Favorite Irish Crochet Designs | Edited by Rita Weiss

Favorite Irish Crochet Designs | Edited by Rita Weiss

Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (1985)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 048624962X
ISBN-13: 978-0486249629

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Create airy and delicate lace designs for table, bed, and wardrobe using the time-honored technique of Irish Crochet. This handsome handicraft, known for its raised floral motifs and intricate background patterns, probably originated in the convents of Ireland, where diligent nuns prepared beautiful ornaments for use in church services. Today, this stunning form of lace-making has been adapted and simplified for dozens of day-to-day uses: decorating curtains, tablecloths, pillows, bedspreads, lingerie, collars, children's clothing, doilies and more.

Rita Weiss, a noted needlework designer and best-selling author, has collected the finest, easily workable examples of Irish crochet from rare American thread company booklets of more than fifty years ago. Step-by-step instructions, stitch and hook charts, metric conversion charts, and forty clear illustrations allow you to make magnificent accessories in these lovely patterns: My Wild Irish Rose, Popcorn, Rose of Sharon, Cinderella, More Than a Touch of Blarney, Beauty Rose, "Smilin’ Through," Tournament of Roses, Wedding Ring, Dublin Beauty, Irish Springtime, and others. No skills beyond a familiarity with ordinary crochet techniques are needed to create these beautiful patterns. In addition, expert tips on blocking and finishing make it certain that your final product will be nothing short of a work of art.

With this versatile, inexpensive guide, the beauty of Irish Crochet - once thought too difficult to achieve by any but the most experienced needleworkers - is now within reach of even beginning crocheters.

 

Patterns in this publication were selected from the following vintage publications:

Book of 100 Edgings
Star Book of Doilies
American Thread
Book 7
Star / American Thread
Book 18
Star / American Thread
Book 22
American Thread
Book 30
Edgings
Tatted & Crocheted Designs
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Star Bedspreads
Flower Edgings
Star / American Thread
Book 34
American Thread
Book 59
Star / American Thread
Book 65
American Thread
Book 68
Ruffled Doilies
Spreads That Are Different
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Bedspreads
Bedspreads Book 122
Bedspreads
Doilies
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 85
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 122
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 152
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 184
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Old and New Favorites
Crochet Your Gifts
Bedspreads
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 205
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 212
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 214
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 232
Home Favorites
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The Spool Cotton Co
Book 320
Lily Mills
Book 1800
Lily Mills
Book 2000
Bernhard Ulmann
Book 106
Edgings
Decorating with Crochet
Crocheted Bedspreads
Bucilla Cottons
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Royal Society
Book 1
Royal Society
Book 4
Hand Crochet by Royal Society
Hand Crochet by Royal Society
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Pattern List

Irish Crochet Trim
Irish Rose Ruffle
Irish Beauties Edging #1
Irish Beauties Edging #2
Irish Beauties Edging #3
Irish Beauties Edging #4
Irish Beauties Edging #5
Irish Beauties Edging #6
Irish Springtime Doily
Wedding Ring Bedspread
A Tournament of Roses Spread
A Block a Day Bedspread
Irish Crochet Banded Dinner Table Doily #23
Round Dinner Table Doily #24
Edging #25
Edging #26
Edging #27
Edging #28
Edging #29
Edging #30
Insertion #31
Edging #32

Irish Rose Tablecloth
Irish Lace Tablecloth
Beauty Rose Bedspread #657
Rose of Sharon Doily #7271
Irish Crochet Doily #7575
Irish Crochet Collar #2653
My Wild Irish Rose Bedpsread #6128
Irish Popcorn Bedspread #60
More Than a Touch of Blarney Bedspread
Smilin' Through Tablecloth
Irish Crochet Edging #S-832
Irish Crochet Edging #S-833
Irish Crochet Edging #S-834
Irish Crochet Edging #S-835
Irish Crochet Edging #S-836
Irish Crochet Edging #S-837
Irish Crochet Edging #S-838
Dublin Beauty Bedspread #3406
Irish Rose Edging #6519
Cinderella Bedspread
Irish Crochet Motif

Doll Clothes Patterns eBook

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The Spool Cotton Company

Victory Barnyard
Dolls of the Americas
Presenting Dolls from Old American Songs
 
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 204
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 284
The Spool Cotton Co
Book 292
 
 
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The American Thread Company

toys
dolls and dolls
the big top in crochet
 
Star / American Thread
Book 39
Star / American Thread
Book 84
Star / American Thread
Book 90
 
 
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Doreen Knitting

Dolls 102
Dolls 104
 
 
Doreen
Book 102
Doreen
Book 104
 
 
 
 
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DMC

dolls of many nations
Dolls of Famous Women in History
Dolls of France
 
DMC Corporation
Volume 403
DMC Corporation
Volume 406
DMC Corporation
Volume 409
 
 
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Fashions in Wool

Clothes for Fashion Model Dolls
 
 
 
Fashions in Wool
Book 99
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pinwheel Star Wreath Pattern

Pinwheel Star Wreath Pattern

A silver wreath, about 16" high, made of crepe-backed foil paper. The wreath is a cardboard circle with a revolv­ing pinwheel star in center.

   Materials: Norcross green-and-silver Fashion Foil paper (a crinkly paper that is green on one side and silver on the other); lightweight cardboard; glue; scrap of green yarn; three tiny jingle bells; three small Christmas bells.
   Directions: Cut a cardboard circle, 13½" across; cut a 12" circle out of the center of it, leaving a rim 1½" wide. Cut a cardboard 5-pointed star (see directions below), 9" across. Using cardboard patterns, cut two stars and two rims from foil paper; make foil paper rims 1¼" wider, inside and outside, than cardboard. Glue one foil star to cardboard star and one foil rim to cardboard rim, green side out. Score along dotted lines and slash along solid lines pinwheel fashion (Fig. 3). Place star inside rim (Fig. 4), card­board sides up, and glue a cord across them, forming cord into a loop at top. Glue remaining foil star and rim, silver side up, onto uncovered side of cardboard shapes. Cut pinwheel slashes of stars through this foil covering, then bend slashes outward along scored lines (Fig. 3). Fringe inner and outer edges of rim diagonally. Tie a bunch of jingle bells to center of star (when star spins, bells will jingle). Make a large loop of foil paper and tie it to top of wreath. Tie three Christmas bells to center of foil loop.

 

HOW TO MAKE A STAR

  1. Draw a circle desired size of star. With compass or dividers, find 5 equidistant points A on circumference of circle. Draw lines to connect points to form a pentagon.
  2. Using same center of circle, draw another circle as illustrated (distance of inner circle from outer circle controls depth of star points). Find centers of 5 sides of pentagon (points B). From these centers, draw a line through center of circle to opposite points A.
  3. Draw lines from points A of pentagon to where dividing lines intersect inner circle (points C) to form star.

Pinwheel Star Wreath Pattern
Pinwheel Star Wreath Pattern

Paper Christmas Tree Pattern

Paper Christmas Tree Pattern

A golden tree, about 13" high, made of crepe-backed foil paper. The tree is pleated and fringed, stands on a cardboard cone and base.

   Materials: Norcross green-and-gold Fashion Foil paper (a crinkly paper, gold on one side and green on the other); silver flitter; lightweight cardboard; glue.
   Directions: For base, cut a 9" circle of cardboard and two 10" circles of foil. Paste foil circles, green side out, onto both sides of cardboard circle, letting edges of foil circles extend ½" beyond edge of cardboard. Fringe ½" extension.
   For support, make a cardboard cone 11" high and 3" across bottom. Cover with foil, green side out. Glue cone to center of base.
   For tree, cut a foil-paper circle, 20" in diameter. With gold side up, fold into sixteenths (Fig. 1), folding solid lines out and dotted lines in. Cut three curved notches along each outside fold (indicated by solid lines in Fig. 2). Fringe each notch from edge to dotted line. Fringe bottom edge of tree ½" deep all around. Curl all fringes outward slightly so that green underside will show. Place tree on supporting cone.
   Cut two stars (see directions below) from foil paper. Glue together, gold side out. Brush one side of star with glue and sprinkle with silver flitter. Mount on tree with a pin.

 

HOW TO MAKE A STAR

  1. Draw a circle desired size of star. With compass or dividers, find 5 equidistant points A on circumference of circle. Draw lines to connect points to form a pentagon.
  2. Using same center of circle, draw another circle as illustrated (distance of inner circle from outer circle controls depth of star points). Find centers of 5 sides of pentagon (points B). From these centers, draw a line through center of circle to opposite points A.
  3. Draw lines from points A of pentagon to where dividing lines intersect inner circle (points C) to form star.

Paper Christmas Tree Pattern
How to Make a Star

Christmas Garland Pattern

Christmas Garland Pattern

Crepe paper garland is fringed and gathered, tipped with blue "snow," caught with ribbons and Christmas balls.

   Materials: Dennison's crepe paper, green (1 package will make almost 3 yds. of garland); needle and heavy-duty thread; glue; silver flitter; La France bead-bluing; green spool wire; 1½" Christmas balls; red ribbon 3" wide.
   Directions: Cut folded crepe paper into 4" strips, across folds (7 strips make 4 yds. of garland). Open strip and refold to 8 thicknesses. Pin through center, cut 1½" deep fringe along both edges. Before unfolding strips, dip tips of fringe in "Christmas Blue" (directions below). Open and let dry. Brush fringe tips lightly with glue and sprinkle with silver flitter. When dry gather strips through center with needle and thread. Twist and push together to form garland. Loop garland gracefully wherever desired. Catch with ribbon bows and wired Christmas balls.
   Christmas Blue: Pour 1 cup of La France bead-bluing into a small, deep bowl. Add ¼ cup cold water. Beat with egg beater into creamy consistency.


Yarn Christmas Tree and Crochet Christmas Ornaments Patterns

Yarn Christmas Tree and Crochet Christmas Ornaments Patterns

CHRISTMAS TREE

Materials: Plaster of Paris; ½" dowel stick 12" long; oblong sardine can or flat round tuna fish can; airplane cement; stiff wire; thin spool wire; 1 package green crepe paper; cotton batting; Star Silateen Sansil crochet cotton, green; C•B Tatting Cotton in a variety of colors; gold or silver flitter; steel crochet hook No. 10.

TREE: Fill oblong or round can with wet plaster of Paris. Place dowel stick upright in center of can and let plaster harden for one hour. Glue and wind dowel tree trunk with ½" strips of green crepe paper.
   Branches: Cut six 4" pieces stiff wire for top row, seven 5" pieces for next row down, seven 6" pieces for next row down, eight 7" pieces for bottom row.
   To make green needles on branches, wind crochet cotton around 2 fingers 6 times, hold at center. Clip loops at both ends and fold in half. Dab glue on folded ends of yarn, place flat on wire branch and wind over folded ends with green thread to hold in place. Fill branch with yarn needles, keeping all cut ends in same direction, to within 1" of end of wire. Put yarn needles on all branches in same way. Fasten branches to dowel trunk in rows, by wrapping ends to trunk with spool wire. Wind trunk again with ½" strips of wire. Use crepe paper to cover joints. Cover base of can with cotton.

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Crocheted Trimmings: All made with tatting cotton in colors. Dip in glue all decorations except balls and canes and sprinkle with flitter.

Balls: Ch 4, join to form a ring. Ch 3, make 16 dc in ring.
Rnd 2: Work in dc, increasing to 24 sts in rnd. Join.
Rnds 3 and 4: Work even in dc.
Rnd 5: Work in dc, decreasing every 3rd st, join. Stuff with cotton.
Rnds 6 and 7: Work in dc, decreasing every 3rd st.
Ch 6, sl st in first ch to form loop.

Bells: Work the same as for balls through rnd 2. Then work 7 rows even of sc. Roll edge up 1 row. Starch and stretch over thimble.

Round Decoration: Ch 5, join. Work 20 dc in ring.
Rnd 2: Ch 5, dc in next st, * ch 2, dc in next st, repeat from * around, join.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in first sp, * ch 2, 2 dc in next sp, repeat from * around, join. Circles may be finished with a round of plain sc or sc and picots.

Half Circle Decorations: Start same as circle to rnd 2.
Rnd 2: Work dc and ch 2 halfway around circle and end off.

Top Star: Ch 4, join. Ch 3, make 14 dc in ring.
Rnds 2 and 3: Ch 3, dc in same st. Make 2 dc in each dc around (30 dc in rnd 2, 60 dc in rnd 3). Ch 3, turn.
Points: Ch 3, dc in next 10 dc, ch 3, turn. Skip first dc, dc in next 7 dc, skip next dc, dc in last dc. Dec in same manner for 4 more rows to form point. Break thread. Skip 1 st at base of point and attach thread. Make 4 more points the same as first.
Stars can be made smaller by using less stitches and working in same manner. Use any number of stitches divisible by 5.

Cane: With white, ch 20. Work 2 rows of sc. Break off white and attach red. Work 2 rows of sc in red. Wrap crochet around wire in diagonal fashion, glue in place. Bend wire to form cane.

Many other decorations may be made, such as sc worked over bone rings.


McCall's Needlework & Crafts Magazine

Vintage magazine with knitting, crochet, home arts, and crafts. Distributed in semi-annual and annual issues beginning in 1873..

McCall's Needlework Magazine | Fall-Winter 1953-54

McCall's NeedleworkMagazine | Fall-Winter 1953-54

McCall's Needlework Magazine
Fall-Winter 1953-54
McCall Corporation
Original Copyright 1953

Ballet Dancers Cross Stitch Chart

Ballet Cross Stitch Chart

Pattern includes pattern, 11¾" x 12¾" for a picture, combining cross-stitch and embroidery. A chart for placing the colors in the cross-stitch is also included.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Six-strand cotton should be used for the embroidery, in the following colors and amounts: One skein each of dark brown, bright yellow, medium dark red, bright red, medium peach, peach, light peach, brilliant green, yellow green, medium blue gray, 2 skeins of very light grey and 4 skeins of while. For the background, use a piece of green material 18" x 22". The suitable materials are smooth linen, medium weight linen-like cotton and sateen.

CROSS-STITCH: Follow the chart for placing the colors and use six strands of six-strand cotton in the needle for the work. In working cross-stitch, it is very important to have the crosses of the entire piece crossed in the same direction. Keep the stitches as even as possible and be sure all crosses touch. To do this, put the needle in the same hole as used for the adjoining stitch.

EMBROIDERY: The dotted lines on the pattern merely indicate the separation of colors. Follow the illustration for placing the colors. Work the features first, using one strand of cotton in the needle. Lips are bright red satin-stitch, eyes dark brown outline-stitch with single stitches for the eye lashes. The green shadow around each eye is the background material. Next, work all brown outlines using two strands in the needle. Work the floor line in brown running-stitch. Next fill in the flesh tones and work shoes in Kensington-stitch using four strands in the needle. The first step in working this stitch is to make a row of long and short stitches. Into this row, work a row of long and short stitches like a row of saw teeth. Dovetail the stitches of the subsequent rows into these stitches. It is very necessary to keep an uneven edge after completing each row, so the colors will blend and not end in straight rows. The shoes are bright red with dark red soles. Peach and light peach are used for the flesh tones. Medium peach is used under each eye, to give a rouged effect.

TO BLOCK DESIGN: Cover a large bread or drawing board with clean brown wrapping paper. Mark the size of the material (18" x 22") on the brown paper. If the embroidered piece is badly soiled, it may be washed; if slightly soiled, dip in a cleaning fluid. Place the wet piece (right side up) on the board, pull edges of the material to meet the guide lines drawn on the brown paper. Tack all edges of the material to the board, placing thumb tacks close together. Allow the piece to remain on the board until thoroughly dry.

BEFORE FRAMING: The embroidered piece should be stretched over a piece of stiff cardboard, cut to fit the frame. In stretching the material, be sure to keep the design perfectly straight. Pins driven through the material and into the edge of cardboard will be helpful in keeping the material straight. Paste edge of material down on the wrong side.

SUGGESTION FOR FRAMING: The framed picture illustrated is 14" x 18". The frame is an antique white rococo molding, 2½" wide.


Ballet Cross Stitch Chart
Ballet Cross Stitch Chart

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