While living and travelling around Europe with my husband and children in our campervan, I made sure to bring a box of crochet hooks and plenty of cotton with me.
Crochet lace has been a huge part in my family history passed down for generations. My Grandmother Eileen O’Leary taught me the craft from a very young age and I’ve truly been “hooked” since.
I now crochet freestyle and create my own patterns, mostly fine crochet jewellery, tops, formal bags, purses, lace gloves, headpieces and other accessories.
I find inspiration online, from antique books and from a vast collection of antique crochet that was left to me by my grandmother. One of the pieces left to me is a crochet lace wedding dress which my Grandmother wore for her wedding in September 1959. The entire outfit and two bridesmaids dresses were crocheted and made up by her mother, my great grandmother and I got to wear it for my own wedding in 2012.
I’ve been crochetting for over 20 years and I learned to make lace and use traditional Irish crochet lace techniques with my Grandmother during that time. Most of my pieces are one offs as I never follow a pattern however I am currently writing all of my designs and some of my patterns are available to order in my Etsy shop. I also have a YouTube channel which I am beginning to grow and will be offering free Irish crochet tutorials over the next few months.
So if you ever wanted to learn, hit subscribe and get crochetting 🙌🏻