Things men have made with wakened hands, and put soft life into are awake through years with transferred touch, and go on glowing. – D.H. Lawrence

Have you ever thought that ideas are like buses — you have none for what feels like forever, and then three come at once? I’m going into the studio tomorrow with exactly three things to make. There’s an organic cotton baby blanket for a friend, there’s a mock up of a new handbag design (inspired by lace), and there’s a sample of what will possibly be a neckpiece (but might be something completely different) inspired by Irish Crochet lace. Surprisingly (I’m a bit crochet mad) I did not know what Irish Crochet was until a couple of days ago. Now I’m itching to try it — though I may make some slight modifications to the process. (:

It was this brief descirption on Wikipedia that set me off researching:

Irish Crochet Lace is made with a very fine crochet hook and fine crochet cotton or linen thread. You start by outlining your pattern on a piece of cloth. You then crochet each motif separately. The motifs are then stitched onto the cloth in the shape of the pattern. You then take up the cloth in your hand and join up the motifs using chains and picots. When all the motifs have been joined together forming one piece of lace the whole piece is removed from the background thus revealing your completed Irish Crochet Lace.

Now my mind is full of block printing designs and pale spider’s web lace dripping with pearls…

What gets your cogs tuning?