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The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts : 40 projects to make at home



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Author: Irish Countrywomen’s Association

Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd

Publish Date: 28 Dec 2014

ISBN-13: 9781781172346

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

Nothing compares with the pleasure and satisfaction of making something yourself, and for years the Irish Countrywomen’s Association has been at the forefront of Irish craft. This beautiful book is an inspiring collection of projects from ICA members that introduce traditional Irish crafts in a fresh, modern way. From making your own jewellery and embroidered cushions, to crochet hats and handmade Christmas decorations, ‘The ICA Book of Craft’ contains 40 practical projects to inspire you to have a go.
Many of the ideas are simple enough to be tackled by beginners; some are more of a labour of love. Try your hand at a cosy scarf, beautiful Aran jumper or delicate lace collar, or add finishing touches to your home with redwork embroidery, fabric covered boxes or seasonal decorations.
Collected from ICA members around the country and captured in beautiful, atmospheric photographs, the projects in this book show you how to make jewellery, soft furnishings, clothing and festive decorations with a personal touch and a home-made flavour.
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About the Author

Founded in 1910 the Irish Countrywomen’s Association celebrated its centenary in 2010. With over 11,000 members, 27 Federations (or County Committees) and 553 Guilds around the country, the ICA has played a pivotal role in supporting Irish craft and keeping traditional skills alive.
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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements 11
Introduction 13
Stitch and Sew
Hairpin Crochet Stole 21
Crochet Cushion Cover 26
Allsorts Patchwork Quilt 29
Chicken Scratching Embroidery Tea Cosy 33
Smocking 37
Shadow Embroidery 41
Redwork Embroidery Cushion Cover 45
Cross-stitch Bookmark 49
Rag Rug 53
Make and Wear
Child’s Aran Jacket 58
Crochet Hats 69
Whirl Scarf 73
Upcycled Child’s Skirt and Cap 77
Clones Lace Wild Rose Medallion Necklace 81
Irish Crochet 85
Peyote Stitch Bracelet 93
Beaded Ring Necklace 97
Tissue Paper Pompom 101
Donegal Tweed Necklace and Ring 103
Felted Bead Necklace 105
Button Rings 109
Store and Keep
Lumra Bag 113
Leather Bag 117
Covered File Box 119
Hedgerow Basket 124
Rushwork Coil Table Mat 127
Hand Stamped Tea Towel 129
Celebrate
Lace Crochet Baby Bonnet and Bootees 132
Iris Folding 141
DIY Circular Disc Banner 145
Mr and Mrs Claus 148
Two Little Angels 154
Carrickmacross Lace 161
Mini Wreath 170
Christmas Table Runner and Place Mats 173
Hat Pin Cushion 176
DIY Ribbon Dispenser 179
Christmas Card Holder 181
Knitted Easter Chick 185
Homemade Blackboard Sign 189
Contributors 190
Credits 192
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