Irish Crochet Lace Artist Máire Treanor visits New England, Summer 2012

Touring in Ireland and France this spring on a ‘lace quest’, I met many talented lacemakers and historians, none more knowledgeable than Máire Treanor of Clones, County Monaghan.

Máire Treanor has been instrumental in preserving the traditional patterns of Irish Crochet Lace, particularly Clones Lace.  Steeped in the traditions of home-based industry, Clones was a center of Irish Crochet lace production from post-Famine times in the 1840’s, through its heyday in the Victorian period and beyond. Clones Lace has a distinctive caché and a versatility that has allowed it to endure and evolve into its vibrant, modern form of the present day.

Máire Treanor has not only collected samples of original Clones lace and traditional patterns, she teaches and demonstrates stitches and techniques of the craft that might otherwise be lost. Máire is a frequent contributor to to publications on lace and crochet, and is the author of the book, Clones Lace: The Story and Patterns of an Irish Crochet, comprising a fascinating history of Clones Lace augmented by personal anecdotes and instructional material.

I’m delighted that Máire will be visiting New England on her 2012 teaching and book tour of the U.S. this summer. Events on her East Coast schedule include:

Saturday, July 28, 2012
WEBS, Northampton MA: Book signing and demonstration, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Free.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
West Dennis Library, West Dennis MA: Book signing, Presentation, Reception, 12:30 – 1:30 – Free event but tickets are required: Get free tickets here.

Hands-on Workshop for Crocheters 2:00 – 5:00 PM. $70. Seating is limited.
Register here for the West Dennis Library Workshop.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sage Yarn, Falmouth MA: Workshop 1:00 – 4:00 PM. $65.
Register for this event.
Book signing & Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Free.

Contact us at Textile Travel with any questions, or if you need to book accommodation on the Cape for the above events.

Lace and More in Normandy

Though the quaint Normandy town of Bayeux is famous for its Tapestry (really an embroidery) depicting William the Conqueror’s 1066 victory over the English, the town is remarkable for other reasons, including a wonderful open-air market and regional specialties such as Calvados and hard cider:

                                                                                                                                                                                        But for fiber lovers, the still-vibrant tradition of lace-making is reason enough to visit Bayeux. Read more about it on our travel blog, Rovings and Yarns!

Plimouth Plantation creates new line of yarn

On November 10, 2011, Plimoth Plantation will introduce its new line of 100% wool yarn. “New Plimoth Worsted” will be custom spun in the village of Harrisville, New Hampshire by Harrisville Designs. The new line will be introduced at the Plantation’s Winter-into-Spring Farmers’ Market, and will feature a lecture at 3:00 P.M. by John Colony, owner of Harrisville Designs. The public is invited.
Press release about the event is here.

The yarn’s unique color palette was created by the Historic English Clothing and Textiles staff at Plimouth Plantation, matching colors produced by using natural dyestuffs of the 17th century.

Plimoth Plantation’s “New Plimoth Worsted” is available exclusively in Plimoth Plantation retail shops and on

Read more about it here.

Peaches & Creme – Bad & Good

By now most fiber afficionados have learned that Peaches & Creme cotton yarn is defunct – a North Carolina factory produced the last U.S.-made cotton yarn; they sold their equipment, inventory and trademarks to a Canadian firm in early 2011.

  • The bad: 81 workers lost their jobs as a result of the sale & move of the company. According to one insider, the company’s management failed to develop new markets for their product, and relied on the grace and favor of Wallyworld to buy their inventory each month.
  • The good: though the Canadian firm now owns the label (apparently the most valuable asset), much of the ‘old’ stock of Peaches & Creme was sold to discounter Dollar Tree, where, through the jungle telegraph of Ravelry and other fibermedia, a veritable frenzy of seeking and buying has been unleashed. Spacloths, washcloths and dishcloths dancing in their heads, fibernuts are descending upon unsuspecting Dollar Trees like a plague of locusts, cleaning out Peaches & Creme balls in a flash of creative stash-building.

    OK, I bought a few. Lovely ombre tones and some solids. But I’m not saying where in Dennisport MA, USA I found them. I just know I’m knocking out some rich spa cloths in travel size, for holiday gifts.