Shamrock Clones Knot Jabot
I first saw the Shamrock Clones Lace Jabot, below, in a chest of drawers, among other pieces of Lace, belonging to Eithne D’Arcy and her family, the Mc Gorrys, who were lace buyers in Clones up until the circa 1940s. Eithne told me that it was crocheted by an old woman in the hills beyond Roslea. It was probably crocheted with the help of her neighbours or family. When it was finished, she walked about 20 miles over hills and tracks it to sell it to Mrs McGorry. It was brown black, from the turf fire in her cottage. The McGorrys staff then ‘did it up’ in their laundry, so that it became white, crisp and beautiful.
I have always loved this piece, as it has the shamrock Clones knot filling stitch and would get it from the drawer each time I visited Eithne in the 1990s. When she died in November 1999, Eithne’s daughter, Daphne, kindly sold it to me and it is now a treasured part of my collection.
Venetian Needlepoint lace – sewn in early 18th century
according to lace experts Jules Kliot (Lacis) and Anne MacIver (Sunnyvale Lace Museum)
The second piece is Venetian Point lace and dates from the early 18th century, according to lace experts. The bottom edging is done in bobbin lace, to make it easier to remove for washing purposes. This Venetian Point lace piece (small gros point) has been cut at either end and was part of a larger piece. It was part of the possessions of Lady Langham of Tempo Manor, in Fermanagh, formerly the seat of a senior branch of the Maguires, up until the early 19th century. We can only imagine its history… It has a raised outline around the motifs, which is one of the identifying features of Innishmacsaint lace, and which is a feature of one of the Brady neck bands. Comparing the Venetian Point lace piece with the Brady neck bands, I became more aware of how Venetian Point lace would have influenced Clones Lace and Irish Crochet lace in the late 1840s-1850s, before the people began crocheting their own motifs, inspired by the wild flowers and commonplace items around them ( see Clones Lace, 2nd edition, by Máire Treanor, Lacis 2010)
1st and 2nd neckband are Clones lace samples from Edward Brady, a Clones Lace Buyer
The 3rd neckband was worn by the mother of Dorothy Scott, a school teacher in Temora, New South Wales between 1903-4. All three neckbands were crocheted by the same group of crocheters in Clones.
The 3rd and 4th neckbands are samples and came from a trunk, belonging to a Clones lace buyer in Clones – Edward Brady, who was a lace exporter from the late nineteenth century – 1940. Dorothy Scott sent me the third piece from Australia. It belonged to her mother, a school teacher in the Boundary Villa School, near Temora, New South Wales, in about 1903-4. All 3 pieces were made by the same group of women in the Clones area, as they have the same motifs and shape. The second piece has needle filling stitches. The 3rd and 5th pieces have the same water lily motifs. They are very similar to Venetian Needlepoint lace, which inspired Irish Crochet Lace.
More to be added…