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The delicate three-dimensional flowers, leaves and sprays that
characterize Irish crochet are considered by many to be the finest
example of the crocheter's art. This beautiful craft was
originally developed in mid-19th century Ireland as a method of
imitating expensive Venetian point laces.
In Irish crochet, separate motifs are worked, often over a
foundation or filling cord, then joined to one another with an
openwork ground. Each Irish crochet piece uses three different
sizes of thread – a thick thread for the foundation, a medium
thread for the motifs, and a thin thread for the ground.