CARRICKMACROSS LACE

Carrickmacross Lace is a traditional form of Irish fine white work embroidery. Net (tulle) and cotton organdie are sewn together with a couching stitch and then areas of cotton organdie are cut away to expose the net. Buttonhole stitch and net patterns are worked on the net. The edge of shapes can be decorated with picot stitch (loops created with a cord). The technique is visually interesting because of the dimension of the different thicknesses of fabric and the patterns created on the net. It is also fun to do, requires very little materials and does not need to be worked in a frame.

Beginners: Carrickmacross Lace Sampler

Advanced: Carrickmacross Lace Bee | Carrickmacross Lace Quail

Carrickmacross Lace Supplies: Cotton Organdie | Honeycomb Tulle (Net) | DMC No. 20 Cordonnet or Cebelia (Cord)

Guttermans Fine Cotton Thread (Couching Thread) | Curved Blade Scissors | No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles | Needle Threaders

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1: Couching

2: Picot Edge

3: Several Rows of Couching and Varying Sizes of Loops on Picot Edge

4: Pops

5: Buttonhole Bars

6: Net Pattern

Samples of Carrickmacross Lace

Framing the Samples

Front of the Samples

Back of the Samples

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CARRICKMACROSS LACE SAMPLER KIT

This sampler kit is suitable for beginners in the Carrickmacross Lace technique.

Carrickmacross Lace inspired the design for Kate Middleton's wedding dress and has brought the technique back into popularity.

The technique is similar to Fine White Work but is simpler and does not need to be worked in a frame or hoop. It is a fun technique because of the dimensions it creates and involves different stitches such as couching, buttonhole stitch and net patterns.

This is a a very informative instructional kit the techniques that are covered in the instructions can be applied to you own designs.

1: Couching

Picture 1 shows the basic stitch of Carrickmacross Lace which is couching down a cord with a fine white thread and then areas of the cotton organdie cut away to expose the net in preparation for net patterns or button hole pops to be worked on the net.

2: Couching with Picot Edge

Picture 2 shows couching in the center, a picot edge on the outside edge of the circle using the cord and the fine white couching thread. In traditional Carrickmacross lace the picot edge loops should be even in size and spacing. Cotton Organdie has been cut away to leave the net exposed at the center of the larger shapes in preparation for net patterns or button hole pops to be worked on the net.

3: Couching with Picot Edge - Enhanced

Picture 3 shows more than one row of couching which creates heavier lines of white stitching. The picot edge has been worked alternating different size loops.

4: Pops

Picture 4 shows pops worked in the center of the circle. Pops are a buttonhole wheel worked over the net.

5: Buttonhole Bars

The pictures below show buttonhole bars and buttonhole bars with thorns. The fabric and net has been cut away from behind the buttonhole bars.

Buttonhole Bars

Buttonhole Bars with Thorn

Buttonhole Bars with Thorn

6: Net Patterns

The pictures below show different net patterns worked on open net areas.

Net Pattern

Net Pattern

Daisies Net Pattern

KIT CONTENTS

Instruction Booklet - 30 Pages Detailing all the samples  •  1 No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  One Piece of Cotton Organdie Fabric 8 inch by 10 inch  •  One Piece of Honeycombe Net (Tulle) 8 inch by 10 inch  •  Spool of Gutterman's Fine White Cotton Couching Thread  •  Spool of DMC No. 20 Cordonnet for the Cord

KIT COST

Carrickmacross Lace Sampler Kit: $35.00 Canadian Dollars

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Carrickmacross Lace Sampler Instruction Booklet Only: $28.00 Canadian Dollars

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Please note it is very important to use the appropriate cotton organdie fabric for carrickmacross lace. The fabric should be non fraying, otherwise the stitching will come away from the fabric when you do the cut work. Organza fabric will not work with this technique.


CURVED BLADE SCISSORS

I highly recommend the curved blades scissors for cutting away the cotton organdie as the shape of the scissors allows you to get close to the couched cord to cut away the organdie. I also sell straight blades in this type of scissors which are very sharp inexpensive scissors.

Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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NO. 10 CREWEL EMBROIDERY NEEDLES

The Carrickmacross Lace kit comes with one No. 10 embroidery needle. As these fine embroidery needles can be difficult to come by I have given you the option to order extra needles below.

Packet of Crewel/Embroidery Needles Size 10: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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NEEDLE THREADERS

Three Metal Top Wire Needle Threaders: $1.00 Canadian Dollars

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DISPLAYING THE SAMPLES

Even though the back of the embroideries are not exactly the same as the front, the samples can be displayed so both sides can be viewed. I found a two-sided  free standing frame at Michael's craft store. The samples are sandwiched between two planes of glass, and look lovely and delicate like snow flakes.

The samples would also look beautiful mounted on a colour background such as silk paper or coloured mat.


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Carrickmacross Lace Bee

Carrickmacross Lace Quail

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Carrickmacross Lace Quail Worked by Marion Brumwell in Ontario Canada. Marion worked even sized picots around the edge instead of alternating between large and small picots.

CARRICKMACROSS LACE ADVANCED DESIGNS

This bee and quail are advanced designs in the Carrickmacross Lace technique.

You will require the instructions from the beginners Carrickmacross Lace Sampler kit in addition to the instructions from the bee or quail kit to work the advanced pieces. I recommend working several of the samples from the beginners kit to familiarize yourself with the technique before working the bee or quail.

CARRICKMACROSS LACE BEE or QUAIL SIZE

3 inches in diameter.

KIT CONTENTS: MATERIALS FOR MAKING TWO DESIGNS PER KIT

Instruction Booklet - 5 or 6 Pages Explaining The Method of Working the Bee or Quail •  1 No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle  •  One Piece of Cotton Organdie Fabric  •  One Piece of Honeycomb Net (Tulle)  •  Spool of Gutterman's Fine White Cotton Couching Thread  •  DMC No. 20 Cordonnet for the Cord

KIT COST

Carrickmacross Lace Kit: $8.00 Canadian Dollars

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INSTRUCTIONS ONLY

Carrickmacross Lace Instructions: $7.00 Canadian Dollars

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White Cotton Organdie

The picture is a close up of the fabric. The fabric is closely woven and firm and will not fray easily

Honeycomb Tulle (Net)

DMC No. 20 Cordonnet

Guttermans Fine Cotton Thread

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Curved Blade Scissors

No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles

Metal Top Wire Needle Threaders

 

CARRICKMACROSS LACE SUPPLIES

Please note that the kits come with all the fabric and thread you need to work the design.

WHITE COTTON ORGANDIE: Fabric is 48 inches wide.

Cotton Organdie is a firm, closely woven fabric that does not fray easily. It is important to use the correct fabric for Carrickmacross lace. Do not use organza fabric or a fine cotton fabric as the fabric will fray too easily and the embroidery will fall apart.

1 Yard of White Cotton Organdie Fabric: $48.95 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of White Cotton Organdie Fabric: $24.50 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch by 10 inch Piece of White Cotton Organdie Fabric: $4.50 Canadian Dollars

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WHITE HONEYCOMB TULLE (NET):

8 inch by 10 inch Piece of White Honeycomb Tulle (Net): $3.00 Canadian Dollars

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36 inch by 60 inch Piece of White Honeycomb Tulle (Net): $40.00 Canadian Dollars

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CORD FOR CARRICKMACROSS LACE - 100% COTTON

20 Gram ball of White DMC No. 20 Cordonnet (approximately 175 yards) : $3.95 Canadian Dollars

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WHITE GUTTERMANS FINE COTTON THREAD (COUCHING THREAD)

Spool of White Guttermans Fine Cotton Thread (40 Meters): $0.95 Canadian Dollars

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CURVED BLADE SCISSORS

I highly recommend the curved blades scissors for cutting away the cotton organdie as the shape of the scissors allows you to get close to the couched cord to cut away the organdie. I also sell straight blades in this type of scissors which are very sharp inexpensive scissors.

Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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No. 10 CREWEL EMBROIDERY NEEDLES

The Carrickmacross Lace kit comes with one No. 10 embroidery needle. As these fine embroidery needles can be difficult to come by I have given you the option to order extra needles below.

Packet of Crewel/Embroidery Needles Size 10: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

Quantity: Select Brand: View Cart


NEEDLE THREADERS

Three Metal Top Wire Needle Threaders: $1.00 Canadian Dollars Each

Quantity: View Cart


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