Irish Crochet/Clones lace masks

I’m getting very fond of masks!

I recently made another one for Áine,

my middle daughter!:)

I call it the Clones Cat Mask!

Aine wearing Clones Cat Mask

I also photographed Máiread, my eldest daughter, wearing the Clones Burano Mask!

Mairead wearing Clones Burano mask
Clones Burano mask

Clones Masquerade mask

Cáit, my youngest daughter, wearing her Masquerade black Mask

The pattern for my Clones -Burano mask, shown above, was featured in Crochet Traditions, part of Piecework  July 2012.

Over the next few weeks I would like to post some photographs of masks which I have designed and crocheted. I would  also like to post masks that other people have designed and crocheted, inspired by my Clones -Burano Mask, which first appeared in Interweave Crochet in Summer 2011.

This mask was inspired by masks that I saw when I visited Venice and Burano Island in August 2009, with my sister Aoibheann. If you would like to make your own mask, Crochet Traditions  published a pattern on this mask in their summer 2012 edition. It is also available as a free download with my dvd on Clones Lace and Irish Crochet, available through, or from me, using paypal!

I gave a mask to my eldest daughter, Mairead  as a graduation present in October 2011! As you can see, she loved it! I started making Clones Lace when she was a new baby!

This is my Clones Masquerade Mask.

My youngest daughter, Cait is the model.

Twenty years ago, she was the model for her christening robe! I will putting up a pattern for this masquerade mask soon. If you start it now, you might have it ready for Halloween or new year! I can’t make a pattern for the Clones -Burano mask, for copyright reasons, yet – but I will in the future, when the copyright runs out!

Cáit at 5 weeks old!

If anyone else has some masks, inspired by mine, why not let me know, and we can post them.  I have seen some great ones, but I need your permission and help to upload them for everyone to see! I always encourage my students to design and make their own mask. They get a lot more satisfaction out of designing their own masks!:)

Masks designed and crocheted by my students:

Tori modelling mask 1


Tori Knight modelling a mask designed and crocheted by Mary Deery in Clones 2013. photo taken at Liberty Belle Clones

Photo of Cynthia Charboneau’s mask to come…


13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julie Goodenough on April 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm



  2. So lovely. Will it be available from bookstores or something that we need to special order? I would love to have the pattern.


  3. Just beautiful I visited a lace museum in Enniskillen a few years ago was so interested bought a small crocheted collar have framed it and it is on my hall wall have crocheted since I was in my teens now 86 and still going with crafts of various kinds


  4. Posted by Ellen Anderson on June 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I just bought my first copy of Interweave Crochet. I loved the article on Clones Lace. I have never heard of it before, but I have been collecting Irish Crochet for years. I have been crocheting since I was a teenager and I am now 68. Now that I have gotten older, I can no longer use size 50 thread. I miss it so much. My Mother always said my work was too tight, so I finally entered my work in the California (USA) State Fair and received 3 blue ribbons! Most of my work has been given away because I always took it and worked on it when I went anywhere, including the hospital and if someone loved it, I would give it to them. Thanks


    • Posted by cloneslace on June 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Hi Ellen

      Great to hear from you! You must live in California! I will be there in a few weeks time
      – in Berkeley, SFO! I will be teaching a workshop in Lacis!
      Sometimes its nicer to give your crochet to someone who loves it, than try to sell it!
      I have been selling mine here in Clones since 1988, when I first started making Clones Lace.
      Nowadays I am making it for magazines and workshops!
      Great to hear from you!


  5. Qué precioso. Yo también tejo en hilos muy finos. Me ancanta el crochet!!


  6. Posted by Nancy Lyons on October 4, 2012 at 1:58 am

    i tried to get the pattern for that beautiful mask featured in the July 2012 Crochet Traditions, but could not access it. Please advvise how I can do this.


    • Posted by cloneslace on October 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Nancy
      Did you buy Crochet Traditions? If you go into Crochetme, Interweave Press’s website, you should be able to get it. Otherwise if you buy my dvd
      on Irish Crochet and Clones Lace, its available as a free download!


  7. Posted by juanita tagle (@hierbatera) on October 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

    hola marie soy de chile como consigo los patrones de mascaras o revista con eneñanza de irish crochet? mil gracias hermosos trabajo
    juanita tagle


    • Posted by cloneslace on October 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Gratias Juanita.
      Its great to hear from Chile! Have you seen Interweave or the dvd on Irish Crochet?



  8. Posted by veronique on July 5, 2013 at 3:19 am

    this is fantastic! i would love the pattern for it, how can i get it?


    • Posted by cloneslace on July 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Hi Veronique
      Where do you live? You can it as a free download with my dvd, which was
      released by Interweave Press in September 2012. Alternatively it was
      in Crochet Traditions Summer 2012. If you live in the States,I will be
      doing a workshop tour of the States, starting with SEFAA, Atlanta GA
      July 13-14. I will also be in Makers Mercantile Seattle July 26-28
      and Lacis SFO July 31 – August 3.


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