This is a sampling of some 19th Century pattern copies that I made. Yes, Jenny, you are right to say that some of the Irish lace is made with a cord outline. It is a copy of a Duchess Lace or other lace with the cording. But not all Irish Lace is made that way. Originally it was a Cluny Crochet Lace, which is different from Cluny Lace itself. These examples are laces that have a Venetian Lace image and are cordless. Also, Irish crochet is done in either, padded, low-pad or no pad. I am still learning about it myself. I feel that it was any lace made by crochet hook as an attempt to create lace at little cost by a poor countryfolk. And in some books I have found that America is considered the origin of crochet lace! I am still investigating the different theories. There is a purse that I am making where each individual rose and leaf is made separately and then netted together., also Irish technique.
Laura Bullinger said: