History of Clones Lace

Cassandra Hand - from Clones Parish Bazaar Magazine 1906

Clones Lace is an Irish Crochet Lace, named after the town where it was marketed, developing its own character since 1847. Cassandra Hand, wife of the local Church of Ireland minister, introduced this lace, based on Venetian Point needle lace, as a famine relief project, in the small drumlin region of west Monaghan and southeast Fermanagh, at the height of the Great Famine.

The Clones people soon made it their own, imitating the flowers that grew in the area. Within a short period nearly every family in the area was involved in its production, supplying markets in Dublin, London, Paris, Rome and New York. Clones soon became the most important centre of crochet lace making in the north of Ireland, while Cork was the leading centre of the south of the country.

Since 1990, the  Cassandra Hand Summer School of Clones Lace has been a regular event in Clones. Although the summer workshop is small and intimate, over the last few years, bus groups of crochet enthusiasts have travelled to Clones at various times of the year, to experience the secrets of this unique and beautiful crochet lace.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cynthia Ann Vincent Charbonneau on January 15, 2012 at 1:18 am

    My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a little girl. I did’nt know there was a name for the lace she made. But after looking at the samples of the lace in the pictures, I know now this was the lace she made. Her name was Nora Kirkham Bowles. Someday maybe I can come there and go to one of the work shops.


    • Posted by cloneslace on January 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Cynthia
      Where do you live? I’d love to have you here to do a workshop, or maybe I will be somewhere closer to you:)



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