Gallery Irish Carrickmacross Needle Lace
Irish Carrickmacross Needle Lace', 'Irish Carrickmacross lace is one of the oldest Irish needle laces. This lace, like most other laces, derived its name from the area of origin. It was introduced around 1820, near the town of Carrickmacross, in the county of Monaghan. There were two types of Irish Carrickmacross made at that time, Guipure and Applique. The Guipure was a type of cut work, in which tiny little flowers and scrolls were traced on fine lawn or muslin. They were then attached by brides using the buttonhole stitch and accented with picots. The Applique Carrickmacross was done on a net ground. This was considered a stunning lace, with the one weakness that it did not wash well, and often frayed when cleaned.