NYC and Kansas City USA Spring 2014

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Máire outside the Met Museum MYC Workshops in the States.

 March 27th – April 10th 2014

Church of the Good Shepherd, East 31st St, Manhattan, sponsored by NYC Crochet Guild

Devon Thein of the Ratti Center in the Met Museum, NYC invited me to  visit the Center and meet some of their young students whom she and Gunnel were meeting on Friday March 28th. I had hoped to see some of their antique IC pieces, but maybe the next time…..

Devon Chiara and Gunnel

Devon Chiara Romano and Gunne. Chiara is researching

17th century Buratto embroidery lace

Devon in Ratti Center March 28th 2014

Devon wearing a bobbin lace neck piece which she made.

Louber and Devon

Loubov (17) is planning to make a black lace wedding dress!

He attends a design high school in NYC (like in the ’80s production of ‘Fame’)

NYC group shot

13 students in a tiny room!

Máire and Sonya

Máire and Sonya Kulczyckyj at the NYC workshop

closeup of Bettyann and Máire

Bettyann and Máire

Máire demonstrates buttony

Demonstrating a buttony to a group at the workshop

closeup33 crochetersEnjoying a meal after workshop

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Early Theme Adopters: Pictorico

The Blog

Launched last month, Pictorico is a free theme that combines a dynamic portfolio-style home page with a simple, single-column layout for posts and pages. It’s great for pro photographers, casual photobloggers, and anyone who wants a sleek space for personal blogging.

Let’s take a look at a few sites using Pictorico:

A Feast for the Eyes

British blogger Issy shares recipes at A Feast for the Eyes, a name that perfectly captures the focus of the site: food and photography. Pictorico‘s front-page grid displays her mix of dishes beautifully — her images are crisp and bold, while her plate setups are stylish and carefully considered.

Issy sets featured images on individual posts, adding color and sophistication to the header area. She also takes advantage of the theme’s clean, single-column layout, letting her images shine on the page:


The traveler and outdoor enthusiast at Ubuntu sets a wide custom header…

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The Constant Knitter Dublin April 2014

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I had a great workshop in the Constant Knitter Dublin April 26th 2014

I had a great workshop in the Constant Knitter Dublin April 26th 2014


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Another way to wear my shawlette, if you have a sleeveles dress!

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The rose and leaf Clones knot necklace in white!

24th International Clones Lace Summer workshop June 10-15th 2014



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Summer workshop timetable of events 2014

Accommodation list 2014

If you would like to know more about this unique summer school,  contact me at

2015 summer workshop details soon

images of 2014 summer school soon.!




Cassandra Hand Rose Event 2014

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Clones Lace Tiara

Lee-Ann and Máire

The Roses 2Lee- Ann Cassandra RoseEva and Máire with her pic


Clones Lace roses and wild roses as part of Eva’s art piece!:)


Mairead and Eva


Mairéad and Eva


Lee-Ann Rose

Cassandra Hand Rose in St Patricks Parade Clones

Cassandra Hand Rose in St Patrick’s Eve Parade 




Lee- Ann standing at car

On March 8th 2014 we had the Cassandra Hand Rose Event in Clones. I was commissioned to make a Clones lace Tiara for the occasion. Lee-Ann McPhillips won the heat and had the honour of wearing the tiara. Hopefully she’ll keep wearing it and show it off in Tralee in August 2014:)

Then, as part of the St Patrick’s Eve Parade in Clones, Eva’s painting, which used Clones Lace Roses and Wild Roses, was attached to the front of the car in which Lee-Ann, the Cassandra Hand Rose was driven in the Parade!:)

Visit to Brussels and Brugge, Belgium

Waiting for Horses at Brugge

Genuine bobbin lace

 Over the last few years, a group of seven of us have been visiting the European Christmas Markets over a long weekend in December each year. This year, I was excited to hear that Brussels- Brugge was the destination!:)  Brussels is the capital of the European Union, but it also has a beautiful old city and it is famous for it’s chocolates, beer and LACE. It was very difficult to find genuine lace and I soon realized that I had to look for antique lace to have any chance of seeing genuine lace. Even then, it was difficult to find real handmade lace in Brussels and to find sales people who were truthful about it’s origin, even though it was obvious to me that it couldn’t be handmade in Brussels when I looked at the price – nine euro for a genuine piece of lace!!! The shop would probably take  100% and a piece of genuine lace would take at least twenty hours to make! On our visit to Brugge, there were lace shops everywhere, but again it was all computerized lace. The computerized lace was very shiny white. The antique lace was an off -white. In Brugge, the sales people were more honest and explained that genuine lace makers  couldn’t  keep up with the tourist demand. One  woman told me that 80% of tourists are happy to buy computerized Chinese lace. About 20% of people want to see the antique lace.  She had some genuine lace made by students, who were happy to sell it at a low price – €12.50 for a small piece. I bought 2 pieces of students lace. In the past all types of lace were made in Brugge – Bobbin, needle and tape lace. Nowadays there are classes in bobbin lace. Unfortunately we were returning to Brussels that night, so we didn’t get a chance to see a class in progress.  Luckily, I had attended an introduction talk and class on Bobbin lace in Cliffoney Sligo and I also saw some Honiton Lace makers at work when I was in Bolsena Ricama, Italy in September, so I am becoming more aware of good bobbin lace. Of course, when I am asked to teach Irish Crochet/Clones Lace with the Guild of Irish lace makers in Dublin, Ann Keller is the resident bobbin lace tutor! It is not one of traditional Irish laces, but is very popular in England and in Europe.

7 of us in Brussels

The seven of us outside the hotel where we were staying in Brussels

Genuine bobbin lace

A genuine piece of Bobbin Lace. The shop owner said it took an expert bobbin lace maker over a year (I would say two years) to make this piece, which was in the ceiling of a lace shop in Brugge. She said it would cost the same as a car to buy, if it was for sale!:)

Brussels at night

Genuine bobbin Brugge lace by students

Bobbin lace made by students in Brugge.


Chinese lace in BruggeComputerized Chinese lace in the Christmas Markets in Brugge.

Genuine Brugge Bobbin lace

This beautiful piece of Genuine Bobbin Lace

was priced at €64.

Bobbin lace in windowMáire outside a house in Brugge with a lace curtain.

mini bobbin lacemaker

A close up of the window in Brugge with a mini bobbin lace maker!

Antique Brugge Needlepoint and net lace

Genuine needle and net lace.

Lace from China

Computerized Chinese Needle lace in Brugge.

a mixture of genuine and machine lace

A mixture of genuine and computerized lace.

The linen, which is probably make in China or Japan, has insets of

computerized tape lace.

Ice skating in Brugge

Ice skating in Brugge

Evanne at bell tower

The huge queue of people waiting to climb the stairs of the bell tower in Brugge

Waiting for Horses at Brugge

Horse and Cart

Máire and Josie at Bell tower

Máire and Josie outside the 14th century Bell tower in Brugge

Mary at Brugge at night

Mary at the Christmas markets in Brugge, with the Bell tower in the background
Máire and Liz on horse

Máire and Liz on the horse and carriage ride around Brugge

Máire and Evanne

Máire and Evanne relaxing at night in Brussels:)

Imitation and real lace

Pieces which I bought:Clockwise:  A Chinese Christmas decoration (3 stars),  genuine bobbin lace, made by a student in Brugge (€12.50) a net piece of genuine lace, made by a student in Brugge (€12.50).