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Irish Crochet Lace by Deirdre McQuillan


Crochet lace does wonders for the skin. The most delicate, intricate and feminine of all fabrics, the craftsmanship and skills of those who made its complex designs - women in post famine era Ireland - did wonders for families, saving them from destitution.


It was reckoned that in 1852 some 20,000 were earning a living from lacemaking with famous varieties coming from Youghal  in Cork, Carrickmacross and Limerick. When Queen Mary needed a lace train for a visit to India in 1911, 60 lacemakers in Youghal had to work shifts day and night for six months.


Lace’s ethereal decorative luxury has always been alluring – European portraits from the 16th and 17th century show how it displayed wealth and status, encircling the neck and wrists in fragile pearlescent flounces. In its ability to conceal as well as reveal it has always possessed both a seductive and virginal quality which explains its enduring association with weddings and bridal trousseaux. Who can forget Grace Kelly’s lace bridal gown which in turn inspired that of Kate Middleton and thousands of other women? Or more recently, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s famous statement lace collars?


Ireland still maintains its lacemaking skills. I visited the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery two years ago and saw exquisite examples of Monaghan’s continuing artistry using the same techniques as 200 years ago. On display were christening gowns, wedding and communion veils to liturgical vestments, blouses and collars.


Here at Stable, the exquisite specially commissioned crochet lace top was inspired by an Irish vintage piece from the 1960s handwoven for Francie’s mother; the modern version which took its maker some sixty hours to complete comes in 2ply organic cotton thread and can be made to order in white or black. An heirloom piece to be cherished and worn, its great appeal is that no matter what way it is worn, in daylight or nighttime, it will flatter any woman of any age as, in its time honoured way, lace has always done.



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Size Guide

STABLE Linens:

The Ultra Skinny 10 x 200cm

The Skinny 20 x 200cm

The Single Large 75 x 150cm

The Double Long 30 x 200cm


The Travel Mask:

At this time we only produce in 1 size, Medium. Currently, we are NOT able to produce in Large due to production limitations during the COVID-19 lockdown. These are adult sizes only. We do not currently make masks for children.

We recommended mask size selection dimensions based on average face ratios. A women’s faces tends to be smaller than a man’s face so typically women will require a Medium and men will require a Large. We do recommend you check the size required by following our measuring guide below before ordering.

The dimensions of The Travel Mask are -

Medium: 23.5cm wide and 12.5cm high

Large: 26.5cm wide x 14.5cm high

So to select your size use this guide - with a measuring tape, measure the distance across the middle of your face over the tip of your nose to within 2cm from each ear. Next measure the distance between your chin to the bridge of your nose.

For Medium Travel masks -

Cross face measurements will be between 25cm and 28cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 10cm and 13cm.

For Large Travel Masks -

Cross face measurements will be between 28cm and 31cm. Chin to the bridge of nose measurements will be between 13cm and 16cm.