Clones Lace Gallery

Clones Lace bookmark
shamrock necklace

shamrock necklace published in Inside Crochet issue 20, August 2011

Clones-Burano Masque

Clones Lace baby  collar

Shamrock Garden

Aine's lace- debs '08

16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lise McElroy on April 29, 2010 at 3:04 am


    The Clones-Burano mask is so beautiful, I hope to see it when I go visit Clones in June. I was in Burano last Fall maybe that influenced my interest in that particular piece. The bookmark is also very nice.
    Please tell me where I can see all these beautiful works of art.

    Lise McElroy
    Boucherville, Québec, Canada


  2. Posted by debviolet on January 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    how hard for a novice crochet-er to learn? or is more crochet experience desirable? thanks!


    • Posted by cloneslace on January 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Obviously more crochet experience is better, but not necessary. I feel that
      the desire to learn Irish Crochet is the most important. I have very little
      experience, when I started Irish Crochet, but was making great strides
      in a very short time. I was teaching it within a few months. I worked on the Ossaka wedding dress within 6 months of beginning Clones lace and I made
      the 1st christening gown within 18 months.


  3. Is there a pattern anywhere for the beautiful masque? I have not tried to do any Irish Lace but have been an observer long enough! Time for me to try my hand at it – are there books in addition to your book that you would recommend? And how do I go about purchasing your book? Needless to say, since I have made the decision to try this beautiful form of crochet I just can’t wait!!!! I look forward to hearing from you.

    P.S. Are you ever in Raleigh, NC?


    • Posted by cloneslace on June 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Deborah
      No, I haven’t been in Raleigh, NC yet, but you never know what the future will bring:) I will be giving workshops in Lacis, Berkeley, CA
      and the Steven Be Yarn Garage in Minneapolis in July and August, but I will be stopping off in Philly on my way home to stay with a friend.
      Another friend, who attended my workshop in Manchester NH last year, might organize a workshop in Philly next year, if all goes to plan.
      I’ll keep you posted on that:)
      You can order my book through Lacis at
      There is no pattern for the mask, but if you are interested in it, simply draw round a mask and the motifs are in my book or will be in
      Interweave Crochet over the next few issues – buying the book would be a faster way though:) You can watch me doing the Clones knot
      filling stitch on Youtube. Clones Lace and Irish Crochet is the original freeform crochet, so every piece you do is your own design.
      I encourage creativity and individuality:)


      • Posted by June L Cross on September 21, 2012 at 1:05 am

        I got the mask pattern when i downloaded the DVD yesterday! The images are wonderful!
        Blessings from June (UK)

      • Posted by cloneslace on September 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        Hi June
        I can’t wait to see the dvd. I’ve decided to wait for the dvd to arrive as my PC doesn’t have
        the correct Windows version. People put me off Windows 7, so I never got it!
        Glad that you’re enjoying the dvd. I will have copies for sale in a few weeks time!

  4. Posted by paula broset on March 2, 2012 at 2:20 am

    i am very interested in learning Clones lace crochet although i have only crocheted one shawl and some motifs. Would the technique translate to handspun lace-weight wool or alpaca and silk? Have you set a date for a Philly workshop in 2012?


    • Posted by cloneslace on March 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

      I usually use mercerized cordonnet, either DMC, Coats or Lizbeth. I know that people have done it
      on other types of thread, but it would be more difficult. If you go to Ravelry Irishcrochetlovers,
      you can lurk there for a while and see what people use:)
      I haven’t set a date for the Philly workshop yet, but if there is an interest, I will certainly contact
      Nancy, who wanted to organise it:)
      Thank you for your interest:) I will keep you up to date on it.


  5. Posted by sue buttimer on April 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    hi i love to learn how to do irish crochet can you please let me know where can i go about it? i live in cork. many thanks.


  6. Stunning! I have no other words!


  7. Posted by Barbara Mitchell on March 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I’ve just finished making a version of your wonderful mask after purchasing the DVD and instructions (I’m appliqueing it onto an evening purse). I also have all the editions carrying your series on Interweave Crochet and will be looking for your book. Are there any other sources for motifs you could direct me to?
    I watched the youtube video showing the joining of motifs with chain mesh. I didn’t see and was interested in finding out what you did when you finished an open section. Did you carry the thread behind a motif, slip stitch over to a new area or finish off and attach thread to a new area? I found that to be quite a challenge.
    And, finally, is there an explanation for why the video of you demonstrating the clones knot shows you turning the hook like the hands of a clock? I didn’t see anything in the written directions that describes that action.
    Thank you for your help, and most of all, for helping to re-energize the development of this most beautiful art form.


    • Posted by cloneslace on March 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Barbara
      I’d love to see your mask! Could you post a photo of it here or on to my gmail account With your permission I’d love to post it here! I’d also love to
      see it on the evening bag. What a lovely idea! You can purchase my book from Lacis, if
      you live in the States, or directly from me if you live anywhere else!
      When I finish off one area, I usually just cut the thread and start somewhere else.
      The way that I do the Clones knot is in my book and I got it from the older crocheters
      around here. It has never been in written form before and is quite difficult to draw out.
      When Interweave were printing the Clones knot, they just copy and pasted a way that they
      had from an article Galer Barnes wrote years ago! My way needs more photos, drawings and
      work for the publisher!:)


  8. Posted by Barbara Mitchell on March 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you for such a quick response. I went back and read all the articles again and noticed the insert describing the two different methods for Clones knots. I will be concentrating on planning ahead more on my next project to reduce the number of cut threads I have to weave back in–the back of my mask resembled a wild haircut.

    I finished the applique process yesterday and hope to finish the purse in the next few days and then photograph it. Thank you for the invitation to post it. I recently inherited some vintage linens and lace and am delighted to connect to that part of my heritage through my own creations. I look forward to seeing more lovely work in your book.

    Barb Mitchell, Juneau, Alaska


    • Posted by cloneslace on March 25, 2013 at 1:03 am

      Hi Barb
      I have often heard of Juneau. I have a friend who used to live there. Patty Rosnel comes to my workshop in Lacis Berkeley every year and we always share a room in the Rose Garden Inn where we stay while the class is going on.
      She now lives in Palmer AK! I have another woman coming this year from Alaska to the summer school in Clones!
      When I was in Loveland last year, doing the dvd, they were Sarah, one of the staff, had worked out how to do my type of Clones knot. I would have preferred them to print my type, but life is too short to get annoyed about wee things like this and I reckoned it would be in the dvd anyhow!:)
      My house is untidy, but I hate my lace to be all threads. I always finish them off and cut them as I go along:)



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