
Boston April 15th
We tried to hold this workshop in summer 2013, but it didn’t work out. Hopefully we’ll have better luck this time round.Anybody interested should contact me and Beth. Wcrbeth on Ravelry.
Lacis, Berkeley SF July 22-25 2014, so I am available around that time too. I was thinking of just a couple of workshops on the west coast at this time.
Makers Mercantile, Seattle in July 19-20th
I began my US workshop tour teaching Clones Irish Crochet Lace in Atlanta, where I had been invited by Suzi and the South East Fiber Arts Alliance. I stayed with Kathleen Pickens while I was there and had a wonderful time. Thank you to all those who helped make this a successful venue, especially Nanette Sarquiz, a freeform artist, who first suggested me to Suzi, Kathleen who was a great hostess and everybody who attended my workshop in Atlanta!
Next stop was Denver CO. Diane Cheatwood had invited me to Denver after attending my workshop in Lacis the previous year. Diane met me in Denver Airport, though I was in it in 2012, to make a dvd in Loveland for Interweave. This turned out to be a very successful trip. Diane brought me to the Avenir Museum in Fort Lyons, where they were preparing to open an exhibition on Irish Lace. Mary Sheils, who teaches Carrickmacross Lace, the other great Monaghan lace, and lives about 20 miles from me, in Cootehill County Cavan, was booked to give a workshop in October 2013. When Susan Torntore, the currator at the Avenir Museum, saw my antique and modern lace collection, she was amazed. She especially loved my modern Irish Crochet samples by Olga Krivenko and Antonina Kuznetsova, who feature regularly in MOD and DUPLET and who have taught in our Clones Lace Summerschool and when she heard of my plans to return to the east coast in March/April 2014, she proposed that the Avenir Museum host a joint workshop with Antonina and me! I also did a presentation in the Tactile Center in Denver.
Next stop was Makers Mercantile Seattle!I was relieved and delighted when Christina, who had never been to a workshop, never mind organize one, emailed me to tell me that Maker’s Mercantile in Seattle would be delighted to host me, as Sharon Zientara, the manager, had worked with me on the Interweave dvd the previous year. Jeff Sung, who has been attending my Lacis Workshops since I first started coming in 2010, lives in Seattle, so that was an added bonus! It turned out to be a great course!
Olga Krivenko’s top
This is what the Seattle group made after 3 days!
My final stop was Lacis, where I have been giving Clones Irish Crochet Lace Workshops since 2010. Next year will be the 5th year and we plan to have a special exhibition of students work for the week, which will be July 22-25 2014.
At this stage, going to Berkeley is like going home. I have been there so often. I love the atmosphere of Lacis with it’s great selection of threads, hooks and the magic of the Rose Garden Inn, where we stay each year.
Enjoying Irish Coffees with Rosemary
Ready for home!:)
In October 2012, my niece Sorcha asked me if I would like to do a Clones lace inset on her wedding dress. I immediately began crocheting motifs and putting them to one side for the special dress. During this time, she also began researching wedding dresses to look for something that appealed to her. Aoibheann, my sister and her mother, also started researching where she would get some Irish Linen during this time. Then over the Christmas holidays, we took a day travelling around the linen factories in the Bangor area of County Down. Aoibheann and Sorcha had already paid a visit to the Dungiven Flax Mill in County Derry, which is about 30 miles from where they live. We decided to return to Marion in the Dungiven flaxmill, as the linen and flax is 100% Irish and is made in the traditional Irish way, whereas the flax in the Bangor factories was imported.
Sorcha was inspired by a dress that she saw which a Los Angeles designer had made. Aoibheann cut out a template for me for my Clones Lace inset in February 2013 and I started joining the motifs with the Clones knot at this stage. After several fittings over the next few months, I had the lace insets completed by May 2013. I then made extra motifs for Aoibheann and Sorcha and taught Sorcha how to make the ‘ladder’, as she called it, which she was going to use for the head dress, attaching some of my motifs onto it. I think you’ll agree that she did a great job!:)
When Aoibheann got her summer holidays from her teaching job at the end of June, she started working on the dresses, making them all out of Irish Linen – 5 flowergirl dresses, 2 bridesmaids, and the wedding dress, in a month, for the wedding on August 9th 2013!
to be continued….
September 2013 – I have just returned from an amazing visit to Italy. I was invited to attend Bolsena Ricama in Bolsena, which is about 20 miles from Orvieto. When I googled it and saw that it was so close to Orvieto, I immediately accepted the invitation. Paula Bowen, who invited me, is Irish Italian and she and her husband Peter were the perfect hosts. Paula collected me from the Fiumicino airport and we did a quick whiz around Rome. The following day we did a proper tour of Rome again and saw all the key spots such as the Spanish Steps and a Roman Centurian on them, a famous fountain, Vatican City etc. We then returned to Sutri, 1 hour north of Rome where Paula lives and she showed me a magnificient ampitheatre in downtown Sutri which was built 3000 BC!!!!
Bolsena is the home place of Maria Vittoria Ovidi, who revived Orvieto Crochet lace in the 1970s. Maria V has been holding this weekend biannually since 1995. It was a beautiful venue for the weekend, which consisted of lace artifacts being displayed in various venues throughout the town. She commissioned a Polish Artist- Nespoon, to do lace art paintings at the entrances to each of the venues. Two Honiton bobbin lace makers Shirley and Mary from Honiton, UK, were staying in the same hotel as me and were displaying their lace veils and demonstrating in the same venue – a convent beside St Christina’s Cathedral. Another lace expert, Patricia Girolami, who was originally from the UK, but had been living in Italy for 22 years, was also staying in the same hotel. When she heard that I wanted to see Orvieto Cathedral and the lace makers on Lago Trasimeno, she said she lived in that area and would take me there! I was overjoyed, as I was feeling in the dark – coming to Italy to research Orvieto Lace, but not knowing how I could do it! Patricia also told me of another group that specialized in Punto d’Irlanda in Tuoro, on the shores of Lago Trasimeno. I hadn’t known about this third group. She later told me about other groups that make Merletto Orvieto, so I have to return in the future!:)
The Convent in Bolsena where we displayed our laces each day.
An Antique piece of Orvieto Lace, which was inspired by the piece work of Irish Crochet and by the sculptures on Orvieto Cathedral. It differs from Irish Crochet in the way the net background is ironed, giving it a 3 dimensional effect.
Ampitheatre 3000 BC in Sutri, where Paula Bowen lives. One hour North of Rome.
Nespoon and Mary Wardell at Nespoon’s painted Lace creation in Square in Bolsena.
Paula Bowen, my guide and hostess, while I was in Bolsena.
Máire and Paula at Paula’s home in Sutri.
1st prize at Bolsena Ricama in Honiton Bobbin Lace by Shirley
This beautiful piece of modern Orvieto Lace got second prize in a competiton on The Tree of Life.
Allessandra working on a fan in Orvieto Irish Crochet Lace. Allessandra learned from her aunt, who is the last surviving member of Ars Wetana.
Wedding dress in Orvieto Lace worked by Allessandra Polleggioni and her aunt who is the last surviving member of Ars Wetana. They spent two and a half years working on the dress!
Maria Vittoria Ovidi and Máire. Maria V revived Merletto Orvieto in the 1970s.
and is the hostess/ organiser of Bolsena Ricama.
Máire and Helene Laterre in Bolsena. Helene has become a regular student at Clones Lace Workshops and in June 2013, she taught part time. She has agreed to teach Picot Bigouden next year on a part time basis:)
Pesco Centre in Tuoro, where crocheters meet and sell their Punto d’Irlanda.
Some of the women watching Máire demonstrating her Clones knot in Tuoro.
Isola Maggiore on Lago Trasimeno, where the Punto d’Irlanda has been crocheted since 1905.
Anna Gabbellini who crochets and sells Merletto Isola Maggiore – Il Merletto a Punto Irlanda, – chatting to Patricia Girolami.
Máire demonstrating the Clones knot to Anna.
Máire and Patricia leaving Isola Maggiore, after a wonderful visit to the Island:)
Molto Grazzie Patricia!:)
‘Californinan Poppies’ piece by Jeff Sung, Seattle
Exhibited with other IOLI pieces on same theme in 2012!
Mirto’s wedding top 2013. Mirto attends my
workshop in Lacis each summer!
Patty’s garden in Modern Irish Crochet in progress in Lacis 2012
Cynthia Charbonneau, who attended my workshop in Lacis in 2012, crocheted this beautiful shrug for Isabella! https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.charbonneau.5