Tuesday, 15 May 2012

In which I work some Carrickmacross Lace

Mr P and I visited Helmsley recently, and I picked up a copy of White Work Embroidery by Barbara Dawson (Batsford) in a charity shop. Yes, I know I don't need any more craft books, but it was a Batsford book for £2.50!  And I didn't know anything about white work, so how else could I learn?!

Anyway.  It's a very good book, a sort of A-Z on white work.  I rather liked the look of Carrickmacross lace, and thought I'd have a bash at it.  You applique muslin on to net, couching it down, and then cut away the muslin that isn't part of the design.  So I doodled a design of some birds holding a key, and over the weekend I made this:

 It's on a blue background to show off the white work.  I'm rather pleased with it as a first attempt!  I also used little buttonhole eyelets in the design, they were fun to embroider.


  1. That looks lovely! I'd never heard of this technique before and seeing this, I'm really inspired to learn more about it.

  2. Thank you! It's really quite easy - if you can couch, you can do it!

  3. That looks great - you have inspired me to give it a try!

  4. Hooray! Can't wait to see what you do!