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Carrickmacross Lace Kit & Curved Scissors – A Give-Away!


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The other day, I reviewed Tanja Berlin’s new Carrickmacross Lace Sampler kit, and today, courtesy of Berlin Embroidery Designs, and today, it’s time for a give-away!

Carrickmacross Lace Kit by Tanja Berlin

If you’re not familiar with Carrickmacross lace or with Tanja Berlin’s wonderful embroidery kits, feel free to take a look at my Carrickmacross Lace Kit Review, and at Tanja Berlin’s website. Her embroidery kits and instructional booklets in them are so thorough! If you want to learn an embroidery technique, her kits are an excellent way to learn the basics (and beyond!).

Thanks to Tanja (thanks, Tanja!), today I’m giving away one of her new Carrickmacross Lace Sampler kits, along with…

Carrickmacross Lace Sampler kit and sharp curved scissors

…a pair of sharp, curved-blade embroidery scissors that are the perfect tool for this technique. Since the technique involves cutting away layers of net and fabric after the embroidery is finished, curved blades are ideal. They allow you to get really close to the embroidery, with less chance of snipping it.

Give-Away Guidelines

If you’d like to participate in today’s give-away for a chance to win the kit and scissors, please follow these guidelines:

(This give-away is now ended.)

1. Leave a comment below (not via email or on any other article on the site). Just follow this link to the comment form, and you’ll arrive in the correct place to leave a comment.

2. In your comment, please answer the following question:

Have you ever tried embroidered lace (or needle lace and related) techniques? If so, what types have you worked, or what are your favorites? If not, what entices you to try Carrickmacross lace?

For me, I’ve worked some needle lace techniques and some needle run laces on net (Reticella is my favorite), but I haven’t tried Carrickmacross lace. What entices me about it is the combination of appliqué and needle lace techniques, including needle run stitches and fillings. It just looks like fun, and it offers a huge scope for interpretation.

3. In your comment, please, pretty please with sugar on top, leave a recognizable name, either in the “name” line on the comment form or inside your comment box. If your name is Pat, for example, please specify somehow which Pat you are. You can leave a last name if you want, or you can say “Pat on the Patuxent” or “Pat in Patagonia.” It just saves confusion for me and for other readers when I announce the winner. It’s very difficult to write to someone and say, “No, I’m sorry, you are the wrong Pat”!

4. Comments must be submitted by Tuesday, April 23rd, at 5:00 am central daylight time (that’s in Kansas, USA). I’ll draw the winner and announce it that day, and the winner must then contact me with a mailing address. The give-away is open to anyone, anywhere. Needle ‘n Thread is not responsible for any import duties, delayed or lost shipping, and so forth.

That’s how it works – it’s pretty easy, so comment away!

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(432) Comments

  1. I have not tried any lace techniques before. This technique looks like fun and the results are interesting and beautiful!

  2. I have only done a bit of tatting, and that not in miniature. I am teaching myself miniature crochet so I can make scale bed linens for my Dutch Style Cabinet house. We are in a very rural community and have no access to needlework or miniature shops closer that a 3.5 hour drive. I am a bit of a perfectionist in my mini world and would love to learn this!

  3. I have never tried any needle lace work. I have a book that shows a lot of lace work and I read it and think I will, but, so far, I have never gotten started. Maybe a kit would give me incentive. Love your work and web sit.

  4. Another fabulous giveaway. Despite my Irish heritage, lace is one skill i havent tried yet. My grandmother taught me some beautiful fine cotton lace crochet, but needle lace looks like a step up from there. Thanks for drawing attention to Tanya’s great website – ive a few more of her kits on a wishlist.


  5. Whoa! Cool! Nope, never done it. Never even knew what it was until your previous post. Why am I interested? Because I’m always interested in doing things I haven’t done before. At heart, I’m a mixed media artist. New tricks always get tucked in my toolbox. Never know where they might show up next! 🙂

  6. I haven’t tried making lace yet, but I’ve been embroidering, knitting, crocheting for awhile. I’m planning to try soon so I can make my own wedding dress this year! (I stumbled onto your blog while researching embroidery as part of my wedding dress research a couple of months ago and have been following since! Thank you for such helpful and interesting writing!)

    1. Congratulations Christy! We will want to see pictures of your special wedding dress! What a lovely idea to work lace into the pattern.

  7. I would love to try this technique, I have tried bobbin lace in the past. I am lucky enough to live only 20 minutes from the RSN and have taken a few of their day classes, this one is always fully booked!

  8. Hi Mary;
    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway opportunity.

    I have been intrigued with needle lace for some time. I have tried Hedebo and I’ve also used a faggoting technique/stitch for some of my husbands frontiersmen shirts (we do reenactment). I’ve also played around a tiny bit with battenburg lace and hardanger.

    One of the reasons I’d like to learn carrickmacross lace is that I’ve always been partial to white work embroidery. My eyes are drawn to it like a magnet whenever I am reading embroidery books, articles, etc. It’s always the first chapter I turn to in a book about embroidery, etc. I love the elegance it evokes even though the materials are many times utilitarian and simple.

  9. I haven’t tried any needle lace techniques yet, but would like to incorporate something similar into monograms for bed linen.
    This kit looks like an excellent introduction to the Carrickmacross technique!
    Thanks so much for your wonderful website.

  10. I have not tried embroidered lace yet but have added it to the “to do” list. Sew many projects, sew little time.

    Thanks for a chance at your generous giveaway.

    Jacqueline in No. Ohio.

  11. Those are so beautiful and I love lace of any kind! I have made some lace before – I tried some bobbin lace one time. I got quite tangled up with that one. I’ve done some machine stitches on net (with a stabilizer underneath) that turned out nicely. But I am more drawn to hand made ‘anything’ and would love to learn this technique. The scissors are quite the bonus! I’ve also ordered from Tanja’s site before and received excellent service. Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. I’ve only tried tatting with a shuttle. This lace is so beautiful and looks like so much fun I would love to try it. Everything I have learned I’ve learned from the internet and your website as been such a great resource of information and a view into areas of needlework and embroidery I have never imagined. Thank you.

  13. I have not tried Carrickmacross Lace but would love to try it as the buttonhole stitch is my absolute favorite stitch! I love the look of lace and wished that I could crochet but I can embroider and this kit would be WONDERFUL. Thank you for offering this giveaway. It is always exciting to read your newsletter. I learn so much.

  14. I have not tried any lace techniques before, but this looks beautiful. I’m always up for a new-to-me type of needlecraft.

    Thank you for all of your educational information, Mary!

  15. The only needlelace technique I’ve tried is detached buttonhole. It was actually fun to do, but I admit to being intimidated. lol! This looks intriguing, though, and I’m willing to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Learning Carrickmacross is on my “bucket list” so having this kit will bring me nearer to having something else with a great big tick.
    ….. Catherine (from Beachmere)

  17. I have tried needle lace. I made a small butterfly. I am working my way through the various law techniques but haven’t yet tried this method. Would love to try it!

  18. I’ve never tried this type of lace. I have enjoyed Teneriffe, Hedebo, various types of cutwork and of course Hardanger even though you might not consider that lace. I always like to take advantage of learning a new technique. You never know when one will really grab hold of your creative vibes and take off. Thanks for such an interesting newsletter. Mary Lou in Louisville, KY

  19. I am a bobbin lace maker from South Africa, and has been making lace for the past 18 years, I have tried Tambour and needle lace as well as tatting before. I ideally would like to learn the fine techniques of Carrickmacross, and the fact that you can applique the finished motifs to any piece of clothing and or curtains and or work a complete bed linen set.

    Thanks to Mary’s website, I have learned so much in embroidery. Thanks for the wonderful website.


  20. Hi Marry! I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you’re highlighting this form of embroidery lace making. My grandmother came from Cyprus, Greece and learned Lafkara lace making as a child. She called it Lafkaritika, I believe. I own several pices of her work that I treasure highly. Although my grandmother tried to teach me the art, I really didn’t understand the value of learning it, until I was much older, and she was gone. I’m happy to say, however, that I have since learned the technique, although my work doesn’t begin to meet my grandmother’s unique level. I would love to try Carrickmacross, and appreciate this opportunity. Thanks!

  21. Wow! I have been too intimidated to try needle lace because it is soooo tiny! I think it is ever so lover-ly and would be wanting to try my hand at it. With a little blarney and a bit o’ Irish luck perhaps I will win.

  22. I’ve tried different things relating to lace making. I have tried to tat before, but i did it following directions from a booklet, and it wasn’t pretty. I’ve made crocheted lace, way prettier and easier to do. I’ve used my sewing machine to make sewing machine lace. That I found to be the easiest and fastest, but not so beautiful. I would love to try carrickmacross because not only does the name sound really cool, the samples that you have are beautiful. I would love to use that techique on an alb or altar linens. Gets me excited.

  23. I have only crocheted lace before. I love to try new techniques and I think kits are a good way to learn.

  24. Last summer I spent many hours repairing a huge Venetian lace table cloth. I had to do a great deal of reading in order to get the stitches correct and found myself fascinated by the entire subject of needle lace.
    A chance to learn something of Carrickmacross lace would be another great challenge.

  25. I love Tanya’s site. I haven’t ordered any of her kits yet but I have ordered other supplies. I have not tried any needlelace techniques but they are on my to do list and this kit would be a great way to start. All the circles draw my eyes and I love them.

  26. I have never tried any type of lace work before and it looks interesting. I love to try new methods and although I don’t always like the technique used, I feel I have added to my knowledge of embroidery and applique. I would love to try this.

  27. I saw your piece on this lace and seriously contemplated ordering right away. I love lace and haven’t found any really good instructions for needle laces. I can do very basic bobbin lace. I would love to win this kit because I made a promise to myself not to buy ANOTHER thing until I finish my UFO’s (truly I only have 4) but if I won it I wouldn’t be buying it! Right?
    I love your site, thank you for the high point of my day,

    Melody in Gloucester

  28. Hi Mary

    What a great give away offer. I would like to try this type of lace embroidery. Like you say, it looks like fun and I think it could be quite relaxing and rewarding. I like the delicate look about it and its beauty.

    Chris Bennett

  29. I have started to learn bobbin lace,and have done hardanger, schwalm and hedebo (which can look lacy, but I do not think of as lace), but have never done Carrickmacross lace. I have taken a class with Tanja (she is a great teacher) and have worked a couple of her wonderful kits, which have clear instructions and illustrations. Trying a new technique with one of her kits would be great!

  30. Knowing how to knit and crochet Iace I like crochet much better. What is great though is I have many examples to follow as my grandmother crocheted and was wonderful at it!
    Avis in VA

  31. I’ve tried Tenerife and princess lace, both a lot of fun, so I expect this technique will be fun also.

  32. I was amazed when your review of Carrickmacross Lace came up as the same day I received my kit from Tanja. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited about getting it started. Thanks for the tip if curved tip scissors, I hadn’t thought of them…now I just need to find them. They are in a safe place!LOL just can’t remember where!!!. As soon as I finish my present project, I will be opening this kit.

  33. I have never tried embroidery lace but definitely would like to give this a try. I love Tanja’s designs and do a lot of her needle painting that she has created. This would be a fun project.

  34. Mary, My favorite needlelace technique is Reticella too. Although I am not as good at it as people were in the past -think of the fantastic ruffs that Queen Elizabeth I wore!, I have tried it and enjoyed doing it. I like the old band samplers with sections of Reticella and other cut and pulled techniques and have reproduced a couple of them. After seeing the Royal Wedding Dress this would be a great new method to try, thanks to you and Tanja for offering the chance.

  35. Hi Mary, I have been making bobbin lace for quite awhile now, and have done a bit of needle lace, though not much. I love the combination of precision and attention to detail, yet the ample opportunity for creativity in design and use of materials that lacemaking offers. It is so interesting how embroidery techniques meld right into needle lace techniques. Cool that you are giving visibility into the world of lacemaking with your post and giveaway – thanks!

  36. Hi Mary, I have never tried to make lace, but have always wanted to learn how. I have always loved lace. I think my love for lave started with reading all those books by Jane Austin and books about the former queens of England. The beautiful clothes with lace… It makes me think of romance, and men who act “gentlemanly.” my wedding gown was an antique handmade battenburg lace gown which dates back to about 1905. I saw it hanging at an antique show. I couldn’t stop looking at it. I was not dating anyone seriously at the time. The dealer took one look at me and asked me to go into a bathroom to try on the dress. While I protested that I was not shopping for a wedding gown, I said that when I got married it would be the perfect style for me. He again asked me to try on the dress, so I did. When I came out of the bathroom people stopped and stared. The dealer said it was made for me and that I must buy this dress for when I got married. When I got married, almost 6 years later, I wore that beautiful battenburg lace gown. I will always cherish this dress. The most famous, or greatest designer could not have made a more perfect dress. I love lace, always have, always will, and someday I will learn to make lace. It is on my bucket list! Sandy

  37. One of the best email discoveries for me has been Needle ‘n Thread! I have learned so much and continue to do so!! The Carrickmacross lace is lovely and I would love to learn how to make it. This fine applique and needle lace technique is just beautiful and I’m up for the challenge. I also would be thrilled to own the scissors – such an essential part of all my work. Thank you for such a wonderful web site, Mary.

  38. I have never tried embroidered but I love to try new things and I would love to try it.

  39. Hi Mary,
    I love lace. I was thinking recently how I would love to try a
    lace technique. I was thinking of checking around to see if there
    is a class near me for bobbin lace. I have lace curtains, I crocheted
    a lace-look throw. I would love to try this new technique.
    Thanks for the give-aways and your wealth of information that you
    share. Theresa

  40. I have not tried lace techniques. I would love to try it looks really beautiful. I am trying to do Needle Tatting, just can’t quite get the hang of using a shuttle but needle is working still in the learning mode.

  41. No, i haven’t tried lace yet. It’s all so beautiful and i’m just not sure where to start so this would be a great starting point.

  42. I’m not familiar with this type of embroidery. I really love all types of both machine and hand embroidery. I feel like I’ve accomplished alot when I’ve finished a project. I am looking forward to learning this technique. Thanks for the opportunity.

  43. I have taught myself to tat, I knit and crochet. and have been working on needle lace. I love to work on small projects and combine techniques.

  44. I have not yet tried any of Tanya’s kits but they all look enticing. I love hand embroidery and have done some needlelace but the Carrickmacross sampler is a great way to try something new. Being all white, it is both beautiful and calming, a complete contrast to my life at present. The special scissors are a thoughtful addition to the kit.

  45. Yes I did needle-lace for quite a while a few years back when my eyes were sharper made lace for my home made shirts copied bobbin lace in it. I have done a bit of Carrickmacross too did a couple of Hanky corners one I gave to my mother on a home made Hanky as couldn’t find the right ones to buy for them Just did a square of white cotton for it in right size for corner. I enjoyed it I have a pair of special scissors I bought when I was doing it different to the ones on the page mine have a point on one end the other is a flat round lump that won’t go through the net so harder to make mistakes with it.

  46. I have taught myself to tat, I knit and crochet. and have been working on needle lace. I love to work on small projects and combine techniques. I am working on a few pieces of free form lace that do just that. And i love Irish lace.

  47. I have never tried needle lace techniques. Years ago my Great Grandmother taught me to tat and I’ve been fascinated by lace ever since. This kit looks like the perfect way to try my hand at a new skill.

  48. Hey Mary:

    As always, you present interesting challenges…lol. i’m not interested in any of your give aways but posting the picture of the curved scissors reminded me of my current search so I was curious to know if you have any idea where i can get some curved point scissors that have a blunt tip to them. i did find these http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/rainbow+safety+scissor.do but they’re not curved. any help you or anyone on the list can give me would be very much appreciated.

    btw i just finished stitching a project inspired by you and will hopefully have a pic in the near future to share.


  49. I’ve never tried traditional lace making, although I have crocheted doilies using no. 10 thread. I’m not sure that it counts but using those tiny crochet needles sure did feel like I was making lace:)

  50. I have’t tried Carrickmacross lace yet. I have tried Kenmare Lace and enjoyed it. I would love to try Carrickmacross Lace. I am always curious to try new techniques brought to my attention.

  51. Yes, I’ve done OYA needle lace from the Baltic area with cotton thread and for edging on bread cloths and childrens anklets. Cute. Easy.

    This does not look easy but willing to try anything once! ha

  52. I have not tried any lace techniques as of yet. I am intrigued by Carrickmacross lace for several reasons. I am of Irish descent, so am interested in all Irish laces as well as Mountmellick embroidery. A couple years ago, visited Kenmare, Ireland and the Kenmare Lace Museum and came home with a kit to make Kenmare lace, but have yet to try it. Also, intrigued by Carrickmacross due to it being used in the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. Thank you for the wonderful chance to win this fascinating kit!

  53. Itried this technique once in a pair f baby shoes. Ist a very delicate work > I also saw the wedding dress of Lady Diane and it had a detail in Carrickmacros , I stoond in front of it admiring the work. The kit would help me to undersand and practice the technique from an experienced person

  54. I am half way through working on a kit of fine white work from Tanja Berlin. I am enjoying it. Her instructions are so clear and easy to follow. I do a lot of Schwalm work, 4 years ago I spent 2 full days in Schwalm, Germany where I learned the Schwalm Embroidery technique from Frau Stuebing in a one-on-one.
    I do a lot of white work and would love to try the Carrrickmacross kit from Tanja Berlin. It looks so delicate and beautiful. Ana-Maria from Cambridge

  55. I have never tried to embroider lace although I have thought about it a lot.
    My grandmother used to do Carrickmacross as well as other laces. She told stories while doing the different steps. I am hopeful that when I do get a chance to learn the different steps she went through, the stories will come back and I can get them written down and reclaim a little history. Does anyone else know the stories for the different laces? I would love to hear them and see if they are the same.

  56. Thanks for another generous give-away!
    I haven’t tried needle lace, but I always like to try new techniques. Kits seem a great way to start as everything is there and searching for the right materials can be quite difficult.
    I love the way it was framed in the last blog. No chance for a messy back, as all is on display 🙂

  57. I Am just now doing white work and pulled work and would love thus guide to lace work too! Thanks for offering this!,

  58. The only thing that I’ve done that might be close to lace is Hardanger. It’s fascinating to take something that looks like a huge mistake (cutting the ground fabric) and making something beautiful by adding simple stitches to it. Oh, I’ve also done a bit of tatting – I should dig that out again. With Carrickmacross lace, the challenge looks to be not snipping wrong after you’ve done the stitching. This kit looks like the perfect little portable project, and I could learn a new technique without feeling I need to go buy more stuff.

  59. Hi Mary, I have not tried to make lace before,b it I have loved it all my life. I think my facsination started with reading all those books by Jane Austin as well as several books about the former queens of England. Reading about all those women who wore such beautiful clothes with lace.. Makes me think of ramance and men who are “gentlemanly.” my wedding dress was a beautiful handmade batten burg lace gown which dates back to around 1905. I happened upon it at an antique show. When I saw the dress I could not take my eyes off of it. I could not get over the workmanship involved in making it. The dealer look at me looking at the dress and asked me to try it on. I initials protested because I was not even dating at the time, but I did say that i would love a dress like that when I did get married. He encouraged me again to try it on and I did. When I came out with the dresson people stopped and stared. I bought that beautiful lace gwn and nearly 6 years later when I did marry the man of my dreams, I wore that beautiful piece of needlework. I could not have imagined wearing anything else. I love lace, always have, always will and someday I will learn to make lace. It is on my bucket list!

  60. Ohh, I would LOVE to win this. I have tried some embroidered net lace here and there,but never had the time to see it through to actually mastering the technique. I’ve always wanted to learn to make lace. My neighbour when growing up used to make bobbin lace and I was fascinated by the beauty of her pieces, and the seeming complexity of the process. However to avoid buying a whole host of new supplies for a new craft, I’ve decided to stick to trying to learn needle lace ‘one day’. Would love it if ‘one day’ became now.

    Be loved and blessed!

  61. I have’nt made lace before. But would like to try and this lace looks very beautiful. Thanks

  62. I’ve never tried this before but it looks so interesting! I’d love to give it a try. I do a little bit of crochet and have always wanted to try my hand at lace work. This looks like a nice way to start.
    Brenda, Wilmington, Ohio

  63. Mary, I have done some needle lace. Found a site on Internet and played around with the simple patterns I found there. I enjoyed needlelace and now want to try Carrickmacross. Mary, I am enjoying broadening my embroidery horizons following your blog. Thanks for all these giveaways that you do.

  64. I have not tried lace making techniques. I like the contemporary look of the Berlin kits and think they would be fun to try!

  65. I have made doilies using Russian crochet and filling the spaces with different netting stitches. It turns out to look like lace.

  66. Hi Mary, I have done a number of classes with Tanja and she is a great person and a wonderful teacher; her kits are equally great! I would love to try this technique. I have sone some needlelace on stumpwork projects, and I like it. I also love whitework and this technique seems to combine the two. I also do bobbin lace. Would love to win!!

  67. I loved working with Hardanger and Lace Net patterns. Made some beautiful pieces. Then I had kids……But I am now back at stitching and loving re-visiting techniques I knew and, most of all, learning new ones. I was actually going to try some needle tatting when I saw this. The beauty and skill blew me away! Very grateful to you for sharing this link. Best regards.

  68. I have never tried lace embroidery but crocheted lace…it looks like fun. I like the challenge of learning new things. What entices me? I have friends from Ireland who have brought some of the beautiful Carrickmacross lace back to me. It would be interesting to try. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  69. hi i am entering the giveaway. I have tried a bit of tatting and this looks like fun to try and its always good to learn new things

  70. I love lace in all forms. Give me a crochet hook or a pair of kniiting needles and I make fabric with beautiful patterns of holes. I have learned bobbin lace and needle lace is the next step. This give away makes my heart sing.

  71. I just bought an old Threds book on Needle Lace. Since it only came yseterday in the mail, I have as yet to try anything. I do tat and I want to larn Bobbon lase, But this Carrickmacross lace intrigues me. Thank you Tanja for your generosity. I will be checking out your site. Thank you Mary for the chance.

  72. I have never tried embroidered lace, but I have just put it on my list of things to try. I taught myself embroidery as a child. After a long time away from any kind of stitching, I have recently come back and am loving every minute of it. This would be a nice technique to try. Thank you for your wonderful site and for the chance to win this.

  73. I have collected the URLs of several interesting websites for needlelace, but have not tried them yet. They all look like so much fun, and the pictures of Carrickmacross lace does also. I love to learn new techniques, especially those that are such a link to the past.

  74. No, I have not tried this type of lace but I love to do hand work of various types. The only lace I have made has been with machine embroidery. I am a recent addict of your blog and everything I have seen makes me want to try this.

  75. I am definitely a beginner to any embroidered lace. I have a done a small, and I mean small, amount of needle lace on some of Jan Kertons stumpwork embroidery kits, but that is all. This kit somehow reminds me of my mothers embroidery, almost a combination of her tatting, fine crotchet doilies that she lovingly starched and pressed to preserve them and keep them beautiful. Prior to her getting sick with dementia she was a beautiful embroiderer and i have many of her creations done over the years, that she is now unable to do. lace is so old fashioned and old world, romantic and classy. I am always excited about trying something new and would love to try this new kit of Carrackmacross lace and to increase my skills.

    Kiria Brisbane QLD Australia

  76. I have not tried lace techniques. I think they are so beautiful and these are no exception. I would love to try the Carrickmacross lace technique to expand my crafting knowledge. This would be something to pass down to my grandkids so the art would not be lost.

  77. I have not tried any needle lace work before but would love to do so. It is so fine and delicate and it has been mentioned in old out of the way British stories that I love to read. Thanks again Mary, I learn so much from you.

    Shelia in Oklahoma

  78. I have tried some Romanian Point Lace (Beginner), but never the Carrickmacross Lace. I am always up to learning something new and pass on what I have learned to others. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Ronda M.S. from Cedar Rapids, IA.

  79. I have done some very basic needlelace for a stumpwork figure. So far I haven’t tried any other techniques that involve cutting or pulling out threads and then combining the remaining ones into a pattern. I would like to expand my range of techniques and this kit looks like a great way to explore a number of different patterns.

  80. Hi Mary,

    I’ve tried reticella too and like how its simple elements can create a complex whole. Carrickmacross lace looks like it has a similar property and that’s what entices me to try it.

    Thank you for hosting this give away.

  81. Tried this lace before once and enjoyed it. Would like to make more but getting supplies difficult. Tania Berlin’s work is so beautiful and I would love one of her kits. I am in the UK so buying is not easy

  82. Despite being of Irish descent there was never any type of Irish needlework in my home growing up. Now as an adult I am slowly learning about them and learning to do them. The kit would be a perfect start for me to learn Carrickmacross on my own. This summer I am taking a 2 day class to hone my skills on Irish Crochet lace.

  83. New technique,new chance to win,love your site and never get tired of learning a new needle art.Hope I see,”The winner of this drawing is Judy-in-Frenchtown,Michigan”.I have never seen this method but am ready to tackle it soon.thank you for the chance,Judy.

  84. I have not tried any lace techniques but am interested in the methods. I love that there is a resurgence of these beautiful lace making methods. Too beautiful to be lost. Thank you for the chance to give this a try.

  85. I have tried needlelace with some success but it did not become apassion. When in Irland a few year ago I did see Carrickmacross lace and I would like to try it.

  86. I LOVE this! I have never tried needlelace, but this kit looks so approachable. I most definitely want to try — it intrigues me!

  87. Hi Mary, Thank you for the giveaway, and thanks to Tanja Berlin! I’ve tried tatting and crocheted lace edgings, emphasis on ‘tried.’ Haven’t mastered either one of them! Would love the opportunity to try Carrickmacross lace!
    Carla in Nebraska

  88. Oh this would be so great. I have all the materials on hand. Having an clue what to do would be awesome.

    Therese Haas

  89. aww…sweet prize today! what teases me? lol… I have the perfect spot for a finished one that’s why…I just think these are soooo pretty! and who has enough scissors? not me! ty for a chance!

  90. I’ve never tried any type of embroidered lace before, but your reveiw of Tonja Berlin’s kit stirred my interest. I love learning new things, especially anything involving a needle! This looks fun and the results very pretty.

  91. For many years I’ve crocheted, tatted, and enjoyed counted work of all kinds. Years ago I was gifted with some very old Irish lace pieces and am interested in learning this style of needle art, as hand work is my passion.

  92. Simply beautiful and so delicate. I’ve done cutwork, this would be a challenge on net.

  93. I’ve taken classes in Princess Lace and Battenberg Lace. I’d love to try Carrickmacross!

  94. I have tried a few laces. I have made two pieces of Belgian bobbin lace. I found it a great way to escape the stresses of life.

    I took a class on Limerick lace. I really liked it, but alas it is currently an unfinished project I need to get back to.

    Battenburg lace is fun and I have several small pieces completed of that.

    I would really like to try this lace. Plus Tanja’s little scissors are really nice. I bought a pair from her for cutting gold.

  95. I have tried many different embroidery technique, but I had not tried any lace forms until this past March. A large SCA event (Society for Creative Anachronism) had a series of classes scheduled in many different areas. One was a beginning needle lace class. It was fascinating! All of that beauty out of such simple bits. The concentration to make everything uniform was well worth the result. But now I am several states away from my teacher. As a result I would love to have this kit to continue my exploration of this delightful form.

  96. I have embroidered for years and love learning new techniques. I can think of many projects to use this lace technique on.

  97. Thank you to you and Tanya Berlin for this opportunity.
    I have taken a class with Tayna and her kits are so good.
    I do not have a pair of curved scissors and although I have done some
    Tatting and needle lace I have never done the Carrickmacross (nor even
    Heard of it.) My mind goes wild with thinking of the places you could
    Use these designs and I would be very happy should I win.

  98. I have only done a little needle lace on a sweet bag. I would love to try more needle lace projects. Love Tanya Berlin’s kits, they are so easy to understand.

  99. Hi Ms. Corbet
    Hello to every embroiderer.
    Actually I didn’t try any needle lace except Crochet and tatting. My favorite is crochet wearables. I always make crochet waist coats to my grand daughter which she wears to school and her teachers and friends appreciate her dresses. I tried needle tatting and plan to make one waist coat, but I haven’t tried Carrickmacross lace. I did some filling designs on net but I never know about this technique. What makes me to know about it is the combination of appliqué and needle lace techniques, including needle run stitches and fillings. As I like to learn new things in lace making I feel this is the great opportunity.

  100. Wow. How nice of my namesake.
    I have done a couple of needlelace projects but mostly danish whitework embroidery (Hvidsøm)
    I would love to do carrickmacross before, but it looks gorgous and is something I would dearly love to try.

  101. I have done some simple needle lace including Battenburg which I really like. Most of the lace I make is bobbin lace including the lace for my sister-in-law’s wedding veil. I love how light and airy the Carrickmacross lace turns out and would love to give it a shot.

  102. I have done tatting and pearl cotton crochet lace , but never this gorgeous technique. My Greatgrandmother did beautiful “cut work” tabletcloths and this reminds me of her work. My passion of anything vintage is making me want to learn this. I would love to incorporate this technique in my vintage jewelry. Thanks for offering the give away.

  103. Ooh ooh ooh! Another skill to learn! I haven’t tried anything like this before — I guess Hardanger would be the closest. This is intriguing. (And what girl wouldn’t want another pair of good scissors?)

  104. I have never tried lace. I like the look of Carrickmacross lace — vintage yet can be used today. The textures are interesting.

  105. I taught myself to tat a number of years ago and would love to add another lace technique to my repertoire. It is so beautiful!

  106. It’s always good to try new crafts and techniques. I’ve never even considered trying lace making, but this is so cool. I love modern take on an old craft. Thanks, Mary, for the opportunity to try this one.

  107. J’ai commencé à apprendre la dentelle de Luxeuil il y a deux mois c’est une dentelle française.J’aime connaitre de nouvelles broderies,mais je ne connaissais pas du tout carrickmacross ,c’est une découverte.
    C’est trés gentil à vous et à Tanja de faire ce cadeau. Bonne chance à la gagnante.

  108. I’ve tried bobbin lace and needle lace in very limited fashion (a one-hour class). I preferred the needle lace. I think it would be great to experiment with all kinds of embroidery-related lace techniques, and the results are beautiful!

  109. To answer your question, I have not tried lace techniques, but have always wanted to! A recent visit to the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, CA has rekindled the spark, and I was so happy to have found you as well! Ages ago I tried a bit of needle tatting. Getting back to embroidery will be great travel projects to get packed in with my long term applique ones. Thank you for your wonderful tutorials and the chance to win your giveaway!

  110. I have not tried lace work yet but look and look at it and have several books on different techniques including tatting. My mother’s sister used to do lace work on people’s underclothing for work while bedridden (back in the late 20’s or early 30’s. My mother who is 94 still talks about her beautiful work. Perhaps that is why I do enjoy and love needlework. I would love to give this a try – may be the nudge I need to take it on : )

    Thank you for these give aways.

  111. Dear Mary,
    No, I have never tried hand embroidered lace techniques at all, though I have done free motion machine lace with mixed success. My late mother, who was a talented needlewoman, loved Carrickmacross lace but never taught me the techniques (I’m not sure how confident she was in my abilities). It would be a real treat to try it out with Tanya’s kit.

  112. I have never tried lace before. It looks very pretty and I would love to give it a try.

  113. I’m a quilter but all for learning something new that can be incorporated into a crazy quilt and this would be something special to add once I learn how to make them.

  114. I’ve always been intrigued by embroidered lace. I’ve never seen kits or even instruction books about it in my area and would love to give it a try. I recently joined the local embroidery guild, and it appears the group mainly does cross stitch and some freehand. I think embroidered lace would be an intriguing craft to share with the group.
    Thanks for doing these giveaways.

  115. I would love to have the scissors and kit, I want to start handwork, like this lace. I love Victorian look things and could use this knowledge forever.. betty of Powhatan, Virginia

  116. The best class I ever took was from Tanja Berlin so I know her kits are fantastic and her work really well thought out. I once took a needle lace class from Vima Michele which was also excellent. I loved it and have used some of the techniques I learned on needlepoint embellishment. I’d love to know more!

  117. I love the lace work and have always wanted to learn how to do it! This seems like my big chance!
    Thanks Mary!

  118. I have never tried this lace, but it look really interesting and beautiful. I would love the chance to try it. As I love to hand sewing and embroidery, it is always wonderful to try new techniques.

    Thank you.

  119. Good Morning Mary,
    I have just found your site and already have learned so much. I have never tried any lace-type embroidary but I have always loved Battenburg lace and the Cirrickmacross remindes me of it. I’m so interested in trying this technique and hope to try it soon, either by winning this give-away or by purchasing a kit when I can afford it. I hope you wil consider me for winning this project.
    Deonia Copeland

  120. Wow, how exciting, thank you so much for offering this give away. I am interested in learning to do this type of lacework (embroidery) for a few reasons, it is beautiful,I love learning something new,and I am of Irish decent.

  121. P.S. My daughters are irish descent and by learning this new technique, it would be something to teach them. Your website is beautiful and informative. I just love the variety of needlework you cover.

  122. Bonjour Mary, Another wonderful give-away…I must say I was intrigue with this kit and ordered it (with the scissors). The instructions are very clear and the pictures are also a big help. I have made lots of lace projects in crochet etc but never in embroidery so this is a little adventure for me. Eventhough I bought the kit I would not have any problems doing a second one…
    Thank you,
    France form Québec,Canada

  123. Have you ever tried embroidered lace (or needle lace and related) techniques? No I haven’t had the opportunity but it looks beautiful and I’d love to try.
    If so, what types have you worked, or what are your favorites? NA
    If not, what entices you to try Carrickmacross lace? I do a lot of handwork and I think the samples shown are beautiful.

    Thanks for the opportunity – take care –

  124. Carrickmacross lace is soo beautiful…and while I’ve not tried my hand at making lace, I think this would be a good one to start with. Heirloom sewing is my favorite sort to do, and this lace would also lend itself well as a place to showcase this lace for very special garments.

    I have done quite a bit of madeira applique, and since Carrickmacross utilizes applique technique at least this part will be familiar to me. Thank you Mary and Tanja for this great and fun opportunity!

  125. I would love to learn this and the sampler is so pretty. I have just done my first stumpwrok leaf and drawn thread sampler….it is scary to cut things. I may be ready for this next!

  126. This is a technique I haven’t tried but if it is something from Tanja Berlin it must be interesting! Her instructions are so good.

  127. I have just learned to make needle lace as part of an Old Hedebo Course and would love to try this exquisitely delicate work too.

  128. Tanya taught for our EGA and her classes were great. She’s a fun and a GOOD teacher. To learn Carrickmacross Lace is on my “to do” list for this year! I have been collecting books, articles, and supplies. A kit, organized with instructions written by Tanya, would be a great motivator! I have done Battenburg Lace, a bit of Romanian, and filling stitches on Hardanger, Hedebo, Cutwork, etc., but not made any actual fine lace. Will be fun to learn a new technique. Myrna in Huntsville, AL

  129. No I have never tried any lace techniques but this one looks do-able with guidance. Would love to give it a try. Via the internet I have learned to stitch beyond the cross so why not lace!

  130. Have you ever tried embroidered lace (or needle lace and related) techniques? I have made needle lace using the buttonhole stitch and I have also made lace using embroidery stitches on netting. Just made it up as I went. If so, what types have you worked, or what are your favorites?

    If not, what entices you to try Carrickmacross lace? I would love to try this technique as it employs applique as well as embroidery. right now I am in the planning stages of making a lace cloth for a table that was my grans table. This would just add to the wonderful lace cloth that it will be.

  131. I have never done any lace work, but have always wanted to. If or when I ever get married again, I think it would be neat to do my own lace-work on a dress.
    Maureen L. S.

  132. I’ve never tried this, but I’m addicted to lace! I’m a lover of embroidery and stitch on everything, so I’d like to try this more advanced technique!

  133. I have been a long time fan of Carrickmacross. Being a teacher of Princess Lace, I do a lot of work on netting. I have observed this technique and was at a seminar once where it was taught — but since I was also teaching, I couldn’t take the class!!! I have tried it on my own and from book descriptions, but KNOW I would greatly benefit from Tanya’s Kit/lesson. Her instruction books leave NOTHING unclear! It looks like a very good sampling of techniques. And THEN I could tackle the file in my desk stuffed with projects related to Carrickmacross!! Well, at least a few of them!! Fingers are crossed! Thanks Mary!

  134. Hi,
    I am fairly new to embroidery other than cross stitch. I like to learn new techniques and this looks like fun and is beautiful. This would add a pretty touch to any top or sweater.

    Jean Chamberlain

  135. I have done needle tatted lace and did a little bit with filet lace on net. Carrickmacross lace caught my fancy the second I laid eyes on it. I see a great opportunity for ecclesiastical designs for hip-to-hem lace on a priest’s alb. I once did a repair on one that had this lace or something very similar. I took pictures in hopes of someday trying it. I can’t wait to try it out and see if it will indeed work for what I hope it to.

  136. I have done tatting, crochet and knitted lace for years and love the look of lace. I have not yet done carrickmacross but I am attracted to another type of lace and would dearly like to try it. It would be a completely different for me.

  137. I’ve never done needle lace – just knitted and crocheted. I am dying to try this because I LOVE the way it looks. I can be picky about what sorts of lace I like!

  138. I once took a class on needle lace with spools but found that too difficult because the pattern was not written – sort of had to follow the curves of the pattern underneath. I first saw Carrickmacross in a book my friend brought back from a trip to Ireland and I found it so intricate though very clean looking – not fussy. Would love to try this technique.

  139. I used to love crocheting lace motifs with fine thread; I still have some that I’d like to incorporate into a crazy quilt.

    Gail Harker’s book “Fairytale Quilts and Embroidery” inspired me to try my hand at needle lace. It was just a bit of experimenting but I enjoyed it.

    I have not yet tried Carrickmacross lace but it has a gorgeous sculptural quality. Tanja’s pieces especially look so modern and Deco-ish but with a nod to tradition. The strong sculpted lines created from the couching suggest so many design possibilities……I envision hand dyeing the cords in jewel tones to provide a strong pop of unexpected contrast.

  140. I have done some Reticella, Punta in Aria, my favorites, Filet, hardanger, cut work, also a favorite, as well as a version I made up as I went along. I have a book on Carrickmacross, which I bought because I liked the lace and wanted to try it – haven’t done so yet because I have to get the supplies. Great give away and I will have to take another look at Tanja’s site for those supplies. Thanks Mary!

  141. I’ve tried a number of needle lace techniques, including Battenberg and princess lace, needlelace, and gasp – even bobbin lace and tatting. I really like working with the tape laces, The projects actually move quickly. I’ve picked up some antique kits at auctions. I’m interested in this new technique, because I love the delicate lacy look of it, like princess lace.

  142. I have never attempted any kind of needle lace embroidery but would like to learn this technique. After doing some geanology research I learned that my GG Grandfather was from Ireland. I want to learn about things that will connect me to my heritage. My youngest daughter will be getting married in a year and a half and I would love to attempt to make her a bridal veil using this technique. She also loves anything with a historical or family connection. I love your website, it is a treasure trove of helpful information.

  143. Mary,
    I look forward to your posts in my inbox! What will I learn today? OR What wonderful project are you updating us on today? I have never done any lacework, but am intrigued by this beautiful project and emboldened by the idea that I could have such expert guidance along the way! Thank you for this opportunity!
    Ruth Lutz

  144. what an interesting idea never heard of embroidery lace would love to see some finished pieces and try some pieces

  145. I made bobbin lace for a while, which, of course, does not involve cutting at all. Although, once I was trying to make a blouse with lace inserts. I was under a deadline and everything was going wrong. I kept having to rip out seams and redo things and accidentally cut my lace, one little nip. Once you cut bobbin lace, there is nothing to be done with it. I gave up. But this is quite lovely and I’d like to give it a whirl. (Calmly, patiently, no movies, no deadlines.)

  146. I have tried needlelace techniques, generally the traditional needlelace without tapes except those formed by the lace brides. I love the lace techniques and want to learn more of them as I usually mix them with other surface embroidery techniques. I would love to learn this technique as it has needlelace and applique and I don’t know much about applique. I also want to learn how to work with the layered fabrics.

    Anastasia McP – Wilds of Rural Utah

  147. I’ve tried a bit of Needlelace and lately have been checking out some antique books on embroidery techniques and old lace techniques. There are so many wonderful old techniques that could be revived. Tanja does a great job and I’m always checking to see what new projects she is doing.

  148. I love any white work. I have tried some basic needle lace but was not happy with the results. My Irish heritage calls when I see Carrickmacross. I would love the kit to give it another try. My grandmother made exquisite items – maybe I can too.

  149. I have never tried any lace techniques, but I love Hardanger and needle weaving so this looks like it would be fun to learn. What entices me is the applique – I can see many different uses for the lace to be appliqued to other items.

  150. Oh, I so love handwork and it is so very nice to find someone who is a kindred spirit! My favorite thus far is hardanger. This technique looks like it could be a fun new challenge. Thank you so much for sharing!

  151. For me, one of the attractions is the history. I found out about Carrickmacross shortly after I discovered MountMellick embroidery. I haven’t tried either yet, I’m still practicing thread painting. Having Irish ancestors is another reason I want to learn. Finally, just to learn it so that the art doesn’t disappear. Learning things and passing them on is important to me. Thanks for the opportunity. And thank you for your website. I practice my stitches along with your videos and enjoy it very much. Thanks,Connie

  152. I have not tried any lace techniques before but am very interested in learning Carrickmacross lace

  153. Hi Mary. I’ve not yet tried any of the embroidered lace styles but I have knit and crocheted lace. I’d like to try this for two reasons. One is because I’ll try many things once because I like learning and two is because you’re giving it away.

  154. What a lovely effect – this is my year for cutting fabric – I have moved from drawn thread techniques to Hardanger and am planning to try cut work next, but looking at this lovely Irish technique, I could be persuaded away from Sandinavia to the Emerald Isle for inspiration.

  155. I have done some needlelace when studying historical embroidery. I have tried Romanian point lace. And I have made some free motion machine lace.
    I like to try historical techniques and would like to try the CarricKmacross lace medallions.

  156. Hi Mary. I needle tat making lace, and I’ve done some lace knitting, and I would love to learn Carrickmacross lace. I want to learn all the different methods to create needle lace. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  157. I have never tried lace. This looks oh-so-interesting! I love hardanger, and am quite
    obsessive about my cross stitch. I’m a retired
    special ed teacher who learned years ago to let
    my problems go by concentrating on cross stitch.
    Now my whole house is covered. I’m considering
    mounting on the ceiling next!
    I’d like to try this new technique.

  158. Hi Mary,
    Ooh … this technique just looks fascinating. I am really into white needlework, but so far have only experimented with pulled thread, drawn thread and a little hardanger which I think is not quite the same as needlelace. Anything ‘white’ always catches my eye: I’m quite drawn to Ruskin Lace which I believe is a derivative of reticella. Lefkara lace is another in the same technique family and that is also on my ‘to try’ wishlist. Like you, I find the mixture of applique and needlelace techniqes rather intriguing. So … I think I will have to add Carrickmacross to my list! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway. Have a nice day. 🙂

  159. I’ve only been embroidering again for six months, after several years of searching for ‘my craft’. I’m loving it but always looking for new skills & techniques. I have never tried lace making as it seemed so delicate and intimidating. This technique actually looks like something I might be able to do and would love to win a kit and give it a try.

  160. Wow what a superb opportunity to try lacework. No I haven’t gotten around to lace making but have been thinking of having a go on the embroidery machine and can think of plenty of applications along the line of heirloom inserts and trim. Really liking the delicate compliment of lace in linen garments and lingerie bags that I’d fancy making. Thank-you so much.

  161. I have never tried embroidered lace before, but looking at Tanja’s website and your earlier blog post I definitely want to give it a try. 🙂

  162. I have not tried this lace technique, but my Italian Aunts in Torino, Italy are very talented lace, crochet, knitting, embroidery and clothing designers. I also love all of these arts and wish to learn them and share them with my Aunts and niece this summer. This technique looks just lovely. I am not in a situation to afford to buy these things at the moment, therefore, winning this kit and learning this technique would be such a wonderful surprise at this moment, in particular. Also, I would like to make a lovely gift to the mother of my deceased boyfriend. I have been trying to teach myself through your wonderful website. I will look forward to the possible prospect of learning this new lace technique and investigating the website and book you refer to in your article. Thank you for this information and for this opportunity to win a kit!!!

  163. I recently took a class in Romanian point lace and enjoyed it. I have done a little needle lace as art of surface stitching but not anything like this lovely Carrickmacross lace! It’s funny – I just realized that a form of needle lace was one of the first embroidery stitches I learnt! My first embroidered piece was a seascape in surface embroidery when I was 12 and the teacher taught me needlelace a a way to attach some found items to it. I used the needlelace to make net over one stone and to make a three- dimensional cave over an area of French knots! I’d love to try this kit.

  164. I have tried reticella, Romanian point lace and tatting. Like all 3 but RPL is my favorite. Would love to try Carrickmacross because the end result looked so pretty in the frame. Plus I love to do appliqué.

  165. I have never tried any needlelace the only type of lace Ihave ever done is tatting and that had been a very long time ago. I love the look for this technique and would love to try it. Thank you for the give away.

  166. This lace is fascinating to look at and will be a challenge to accomplish, but I can’t wait to get started. I am blessed to have lace passed down through generations of family and look forward to adding my own contributions.

  167. I have always been fascinated by lace. Just recently started knitting lace but the beauty of needle lace compelling. My Grandmother made lace in Europe at the turn of the last century and I have always wanted to follow in her footsteps but was intimidated. I am now ready to take it on. Thank you for the opportunity to win a try and thank you for your wonderful site. Love, love love it.

    Geri G

  168. Aloha Mary,
    I have done needlelace flowers, as in stumpwork, and tried Reticella. The net laces I have always admired due to the delicate look of them. Minimum supplies yet beautiful results. Endless design possibilities. Would love to win this one.
    Jacquelin Ihsan

  169. I have never done any needle lacing but am totally intrigued with any kind of stitching methods from Ireland. My maiden name is Bailey & I am told that I am Irish to the bone. I can atest to Tanya Berlin’s work. I did the Blackwork lovebirds of hers. I admit it felt a bit overwhelming at first glance, however, her instructions are so detailed & complete that narry a question arose that she didn’t address in her very clear pictured instructions. I send many stitching friends in EGA to her site. Good luck to us all on this one.
    Thx Mary, Missy (Bailey) Palmer in Fruita, Colorado.

  170. Hello Mary,
    I’m so happy that you are having this kit give-away! I’m not sure if my prior comment posted. I have never tried this technique before but would really love the opportunity. My aunts and uncles are very talented in designing clothing and textiles, I have had such a strong desire to learn as much as possible. After viewing your website I feel that teaching yourself hand-embroidery is something that can be accomplished. Thank you for that!! I have been looking for ways I can create a special gift to the family of a deceased loved one and would just love to give these lovely items to them as a heartfelt gift from me. Thank you for providing the information about the website, the kits and the opportunity to win such a wonderful kit!!
    Best regards,

  171. I love your give-aways and am inspired by your daily messages. So glad I stumbled on your site. I have done some hardinger and other pulled work, as well as some weaving. I also spent the past 6 months learning the basics of shuttle tatting.

    Years ago I realized that I was terrified of hand applique. I set a goal to ‘conquer’ my fear and opened a whole new world. Now much of my quilting is hand applique, needle turned, back basted, etc. When I saw your review earlier this week this intriqued me as a way of combining my lifetime love of needlework and applique. My soul finds peace when my hands trace the work my grandmothers did.

    Thanks for this community,

  172. I haven’t ever tried needle lace, but lately I’ve become obsessed with lace, and have been trying to teach myself to tatt (it has…not been going well). I can already embroider, so needle lace would probably be a *much* easier starting point! (and OH how I want to try making that cute crescent moon looking piece in the above picture, second from the bottom right corner!)

  173. I have never tried embroidered lace. As a little girl I used to watch a neighbor of my grandmother’s make bobbin lace and it fascinated me. I tat and crochet lace doilies. Anything I can create with my hands gets into my blood. The Carrickmacross Lace is so dainty and beautiful. I would love to learn it.
    Your work is beautiful and such an inspiration. Thank you for the time you take to share with all of us. Peggy from Portsmouth

  174. Never even heard of this lace technique. Dying to Try it. Done needle lace and tatting but this is exciting

  175. I have enjoyed Casalguidi embroidery and this has led to an interest in other Italian embroidery techniques, particularly the needlelace methods. I know this isn’t Italian but it sounds like a very good way to learn needlelace, I’d love to have a go.

  176. I have not tried needle lace techniques. Why would I like to try it? — I’ve been wanting to try some needle lace techniques and this would give me the kick in the pants I need. I would like to make something for my sister who was married in Ireland.

  177. I have not tried a needle lace technique, but like things with an open look. The closest I’ve tried is hardanger and pulled thread. I have some books on other types of needle lace, but haven’t tried them yet. This Carrickmacross lace looks interesting and I very much like the different opacities and textures of the net with the organdie working together.

  178. This looks like such an interesting technique. I have tried needlelace and tatted lace and this looks like a lovely next step in my quest to learn lots of new skills. If I won then I could justify extending my skills without having to spend any more money – at least for a while 🙂

  179. Hi- Although I have worked many different types of needlework, I have only tried some very basic needlelace with very poor direcrtions! I would love to try this technique.

  180. I’ve dabbled in needlelace. A friend tried to teach me Armenian lace. I managed to complete the project, but haven’t tried another since. Carrickmacross lace looks almost doable for me. I would love to try it.

  181. Oh Excitement! White work! I have not done any needle lace to speak of. I do bobbin lace, knit lace, crochet lace, tatting, etc. so the addition of Carrickmacross Lace will be just delightful. As I have written before the whitework I have that my Grandmother did are some of my favorite pieces.

    Thank You, Mary, for the opportunity. Such Fun!

  182. I have done drawn thread and other cut work, specifically hardanger. I am always looking for new embroidery techniques to challenge myself – to get to the next level.

  183. Hi Mary, I’ve always wanted to try this needle lace technique. It reminds me somewhat of an advanced . Not one of my fellow stitches know about Carrickmacross. I’ve done a bit of needle lace in stumpwork and I tat (if that’s considered lace), and have tried bobbin lace but have always wanted to try this. It has a number of interesting looks that I’d love to accomplish. With this kit and scissors (you know I love scissors), I think I’d be soooo happy doing something I’ve always wanted to do!! Thanks, Mary, for always keeping us inspired to go beyond our comfort zone!

  184. Never had tried lace embroidery before. But love the Carrickmacross Lace – it looks so fresh and modern!

  185. I have not tried thisembroidey lace, but it sounds like fun.I love trying new things in needlework.I am planning to try tatting soon. Please enter me in your giveaway

  186. Hi Mary-
    I’m just starting to “get into” needlelaces and have been learning the various knots for all kinds of needlelace.
    Carrickmacross lace is on my list of techniques to learn because it’s lovely and can be done using a needle! It’s next on my list, so it was neat to see your latest articles on it.

    thanks! Cindy

  187. I haven’t tried any lace making technique yet. What is fun is right before you blogged about Carrickmacross lace, my mom mentioned learning how to make lace on netting in school. Sometime I wish this was taught when I went to school, but I was in a whole different country.
    It is amazing to see and hopefully learn to do these different fiber arts.

  188. Would love to learn this technique. I have been looking for a kit for a few years now ever since I got the idea in my head that I would like to do a veil for a daughters wedding. love the idea of a mix of filling stitches and applique. I fumbled around with a piece of netting trying to teach myself form an Erica Wilson book,it didn’t turn out so well. One of those cases where I need a lot more instruction.

  189. I’ve never tried to make lace. I have some patterns for cut-away embroidery that looks lace-like,and I would love to try Battenburg lace, but have never got up the bravado to try either. I do enjoy Hardanger, which can resemble lace depending on the pattern.

  190. I have not tried needle lace before. I’d like to try Carrickmacross lace because I love applique and needlework. It’d be a great technique to add to my skills that joins the two. Thanks for a chance to win a kit and those scissors. Kits are such great ways to learn a new thing.

    Thanks Mary!

  191. I have tried embroidery on netting and the other counted techniques that result in a lace-effect. Carrickmacross is on my list to learn (along with just about everything else I haven’t tried with a needle yet!) Thanks for all the give-aways!

  192. I’ve tried drawn thread work (using your tuition on the subject) and need more practice on that, most definitely, and I’m being tempted by Roumanian Point lace pins on Pinterest, as it’s very like reticella, which I’ve also done. I know it’s not exacrly like lace, but I’ve also made some Richelieu items, plus some Hardanger, which can look very lacy. I’m drawn by the Carrickmacross lace, as it looks so beautiful, and I live in Ireland, so feel that I must give it a try at least!

  193. I forgot to say which is my favourite type of embroidered lace technique – so far, I love the reticella lace.

  194. I have tried regular needlelace, and am not very good at it yet. The Carrickmacross looks intriguing, and I want to try yet another type of lace work. I am in love with lace!!!!!

  195. Hello,
    I am not very experienced but I did follow a course on needle lace where I learned basic stitches in a 2 years course (1/month lesson of 3 hours in the Lace school in Brugge in Belgium where I am living). I also know basics of Reticello.
    This I learned by myself from a book called Gli Antichi Il Reticello and that I bought in Paris at L’aiguille en fete. I however never embroidered on Lace. I love learning new embroidery techniques.

  196. Hi Mary–thanks for another great giveaway!

    I love doing needlelace. Reticella and Teneriffe are my favorites. I’ve never tried Carrickmacross, but it looks like it would be interesting. I didn’t know Tanja caries these kits. If I don’t win, I might just go buy one.

    Carol S.

  197. I have never tried any lace embroidery but would love to try it and share with my EGA group as we are always looking for new, different, and fun techniques to try. I don’t know of anyone in our area to teach us so this would be a real gold mine for me!

  198. I love anything made of lace & love to crochet with fine thread. I taught myself how to do Hardanger embroider & love the variety of stitches patterns. I’d like to learn a new type of lacemaking, but cannot find any classes in my area so the kit would be a welcomed challenge. Also, I’d line to try a type that is finer. Needleturn appliques has always been a favorite along with so may other things. I could go on and on…

  199. I am new to needle work, or that is to say new to doing needle work as an adult. I have absolutely fallen in love with hand embroidery. I can not put it down, or resist the excitement of learning a new stitch, technique, or a new way to use them.

  200. Hi Mary,

    The only lace I’ve done is Broomstick Lace with a large, very large knitting tool. It is quite pretty. I was able to make a Baptism Dress with it. It works up quite fast.

    Never have I heard of Carrickmacross before your post. Isn’t it so pretty? Circles appeal to me after doing a lot of angles in quilting. Plus, it is different.

    It is good to have the right tools for the right project so this is a nice giveaway.


    Lorraine Connelly who is continuing work on “Finnigan” and he is a cutie.

  201. I have not tried any lace techniques but have always enjoyed looking at the pictures. I like the circles in the Carrickmacross lace and especially how they look like they are floating in the frame she has them in. Definitely interested in giving it a try. Thanks for the give-away Mary.

  202. I have tried needle lace and make bobbin lace regularly and really enjoy them. This looks really interesting and I would love to have a go

  203. I love lace. It’s just so beautiful. I’ve tried tatting … tried and tried and tried. I think I need someone to *show* me how to tat, instead of trying to do it from directions. I would like to try this Carrickmacross type of lace technique. It looks like it might be a bit easier than tatting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  204. I have tried my hand at several types of lace making techniques – Romaniam Point, Reticella, Buttonhole Needlelace,Bobbin lace,tatting, Battenburg, and others. I also enjoy hemstitching, Hardanger, hedebo, and various forms of pulled threadworkthatresemblelace making for the ‘poor man’. I would love to try my hand at this technique and appreciate the oportunity to win the book and scissors.

  205. I have never done this kind of needlework. My grandmother did and I have always enjoyed the few pieces that I have. So I have been curios to learn how to do this. Even if I do not win I think I will try to find one of the kits and learn how to do this.

  206. I have tried English needle lace and I am interested in trying Irish Carrickmacross because it looks so gorgeous. And considering my Irish ancestry, thought I should deffinitely give it a try.

  207. Hi

    I love needlelace. Carrickmacross is beautiful and, of course, was used on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. All lace and embroidery techniques need to be cherished and taught as widely as possible so that they can be enjoyed by many people and allowed to grow and this is such a great opportunity to learn a new technique.

    Love the website!

  208. I have never done any type of lace making. I have used lace to make snowflake ornaments and for rim on projects. I am always up for learning a new skill and improving upon my embroidery and sewing techniques. thank you for the chance to win this nice giveaway. ~Gin~

  209. I would LOVE to learn to make lace and this is technique just beautiful! My bedroom is in the basement and I would enjoy making the sampler and framing in between glass and hanging it in the window to cheer up the space. Hope I win!!!—-Linda Frasier in Castle Rock, CO

  210. I’m intrigued by Carickmacross because of its Irish/Italian background. Also there’s a certain beauty in the appliqué /lace contrast.

    Thanks Mary and Tanja!

  211. As much needlework as I’ve done over the decades, I’ve done very little lace. I’ve done a bit of tatting and a friend and I were lucky enough to take a Carrickmacross lace day class with the Royal School of Needlework in Glasgow, Scotland last year. I enjoyed it very much and appreciate the opportunity to try it again. And one can never have too many pairs of scissors — especially when new varieties are being offered.


    Pat Weed

  212. I’ve never tried embroidered lace before. My grandma taught me to tat, and I’ve fiddled around a bit with bobbin lace, but I haven’t been able to find a bobbin lace teacher in my town. Now that I’ve been hand embroidering for several years, it seems like trying Carrickmacross lace is a natural step to take!

  213. I have not tried any type of lace technique – yet! I love the beautiful, airy look of these and as a salute to my Irish heritage I’d love to complete them and display them in my home.

  214. I would love to win this kit and scissors – I have made a wee bit of bobbin lace, have crocheted since I was a child, and have dabbled in needle lace.
    I love the delicacy of bobbin lace, and this is so pretty and delicate I would love to have the opportunity to try it.
    Thank you for this generous offer.

  215. I am intrigued by this kind of lacemaking. I’ve always been interested in lacemaking, and this looks like something I can do. I have had so much trouble with knitted lace, just had to take a piece back 10 rows to my stop line (glad I learned to put in those stop lines). I haven’t had much luck with tatting. It took me four lessons, years apart, to learn how, and I can forget in just a few days.

  216. Hi,
    I am learning how to work on Carrickmacross Lace. I learn about two years ago & still learning but not as good! I use needles & Tambour. When I work on it, I make a few mistakes & had to do it again & again. I like to follow Tanja’s way & keep Carrickmacross lace alive. I am very very interesting to get the Learn Carrickmacross Lace –Sampler Kit, if I didn’t win I will buy it for sure. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Good Luck to you all & me too 😀
    Erdna Pummell.

  217. I rely on hunting down vintage lace pieces – hmmmmmmm do I have the patience to accept the challenge of Carrickmacross? Thanks for the information as always very helpful

  218. When I was 12 some f^&*y years ago, my home economics teacher taught us how to do lace work I was hooked and everyone that year received ‘lace’ somethings even my dad, lol. Then life got busy and I let it lapse, I would love to regain not only the knowledge but also the thrill of this craft again. This kit is on my wish list that I leave lying around for everyone to see and maybe sew a hint or three lol.

  219. Oh my gosh, I would love to win this!!! I have taught myself bobbin lace and I just feel a “zen” type feeling as my hands move; almost instinctual! I have never tried embroidered laces (although I have drooled over them), I guess mainly because there aren’t enough hours in the day! But looking at this beautiful kit, I think I might need to delve into this realm of embroidery too!!

  220. I have tried several needle laces, just have’t attempted Carrickmacross lace. I do a lot of white work and this really fits with what I enjoy. Thanks for the chance!

  221. Thank you Mary & Tanja–what a lovely giveaway! The motifs featuring the daisies & thorns are intriguing. I’ve tried lots of kinds of lace including Carrickmacross, although my current lace projects are Honiton & Milanese. Another type of lace that uses a cotton tulle foundation is called Liers/Lier Lace & is made with a Luneville hook–no needle. So many techniques, so little time!

  222. Hi Mary, I’m trying to get my fingers around Hardanger, but haven’t gotten to lace yet. I still consider my learner licence valid & active 😀

    That said, the textures and intricacies of lace are very intriguing, and I’d love to try it some time!

    Thank you for your hard work!

  223. I have not really tried any needle lace unless you count tatting with a needle. I watched some videos and got a book and learned to do it. I am not so good at it but I do enjoy it. I haven’t read much about Carrickmacross, but I am always, always up for something new since my time is free here in Singapore. Well, a storm is brewing outside which means my internet may cut out so I am winding it up! Thank you for the opportunity!


  224. I’ve never tried any kind of needle lace, but after learning to do a decent bullion knot, I’ve thought I’d like to try. The only thing holding me back is the fact that I’m doing so many other things—do I really need another craft to devote myself to? (Probably)

  225. Hi Mary,
    I have never tried needlelace of any sort. I love any embroidery and would love to try this one. Thank you Mary.

  226. I love lace: I can do bobbin lace, hardanger, cut embroidery and during a holiday in OZ my friend taught me a little carrickmacross lace, I can a little tatting lace. thank you for this great chance. hugs Alessandra from Italy

  227. Hi Mary, I have tried most needlwork techniques…even Tanya’s beautiful thread painting. What a new challenge it would be to accomplish Carrickmacross Lace. I do hope I get this opportunity.

  228. I have tried most needlework techniques, including Tanya’s thread painting. How exciting it would be to be to master Carrickmacross Lace. I do hope I am given that opportunity.

  229. Years ago I took a day class on Carrickmacross lacemaking. Carrickmacross is so delicate and beautiful. I would love this kit as a refresher. Thanks for making it available as a give-away.

  230. What the perfect giveaway prize! I belong to an Embroiderers & Lacemakers Guild where I do embroidery and bobbin lace, but have wanted to try Carrickmacross for sometime. It is difficult for us to get supplies here so the started kit would be perfect!

  231. I first learned bobbin lacemaking 20 years ago but I only got round to trying needlelace last year. The class I did was a sample of 3 stitches, forming 3 sides of a cube. I found it tricky to get the spacing of the buttonhole stitches right. I’m attracted to lace however it’s made and I also love embroidery. Carrickmacross is definitely on my to-do list.

  232. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. My work with lace is quite limited, but I have tried to create some hairpin lace and took a tatting class last spring. I gave up the shuttle and finally discovered needletatting which I managed to create a book mark. I have also done a limited ammount of Hardanger, but I love doing applique work and cut work, so putting this together to create the Carrickmacross would be really great fun. I am already thinking of reverse cutwork to add the netting into some very interesting linens or eve to embellish quilt blocks.

  233. Carrickcross lace appeals to me for the same reasons it appeals to you. I am addicted to both embroidery and appliqué. I’m currently appliquéing a Baltimore Album quilt and working on 3 stitching projects. Also, in 2010 I was in Irelad and saw this type of lace. I loved it but didn’t know how to create it. This kit would be perfect. Thanks for the opportunity

  234. I have very little experience with lace. I have done a little bit of Hardanger that can look like lace and done a tiny bit of tatting. I have also found some handmade Amish knitted lace which is amazingly dainty. I would like to try this Carrickmacross because I enjoy creating cutwork and applique and reverse applique work as I create quilt blocks. This would allow me to enhance that work and put some polish on my basic skills without turning to my machine.

  235. I am a bobbin lacemaker and have tried Carrickmacross once at a workday. I love how it is so “transportable” and much easier to travel with than a lace pillow. I am keen to extend my limited skills and knowledge around this Irish needle lace technique.

  236. I have tried reticella and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Recently I was lucky to see a piece of Tanya’s Carrickmacross Lace in person. It was truly beautiful and its delicacy put my poor reticella efforts to shame! I am always looking for ways to challenge by needle skills and this looks like a perfect test.

  237. The closest thing I have come to making any form of lace is the decorative edging on the Nesting Place needle case from NnT. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to do Carickmacross lace after seeing the beautiful results on the Duchesses wedding gown?

    Wendi Girard

  238. Thank you so much for offering us this give-away. I’ve not ever tried Carrickmacross Lace, BUT since it comes in a kit,I feel like I could handle it. AND, when I finish it, I’ll send you a pic. Have a wonderful day.

  239. Hi Marymentor,
    Oh I do hope I can win this one. I ventured into making pillowcases as gifts, w/lace embellishment by cutting the Batten-burg lace from an old table runner. I could not bear to throw it away. It was so gorgeous. I know my endeavor had lots of mistakes (first try at this) and I’d so much like to learn more about the Carrickmacross lace. Thanks so much again, for all your guidance. I truly do love your website. You are my “go-to-guru”. <3 Judy in Pittsburgh

  240. I haven’t tried carrickmacross or any other lace making. I just picked embroidery back up from a 15 year lapse (had babies)! I would like to experiment with it to use for making reusable options for transparent plastic bags & containers.

  241. I’ve tried lots of different lace techniques. As a kid I learnt how to make bobbin lace, but I’m really fascinated by the freestanding needle laces, like Reticella and Venetian raised lace.

    I’m interested in trying out Carrickmacross lace because it is a nice intermediate technique between embroidered and freestanding laces.

  242. Hi Mary,
    I’ve never tried any lacing before but would love to give this a go, they look so pretty and delicate. Would make a great gift for my mum once complete. She made me such a pretty hardanger doily be nice to return the favour with something a little different from the usual embroidery.

  243. I have started a Carrickmacross lace piece, and would love to do more. This is the only needle lace I have tried, so far, but I’m learning bobbin lace, and I have done lots of thread crochet. I may even try Point d’Alencon one day! Thank you for sharing your love of hand work.

  244. I would LOVE to win this! I’ve just purchased Lizzy Lansberry’s RSN book on whitework, have travelled all round NSW and Sydney to needlework shops sourcing different weights of white coton a broder, have linen to go, but need some courage to start. The Tanya Berlin kit is beautiful and the instructions would give me a boost.
    I’ve tried needlelace before in little bits of stumpwork, but not on net. The textures of whitework are fascinating.

  245. I have admired this form of lacework since I viewed it on Tanya’s website as it appears, and I am sure it is very fine and delicate work. I have done bobbin lace in the past and thoroughly enjoyed that and would be very interested in trying another lace technique. Thank you

  246. Hi Mary, I have been admiring this form of lace since venturing onto Tanya’s website. It is the delicate, fine, detailed work of this form of lace that intrigues me. I have done bobbin lace in the past and would very much like the opportunity to do another form of lacework. Thank you

  247. Hello Mary, it’s been one of my goals for a while to learn the different forms of needlelace. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, one of these kits would be the ideal way to start. Kind Regards Mandy Currie (mandycurrie@googlemail.com)

  248. Hi Mary!
    I started embroidery 8 months ago, and now I feel pretty confident! I was wondering what I could tackle on when I found your post. The kit is a perfect project I could leran a lot from (Since I never tried needle lacing!)and my forst step to learning more and new embroidery!
    Sky from CA

  249. Hi Mary!
    I started embroidery 8 months ago, and now I feel pretty confident! I was wondering what I could tackle on when I found your post. The kit is a perfect project I could leran a lot from (Since I never tried needle lacing!)and my forst step to learning more and new embroidery!
    Sky from

  250. I’ve never tried any type of lace making. I’m just getting back into embroidery, wanting to learn how to do it right. This type of needle work is SO beautiful and I’d love to learn it.

  251. I am excited you are offering the Carrickmacross kit. Simply put, I love lace! I became interested in Carrickmacross lace after the Royal wedding. I have managed to buy 2 books on it, but haven’t had a chance to try it. There is a website from Ireland demonstrating how to make it and it shows other examples of the lace which are absolutely lovely. I hope I’m the lucky winner.

  252. I’ve tried a few needlelace techniques but so far Carrickmacross hasn’t been one of them. I’m a fan of ALL whitework and this has been on my ‘to do’ list forever – hopefully, its time has come at last!

  253. I have not tried embroidered lace yet. It looks intriquing. I am always trying something new, just haven’t got to the lace bit yet.

  254. I just tried to send a comment and it stated fatal error, so I am trying again. I am excited that you are offering the Carrickmacross sampler. Simply put, I love lace! I became interested in Carrickmacross lace after the Royal wedding. I have since bought 2 books on the lace, but haven’t started a project, so this sampler would be perfect. There is a website from Ireland that shows making the lace as well as Carrickmacross items on display. The lace is so lovely. I am hoping I will be lucky enough to win the sampler.

    Thank you

  255. I have tried working some needle lace, but only a few little samples. I love the idea of handmade lace and would really like to try the Carrickmacross. What intrigues me? I like to learn all types of needlework, and this is the first time that I have seen instructions for this type of lace.

    Heather B, Ontario, Canada

  256. I have done some filling stitches in embroidery, but would love to try something new. I like to do hardanger and have experimented with weaving and filling stitches in the center of the designs. I love to try new things and would enjoy this technique.

  257. Hello. I would love to try this style of lace. Actually I’ve never done any kind of lace embroidery before. AND if the directions are as good as you say…this would be a welcome beautiful challenge. It’s fun to try new things.

  258. I’ve tried a few needlelace techniques but so far not Carrickmacross (isn’t it a wonderful name?). Would love to give it a go and this sampler looks like an ideal way to start – not TOO daunting!

  259. Hello,

    I’ve never tried any lace techiques before, but those round lace samples look so fun, I would like to give it a go.


    Rachel L

  260. I was in Ireland last year and went to the Carrickmacross museum. It’s a cute little place in a quaint town. They were selling kits to make a piece of lace so I bought one. Alas, they have instructions included but then, I really need INSTRUCTIONS! So, this kit would be perfect for me to finsh the piece I’ve already started (if it’s not ruined beyond repair) and learn more about it. I loved all of the pieces in the museum and would like to be able to make my own.

  261. I am always up to the challenge of learning something new, which is one of the reasons I enjoy doing specialty stitches. I have to admit that I learn better when being shown and doing than reading directions and having to decifer those directions before I can actually do something with them! I have not ventured very far into the lace making aspect of needlework with the exception of a tatting class that I took many years ago. I’d love to add carrickmacross lace to my knowledge base.

  262. I would love to try I love battenburg lace

    One time at a fiber show I saw a tatting demonstration and was amazed by the work and bobbins it took to make a little lace.

  263. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve done a lot of tatting before though that’s technically not a type of needle lace I guess. I’ve also done a very small amount of armenian needle lace which I’d love to do more of!

  264. I have never tried any type of embroidered lace. I do love the soft look of it and think it would be a lovely addition to projects. KatieQ NY

  265. I’ve tried lots of stitchery, tatting, bobbin lace, but never the C. lace! It’s gorgeous from the photos you shared, and I’d love to try it!

  266. I’ve never tried lace making, Mary. A few years ago, I visited the island of Burano, off of Venice, Italy and saw a very old woman making bobbin lace on a pillow in her lap. It was the first time I’d actually seen someone handcraft lace. I could have stood there for hours. I read up on it when I returned home and learned that the patterns are passed down through generations. I’d like to give lace stitching a try!

  267. I love needle lace and have only done it in small portions in Elizabethan embroidery and Stumpwork. I loved Tanja Berlins sampler when I saw it in her newsletter and hope to meet her when I go to Koala Conventions later this year. I hope she offers this project for future conventions as I would love to do it and extend my experiences in this area.I particularly like the double sided framing she has used.

  268. Hi Mary!
    I started embroidery 10 months ago, and now I feel pretty confident! I was wondering what I could tackle on when I found your post. The kit is a perfect project I could leran a lot from (Since I never tried needle lacing!)and my forst step to learning more and new embroidery!
    Sky from CA

  269. I have taken a class with Diane Clements on reticello and I think I need more practice, practice, practice. Even tension is essential for a pretty result. The fact that Carrickmacross lace uses a ground makes me hopeful that success might be within my grasp.
    I have also taken a class from Tanja and she is a great teacher. Thanks to both of you for this fine giveaway.

  270. I’ve tried many different types of needlework, but never lace. This looks very interesting and fun! Thanks.

  271. I have never tried making lace. This looks absolutely like it would make beautiful additions to any artwork I might want to add “imaginative” flowers or fairy wings, etc. This would seem to work very well for something like that. I would love to learn how to do it.

  272. Would love to win this esp. when Tanja has figured things out. Have worked a few other needlelace types – esp. reticello is fun!

  273. I’m so excited to have this chance to possibly learn how to do a form of lace, something I’ve never tried. And, I’ve never heard of Carrickmacross Lace. I’m sure my fellow stitchers would be thrilled to see a new technique. What a wonderful opportunity, thanks.

  274. Love your daily emails! You make me aware of so many opportunities out there to further my embroidery skills. This lace is so beautiful, and I’m eager to give it a try.

  275. I have done a tiny bit of needlelace – so tiny it doesn’t really count! I just love the delicacy, lightness, airiness of Tanja’s Carrickmacross lace. It would be intriguing to learn it.

  276. This looks very interesting. I am looking for a project that our EGA group could offer to our JASNA 7th annual Festival here in July 2014 here in Louisville.
    They already have a project for this year. In the past we have taught ribbon embroidery on a pincushion and the making of a reticule.

  277. Well, I know I’ve never done Carrickmacross lace, but it’s possible that I’ve done embroidery that included embroidered lace. I really don’t remember! I have done knitted, crocheted and tatted lace and appliqued them to other things. That beautiful sampler certainly is enticing! Would be a great start. Thanks, Mary and Tanja!

  278. I love the websites you mention, I have found some fabulous sites based on your recomendations. I have done applique but not this type of lace, would love to try it at some point.

  279. Homemade lace for my crazy quilting would be wonderful. I have tried bobbin lace and am intrigued with this technique. Thank you for introducing this to us.

  280. I have been doing some basic embroidery for a little over a year but not anything like this. What I would like about it is learning how to do it. I always enjoy learning new crafts and I am always open to new stuff. This looks like a lot of fun.

    Kathy Carter

  281. I have not done any needle lace before. I have done needle and shuttle tatting, but usually do Hardanger and counted canvas work. I visited Carrickmacross last year and we visited the lace museum and observed the ladies actually making the lace. It was fascinating and beautiful. I would love to try it. Learning the proper way to do the applique, and then those lovely filling stitches would be wonderful. And those lovely scissors would be great. Thanks for spreading the word. This art needs to be mastered by more of us.

  282. I have not tried needle lace before. I have done needle and shuttle tatting, but mainly do Hardanger and counted canvas work. When I saw your review of Tanja Berlin’s kit I knew I had to get one. I visited Carrickmacross last year and visited the lace museum. I got to watch the ladies doing the Carrickmacross lace and it was fascinating. It would be wonderful to learn the proper way to do the applique and those lovely filling stitches. And I would love those beautiful scissors. Thanks for bringing attention to this little known art.

  283. i had the opportunity to try making a small piece of this type of lace years ago and would love to learn more!!

  284. I want to try making Carrickmacross – it looks stunning and I like saying Carrickmacross. It’s a great word for a great craft! Adrienne G from Eugene.

  285. What beautiful lace kits. Would love to try my hand at lace, well, at least with proper instructions. Once I tried my hand at lace, and well, LOL, I wouldn’t exactly say that I made lace.

  286. No, I haven’t tried anything, but I have been eyeing Doreen Holmes’s kits for Needlelace for awhile, and was quite excited to see Tanja’s lovely little kit.

    If it wasn’t so close to my departure date to India,I’d have ordered it to bring with me on my holiday.

  287. I am yet to try any lace work. What attracts me to Carrickmacross the simple prettiness of white on white.

  288. Oh yes, this has stirred up the waters!! I do needle lace and have dabbled a little in bobbin lace. Carrickmacross work is appealing in that one can envisage so many applications. What a joy it appears to be. I can see myself sharing this with one of my inspired miniature embroidery friends. Then it will spread to many in our large Embroidery Guild. Thanks for the introduction to yet another form of embroidery. Bless You Mary.

  289. Hi Mary! Thanks again for a great give-away!
    I have not done any lace making, but I have wanted to try it. Tatting is on my “to learn” list, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. If I were lucky enough to win, it would give me the incentive to go for it!

    Either way, it’s something to try. I can see all kinds of applications for these, like for Christmas ornaments, pins, jewelry, and who knows what else!


  290. Hi Mary,

    I have been lucky enough to have taken a couple of classes from Tanya and really enjoyed them but haven’t tried Carrickmacross. This kit would be great as a starter project.
    I have stitched some pieces of Hardanger in the past and also Reticella. I have enjoyed stitching both of these techniques because of the challenge and also I just like the look of them.
    Please, pretty please.

  291. I have used ordinary sewing thread to make lace on linen handkerchiefs and would like to try Carrickmacross lace.

  292. Hi Mary,
    I have been lucky enough to have taken a couple of classes with Tanya and really enjoyed them, but haven’t tried Carrickmacross.
    I have stitched some pieces of Hardanger and one of Reticella. I like the openness of both these techniques and the face you can add so many diffrent fillings to the both.
    This kit would be a good starting point for a beginner.
    Please, pretty please.

  293. Hello,

    First I must say Big thank you for your daily mail,Since sevral manth I take care of my deying father and can’t go out a lot your mail is what I’m waiting for every day.
    I do use to do neddelework on tool and lace but never use this Carrickmacross lace this is the first time i see this tecniqe and i think i would like to give it a try and continue in devloping it in my cuntry in the middle east.
    again thank you very much for you list

  294. I would love to try this technique, I have tried bobbin lace in the past. but I never try Carrickmacross lace . love to be able to try it.

  295. I have made lace using knitting and crochet and have done simple edgings using needlelace. I would love to try Carrickmacross lace as we can use it for either traditional or contemporary designs. It is also builds on my existing embroidery skills. I have my first grandchild arriving in August so getting started on Carrickmacross will come in very handy.

    Thank you Mary and Tanja for this lovely give-away.

  296. I’m extremely new to embroidery, so no, I have not tried these products. I am a proficient beader, I am learning how to quilt and to do general sewing, and I want to incorporate embroidery into my quilting, sewing, and beadwork. I am particularly interested in embellishment techniques and in learning how to embroider accessories such as small purses, shoes, gloves, hair accessories, etc. In short, I want to take some of the skills I already have to the next level and I appreciate your videos and also your pointing me in the direction of this woman with the kits so that I can learn all of my basic skills.

    Now I’m going to jump up and down like Donkey in Shrek and cry “Pick Me! Pick Me” because th 25th is my birthday and what a fabulous present this would make. “Pick Me!” 😉

  297. I have not tried needle lace before but I have always loved lace and hoped to try bobbin lace. I am really keen to learn Carrickmacross lace as it is such a beautiful form of lace embroidery and to have the opportunity to win a kit is fantastic. I am very drawn to my Irish roots these days and want to try all their types of embroidery. Also I have 2 granddaughters who could be married in the next couple of years and I would love to be able to do something with Carrickmacross lace for their weddings. Thank you again Mary,for your generousity in making these giveaways possible.

    Berenice Holmes, Australia

  298. I’ve tried cutwork lace and tatting, and I love white on white embroidery. This looks like fun.

  299. I’ve crochetted lace but never tried embroidering lace. As yet. I’d love to try carrickmacross because I think I’d do well at intricate and delicate handiwork. Thanks for the opportunity to win something, Mary. Good luck to all of us.

  300. I’ve tried Branscombe, Alencon, Gros Point de Venise, Hollie Point, and in bobbin lace, Honiton, Flanders and Brugges. Nowadays, I incorporate many needlelace techniques in my embroidery – I just love it…

  301. Hello,
    Wow,this lace looks beautiful.
    I have not made lace before.
    Greetings Maria

  302. A few days ago I gathered together all my books with needle lace / needle weaving in them. I’ve tried these techniques before but I want to experiment with them some more. I haven’t tried Carrickmacross lace. In fact, this is the first time I’ve heard of it. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. I’ve taken courses with Tanja Berlin and her kits / instructions are superb.

  303. I have not tried needle lace before but have always loved laces and had wanted to learn bobbin lace. I would love to try Carrickmacross lace as I think it is very beautiful and would be a great technique to learn. At the moment I am very interested in embroideries from my Irish heritage. I have 2 granddaughters who could possibly get married in the next couple of years and I would dearly love to be able to do some Carrickmacross lace for them for their weddings. Thank you Mary once again for your generousity in making this giveaway possible.

    Kind regards,
    Berenice Holmes, Australia

  304. What a great give away. I have only done small amounts of needle lace and it is great fun. Any Tanja Berlin kit would be great to have. I have been fortunate to have done a couple of workshops with her and her kits are well put together and she is a very good teacher.

  305. Lace making will be a new adventure for me.
    The examples from Tanja Berlin’s kits demonstrate the richness of possibilities to be found in Carrickmacross lace.
    Thank you for introducing this new resource from Tanja Berlin.

  306. I have never tried any lace techniques before but I have always loved beautiful laces. I have often looked at trying bobbin lace. I would love to try Carrickmacross Lace as it is a very beautiful lace and learn the technique. At the moment I am very passionate about anything in embroidery that comes from Ireland as I search my Irish heritage. My 2 granddaughters could possibly get married within the next couple of years and I would really love to be able to do some Carrickmacross lace for them for their weddings. This would make me a very proud grandmother. Thank you Mary for making this giveaway possible.
    Kind regards,
    Berenice Holmes Qld Australia

  307. I have never tried any lace techniques. I would love to try it out as I am always looking for new techniques to add to my repertoire and I love to learn new things!

  308. My main interest in lacemaking have been bobbin lace, but last year I started a needlelace project, in a type of lace called Zele lace. I found the couching down of the outlining thread very soothing and I couldn’t put it down. The fillings are taking a bit more practice, but unlike bobbin lace, its easy to cut away a section and try it again!

    I have seen a lady demonstrate Carrickmacross, and its on my “To do” list for the future, very delicate work and so pretty

  309. As a bobbin lacemaker of course I admire Carrickmacross, its on my “To do” list as I saw a demonstration of this lovely lace last year.

    I have started needlelace last year, I am making a sampler in Zele lace which is very pretty and soothing to work!

  310. I’ve done several kinds of lace: crochet, knit, tatting, bobbin, lacis… but not the needle lace that I hope to try later this year (after several other projects are out the door). I have a number of pieces done by my mother’s first mother-in-law which are not Carrickmacross, but certainly related to it, and I’d love to learn more about the work — after all it is thread and my life-long goal is “all things thread” 🙂

  311. I’ve done several kinds of lace, both embroidery style (Lacis) and othe thread manipulation style (thread crochet, knit, bobbin, Teneriffe). More needle lace is on my “I want to …” list. It appears that many of he techniques in this cross-reference to other needle laces — and it is, after all, to do with thread and thus on my list in the never-ending search to experience “all things thread”

  312. Hello Mary,
    Once again another great give away! I never tried lace making, but have a small collection of hand made lace. Some years ago, my late husband and I honeymooned in Ireland and saw beautiful pieces of Carrickmacross Lace. To be able to try this technique would be a fun challenge! I read that one of the commenters is making her wedding dress. I did too!! Hand sewn lace applique and pearls – what a job, AND I finished it in time for my wedding!
    I wish her much enjoyment while she creates it.

  313. Hi – Beautiful gift away. I love lace and lace techniques. So far I’ve done lots of Hardanger and some needlelace. I’ve always wanted to learn Carrickmacross lace. This looks like the perfect kit for doing so.

    Thanks for a terrific give away.

  314. I have never tried lacework, but I have a friend who does it and I am amazed by the intricacy and fineness of the work. I am also attracted to the applique look of Carrickmacross lace.

  315. I was in Ireland last year and visited the Carrickmacross museum. It’s small but in a lovely, quaint village. They were quite glad to see us. I bought a kit while there and have tried it but there are instructions and then there are INSTRUCTIONS. I believe that I need the latter. So, this would be great for me to finish that little kit and get me well on my way to making more Carrickmacross lace!

  316. Good morning, Mary,

    I have never tried needle lace but have friends that are taking classes. If I won, the kit would be given to a friend.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Thank you,
    Maria VF

  317. Mary:
    Wow and double Wow! Had never heard of this technique until you introduced it but would love to learn it. It is so beautiful! Thank you for introducing this backwards country gal the opportunity to learn more and more.
    Georgia Gal

  318. Hi Mary, thanks to you and Tanja for another great giveaway. I recently tried needlelace, being particularly taken with Venetian Gros Point. Now that I am a bit more confident, I would like to try something else, and Carrickmacross would certainly fit the bill!

  319. I’ve tried making Battenburg lace and enjoyed it. I like the intricacy of it. I love the delicacy and airiness of lace. I love the display this kit makes. It’s a way of honouring times past. Sometimes I question the value of the work I do but then I tell myself there can never be too much beauty.

  320. Mary:

    Wow and Wow! Thank you for giving us knowledge beyond anything I have ever learned up until now.
    I would love to learn how to for this latest technique. What beautiful embroidery this latest idea has put into our heads.
    Best wishes for Best Stitches for you.

  321. Good morning. Haven’t tried needle lace yet, would love to give it a go. Now that I have a granddaughter I need to get started on some lacy dresses. Thanks Mary.

  322. I am always up for learning a new technique. Sometimes my learning only includes studying up on a technique but often I just dig in and do it. It is always a new adventure. This looks so pretty and it would have many possibilities.

  323. Hello Mary,
    What another great give-away!
    I have not tried this technique, but am always looking for new, fun and challenging projects. Some years ago my late husband and I honeymooned in Ireland and saw beautiful examples of lace and embroidery.

  324. I have been a shuttle tatter for years, and I have made crochet lace was well, but I have never tried any other lace techniques. I LOVE the look of Carrickmacross lace because it seems so much more delicate than tatting and Irish crochet. I have always wanted to learn Carrickmacross. My husband’s side of the family is Irish, and we have five daughters. I see Carrickmacross wedding veils in our future!

  325. For me lace is always something like a miracle. Here it is – just a ball of thread and a needle (bobbin, hook, shuttle, etc…) on the beginning, and at the end – such a delicate beauty incorporating light into beautiful design. I did mostly crochet lace, but learned a little bit of tatting, bobbin lace, cutwork. I found a book in the library on the beginning of needle lace, and I started to make a sampler following the instructions. I like each technique, because each is producing different effect. My dream is to be able to make my own designs, and incorporate lace into other needlework techniques. It is very hard to find good instruction books though, one has to learn mostly from the internet. That’s why I am so glad that you showed us this wonderful resource.

  326. I have never tried embroidered lace (other than an attempt at fagotting many years ago in a blouse that I made) but I have tatting on my list of new things to try and this technique looks amazing. I love that the designs are small and very simply elegant.
    Even though I live in a decent sized city we have no stitching shops (other than Michael’s and that doesn’t count in my opinion). I rely heavily on info that I can find on the net and I love your reviews and articles.
    Heather (from the Wet Coast)

  327. I’ve never tried lace, but I’ve wanted to for years. I think the kit would make it easier to learn since I wouldn’t have to hunt for supplies and it looks like a pretty technique.

  328. No, I have never done embroidery that way before but it is very lovely. Thanks for the giveaway Mary!!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  329. I’ve always admired lace and how it can make any project look just a little more special. I would love to try my hand at lace making. It would be a wonderful addition to the skills I am learning.

  330. I have never tried any lace techniques before, but have always wanted too.
    I would like to add this to my repertoire.

    Tanja’s kits are wonderful. Her instruction’s are first class, very detailed and thorough, plus there is always more than enough thread and fabric to complete the design.

    I would be honoured to win this kit.

    Mary thank you for another give-away.

  331. I have not tried lace making yet. I do all kinds of sewing, quilting, doll making and handwork. Since my knitting and crocheting are not as good as I would like, I think that has made me leery of lacemaking. However, I love to learn something new and the Carrickmacross lace looks so light and delicate – I think it would be fun.

  332. I have always been intrigued by Carrickmacross lace as well as all the various types of Irish laces — whether embroidered, crocheted, knit or otherwise created. I would very much enjoy this kit and the timing is great — a wonderful summer break/vacation project to focus on and learn well.

  333. Another great giveaway! Haven’t tried any lace but admire anyone who can tat or do ribbon lace. This type seems doable & I’m sure a kit would help! Thanks!
    Sheila from CA

  334. I’ve tried a number of lace techniques–tatting, crochet, bobbin lace, Reticella, and Teneriffe. My favorite of these is crochet, which I’ve been working since Mom taught me in grade school.

    Now I mostly work with Hardanger, Scwalm, and other drawn-thread types of embroidery. Carrickmacross looks intriguing and I’d love to give this kit a try.

    Thanks for the great reviews and giveaways!

  335. I have not triedit, but I am so impressed with Tanja Berlin’s kits and service. Just recently discovered her website through thos one, and ordered a kit and books. Very quick delivery, and wonderfully packaged. The kit I purchased is very detailed, so I would love to try one in a technique completely new to me.

  336. I have tried several types of embroidered lace. I took a class on Venetian Lace with Vima di Michelli. I have done several pieces that use needlelace, includding stumpwork pieces.
    I have also done pieces that include withdrawn thread techniques such as Hardanger, cutwork, Montmellick and other withdrawn thread techniques.
    My favorite of these techniques is Hardanger, because my grandmother taught it to me as a young girl. I recently stitched a ring-bearer’s pillow in Hardanger for my niece. I backed the pillow with an antique linen napkin that was my grandmother’s.
    I would be thrilled to win the Carrickmacross kit. I would like to try this technique and I really like the fact that the project has several different pieces as part of it. I have taken a class with Tanya and love her designs.

  337. No Mary I have not tried needle work lace before although I own some Carrickmacross lace and it is beautiful and would love to learn how to do it myself, but if as you say Tania Berlin’s kits are very easy to follow I would love to learn for myself.
    Flora from OZ

  338. I’ve never tried needle lace other than hardanger, but I do like to explore all kinds of embroidery. This attracted me so much that if I don’t win the kit, I’m going to order it and try this! Thanks Mary for the opportunity. I read your blog daily!

  339. A friend of mine gave the website to me because she knows I like to try different things relating to textiles and needlework. I have done a little stumpwork, tatting, and fine crochet, among other things. I am always up for a new challenge and would like to learn new stitchery.

  340. I have tried a little bit of Limerick Lace and Broderie Anglaise, and would LOVE to try Carrickmacross lace as well. It’s pretty, it’s Irish, and it’s handwork! What’s not to love? Thanks for the review and the giveaway!–Cassie

  341. My first and second comments got sucked into cyberspace–trying again. I’ve tried Limerick Lace and Broderie Anglaise, and would love to try Carrickmacross as well. It’s handwork, it’s pretty, it’s Irish–what’s not to love?

  342. Hi Mary
    I will put my hand up again for one of your give-aways; they are always worth winning – not that I ever have, but as the poet said ‘hope springeth eternal …’

    I have wanted to make embroidered as opposed to tatted lace for some time but my one and only foray into it was trying to embroider straight onto net/tulle which was singularly unsuccessful. So you can see that this kit would be of great benefit to me and I promise I would love and cherish it.

    Thanks again to you and to Tanja Berlin for this fabulous opportunity.

  343. I’ve never done this kind of lace making before but it looks so pretty and would love to give it a try. I enjoy crocheting lacy doilies and have been wanting to learn how to do tatting. I love the old fashioned look of a pretty piece of lace, especially when hand made.

  344. I tried Carrickmacross lace in a demo I took when I visited the Lace Museum in Kenmare, Ireland in 2011. Of the different techniques shown, this was the one I thought would be easiest for a novice to self-teach. Unfortunately, the introductory book they published is out of print. So I’m excited that Tanja has created this beginning kit. If I don’t win it, I will definitely be ordering it!

  345. I have done quite a lot of Richelieu embroidery, which also involves cutting away some fabric, so I know how important a pair of sharp and pointy scissors are for this kind of work. As far as other types of needle lace are concerned, I did a bit of reticella, a lot of drawn thread work and I am now very much into puncetto lace. I really love all these techniques and wish I had more time to dedicate to them!
    Thanks for the give-away and have a nice weekend

  346. Dear Mary,
    So far I haven’t braved needle lace – is looks so delicate. I have ideas to embroider and applique some net for a jug cover and Carrickmacross lace may be a good style for this! I will stay tuned. I LOVE your site!

  347. I have not tried any lace needlework, and am trying to expand my repertoire of needlework. Until recently, I was mainly doing cross stitch. Now I am working on a birth record for my granddaughter that required several new embroidery stitches – and I’ve found it rewarding to learn new stitches and the great effects. Carrickmacross lace looks beautiful – and I’d love to try it. I am glad that I found your web site – I have learned much from it! Thanks.

  348. I can remember my Swedish grandmother constantly working with her hands and sometimes lace objects. Would love to know more about that skill. The old traditions are the jewels of history.

  349. Good morning, Mary
    I have been teaching myself, thanks to your videos, to embroider as many new techniques as possible. I love the look of lace and am interested in trying something that is unique and beautiful. Thanks for this opportunity.

  350. No I have never tried any lace. this kit looks like a good way to start, plus it is so beautiful !

  351. I have not tried any needle lace yet. But my heritage and experience cutting Hardanger has had me returning to Carrickmacross Lace often – thinking, wishing, dreaming, but not yet planning! Thanks for the opportunity, and all I’ve learned from you.

  352. I haven’t tried embroidered lace, but have been lace-crazy for the last few weeks and trying to decide where to start, so this is *perfect timing*!

  353. Hi Mary,
    This is another very nice giveaway…thanks! I haven’t tried to make lace but I admire anyone who can tat or do bobbin lace because it looks so difficult. This lace making seems doable & a kit would make it much easier. Thanks again for the opportunity!
    Sheila from CA

  354. I have only done Irish crochet lace and some knitted lace, but I have been wanting to try lace making for a long time. I’ve been studying the different kinds, in fact my sister gave me a bobbin lacemaking kit for my birthday. Last year I discovered Romanian Point Lace and I was immediately smitten. I hunted down sources, etc. and am now starting my first project – a vintage RPL collar for a baby baptismal dress.

  355. I love laces and have studied various kinds with the hope of making some. In fact my sister gave me a bobbin lace making kit for my birthday. So far I have only made Irish crochet lace and knitted lace. but last year I discovered Romanian Point Lace and was determined to do my next project using it. So right now I am just starting it – a vintage lace collar for a baby baptismal dress.

  356. I’ve never tried embroidered lace before. But they looks sooooo adorable I just want to try them! Thanks for this give away and I wish I’m the lucky one 🙂

  357. This beautiful lace would look great on my crazy quilt projects. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win and learn this technique.

  358. The needle lace is new to me. Cut work is the only thing I have done that is somewhat related. Even my attempt at tatting did not go well. I have used one of Tanya Berlin’s kits and can attest to the quality of her instructions so would like to try her needle lace kit. This looks like something I could add to my card making.

  359. I have never tried any type of embroidered lace, needlelace or similar – although, looking at my bookshelf I have been buying books – particularly impressed by the point de gaze collar in Pat Earnshaw’s book “Needlelace”.

    What really attracts me to Tanja Berlin’s kit is that it makes Carrickmacross lace look achievable.

    I would love to win a kit.

  360. No, I’ve never tried any needlelace and I’ve never even heard of Carrimacross lace, but it’s beautiful. I just love learning new techniques

  361. I’ve tried bobbin lace (mainly Torchon) and various needlelace techniques for stumpwork. I have a pattern for Carrickmacross but it looks a bit complicated! This would be a brilliant introduction to the technique.

  362. thanks for the chance!! I have never tried embroidered lace and I’ve actually never really heard of it. This post makes me want to try it though.

  363. Hi Mary
    Have not tried this particular technique and know nothing about it however I have started a bobbin lace class which I have to say I am not finding easy but I am assured it does get easier with time! Would love the opportunity to try this one as I believe Tanya’s instructions are so good and she does give an online help if necessary which is always useful for the likes of me who has no help near to where we live. Many thanks again.

  364. I have not tried any needle lace. I have tried bobbin lace, but found it very difficult. I’d love to try the Carrickmacross.

  365. My husband’s grandmother made the most beautiful bobbin lace pieces. She taught me just a few of the basics and I did attempt a very simple pattern. I remember trying so hard not to get a tangled mess. As you can probably guess, I never became proficient. At making this lace but I did acquire a great deal of respect for the people who make bobbin lace. I would like to learn Carrickmacross Lace because I think it is so pretty. And I think it looks like something I can learn. Thanks for offering this give away!

  366. I will try again–having trouble with loading to the website.
    I have done several types of needlelace. I took a class with Vima di Michelli on Venitian lace and really enjoyed it. It was different in that it was on canvas.
    I have done lots of needlelace on pieces. I have also done forms of embroidered lace like Hardanger, withdrawn and wrapped threads and Mountmellick.
    Probably my favorite is Hardanger. My grandmother taught it to me when I was a young girl. I recently make a ring bearer’s pillow that was done in hardanger and backed the pillow using an antique linen napkin that I got from my grandmother. It is truly a special memento.
    I would love to win the Carrickmacross kit from Tanya Berlin. I like that it is several separate motifs instead of one piece. I have enjoyed working several of Tanya’s pieces and her instructions are great!

  367. I have not tried lace yet. I would like to try it because I don’t see lace much anymore and I would love to have the delicateness that lace brings in my home and would love it even more if I made it.

  368. I’ve tried a few types of needlelace, love them all! Carrickmacross is still on the ‘must try’ list, so hopefully its time has come.

  369. I have not tried lace, though I have done some fancy hardanger. I would love to try this!

  370. Mary, the closest I’ve come to needlelace is Hardangar, which I enjoy very much, but I am a HUGE fan of Tanja Berlin and everything she does. One day I hope to meet both of you! Janet.

  371. I because fascinated with Carrickmacross last week when I saw a butterfly posted on Pinterest. I’ve never done any needle lace before so this might be too ambitious but. Am expecting my first grandchild in September and am looking for inspirations for her christening gown.

  372. I tried crocheting lace long ago. I’ve always enjoyed creating Hardanger which has a lacy look. I’m stumbled on your site looking for embroidery tips as I wish to incorporate hand stitching into my quilting projects, including learning crazy quilting. Thanks for posting tutorials. I’m finding them very helpful.

  373. I have learned to shuttle tat from a video (took me 9 weeks to transfer the knot but I did it) and also taught myself Armenian needle lace from a book. This kit looks like a great way to learn a new lace technique that I’d love to try. I’m a caregiver for my entertaining but not very ambulatory 94 year old mother, as well as my two terrific kids with Down Syndrome, so my best time to learn any new skill is about 5 in the morning, so a kit I could do at my own pace would be great.

  374. G’day Mary,
    I have a book on the technique and bits and pieces of materials for it but that’s as far as I’ve gone. I read the book now and then when I come across it and it’s never lost it’s appeal.
    Thanks to you and Tanja for this special opportunity.
    Cheers, Kath from Oz.

  375. I have done reticella and some Dresden lace (and bobbin lace, but that’s not needle lace). Of those I’ve tried, I prefer reticella due to the geometric shapes. I want to try this just for the challenge and because I love the sheerness of the finished pieces. They just look so delicate!

  376. I have never tried lace making. I do think lace edging is really pretty and feminine. I love it when I find old embroidered linens that have a bit of lace. I would like to learn this technique to add to my embroidery skills. Thank you.

  377. I have not done any needle lace. I have tried bobbin lace but found it very difficult. I’d love to try the Carrickmacross.

  378. I have always wanted to try embroidered lace but have never got a chance to do so.. Would love to try this and make my wish come true 🙂

  379. I’ve worked in several kinds of lace — both embroidery based (lacis) and non-embroidery based (bobbin, thread crochet, knit). I’d love to explore this embroidery based lace which I can see uses many of the same techniques as others as well!

  380. Very beautiful embroidery. I have long been much embroidered needle lace, love this technique. I hope to sew anything. I love the white embroidery and different techniques. Thanks

  381. I haven’t tried needle lace techniques before. I am intrigued by theCarrickmacross lace because I have written on Irish Crocheted Lace (and worked some of it myself), so the Irish connection and backstory of the lace is interesting to me. I was also recently in Budapest and saw a beautiful exhibit of Halas Lace in the Museum of Applied Arts and was inspired to try needle lace at some time – a sampler kit of this type with clear instructions and starting materials would be the perfect introduction!

  382. I’ve tatted before, but I haven’t tried Carrickmacross Lace before. I’d like to learn because it looks gorgeous.

  383. Hi,

    I never try lace embroidery. But since I saw Tracy project, I would like to try it. I think that the delicatess and the transparency of the finish result attrack me the most. It is so beautiful!!!

  384. I haven’t tried any needlelace but have always wanted to. I would love the chance to try with the kit! Thanks for this chance to win.

  385. I am really inspired by Tanja Berlin’s Carrickmacross lace kit. The idea of learning these new small techniques is exciting. The only needle-lace I have done is in some hem stitching and also in some hardanger embroidery. I loved doing them both!
    Thanks for having these give-aways! They’re great even if we don’t win!

  386. I have tried bobin lace and enjoyed it and would like to return to it in the future. I really enjoy learning about new techniques and trying the Carrickmacross Lace would be fun.

  387. I have never done Carrickmacross Lace stitching or any other lace stitching. It will be interesting to learn it. 🙂

  388. I am new to hand embroidery. Found your site and am trying to learn. So I have NO experience with either. Love your site! Thanks


  389. I would like to try Carrickmacross lace because I love anything lacy. My grandmother made most of my childhood Easter dresses with rows of lace insertions and tiny pin tucks. I have tried needlelace as part of stumpwork, Princess lace and Battenburg.

  390. Never tried this technique but am always eager to learn esp. if it is one of Tanja’s kits. Also, it would be great to win something – would be a nice boost after the stressful last 8 or 9 months of worrying about my husband’s health…
    esp. since I am trying to refocus life and make room for needlework once more in this new rhythm we are finally settling into.

  391. I’ve done several piece of Ruskin Lace and Reticella lace and would love to try Carrickmacross. Thanks for having the drawing.

  392. I haven’t tried any kind of lace techniques yet but would love to try Carrickmacross. I like the way it looks as well as the fact that it originated in Ireland.

  393. I haven’t done much in the way of needle lace- some detached buttonhole is about the most of it. However, I do LOVE knitting lace. Now that I’m getting more into garment making, I think Carrickmacross lace would make wonderful embellishments around the neck and bodice.

    Thanks again for your informative and entertaining blog, and for these generous give-aways.

  394. I have tried Reticella also and enjoyed the needlework. Lace is beautiful. I love all kinds of laces. This Carrickmacross lace looks like great fun too. Thanks for all the wonderful information about needlework.

  395. I have not tried any kind of lacework. I have done pulled and drawn thread work, Hardanger and Schwalm. The small designs of the Carrickmacross lace are appealing to me.

  396. I would love to learn the Carrickmacross technique. I have only done the very simple, basic stitches of embroidery.

  397. I have made a few pieces in bobbin lace I learnt lace so that I could finish of a collar that my mother started before she died. I finished the collar and made a few other pieces I would love to try something different.

  398. I have tried Reticella and loved it. I also did some net embroidery on my daughter’s wedding veil. I would love to try Carrickmacross. Thank you for the opportunity to win Tanya’s materials on this.

  399. Hi, I’ve never even heard of Carrickmacross lace. It looks lovely. I love all sorts of lace and embroidery. In fact, I just did a trunk show with a friend today. I would love to add Carrickmacross to my list of things in my repertoire. Thanks for the opportunity to win and the opportunities to learn sooooo much from you!!!

  400. No, I never tried needle lace, I do pretty good crocheting and
    I really would like to try this technique. I think Tanjas’s kit are the best (I learned needle painting with her varius kits)!and hope to win the carrickmacpross’ one.
    Ciao from Italy

  401. I have never tried any kind of lace work before. These look amazing! I am anxious to see how it is done.

  402. I have done a little needle lace with my Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery. But this lace is something I have never heard of, but would like to further explore.

    Mary in Oregon

  403. I have not tried embroidered lace but I am so excited to do so. I’m a quilter and would love to incorporation the embroidered into my projects. I am so glad I found your web page and got on your mailing list. I am learning so much. Thank you. Jan in VA

  404. I have done some hardanger pieces and I enjoy the needleweaving in the middle of the cut threads. I have also done some filling stitches with embroidery and cross stitch. I think this kit would be a great way to learn more about this technique.

  405. I have also done some reticella which I like very much. This lace looks like a lot of fun. And curved scissors would be wonderful. Thanks for all the great ideas you share.

  406. I have never tried to make embroidered lace, although I intend to do it some time. What do I find enticing about Carrickmacross lace? It’s just so unique-looking.

  407. I have not ever tried any kind of lacemaking, but I have read extensively about it and have been so intrigued for years. When recovering from a back surgery I read detailed information about the different laces and where they came from. Since we are of Irish heritage I love all things Irish anyway. I would just love to have a chance to try making some lace. Especially Irish lace! It is also supposed to be a good thing to do to keep one’s mind sharp at my age.:-)

  408. I took a lace class with Judith Adams rom Austriallia. She was a wonderful teacher, but I still have so much to learn. It is beautiful!

    Gina Snyder

  409. I’ve tried my hand at Reticella and Punto Valsiana. I love both, but I have to be patient with progress on projects. I also re-embroidered a piece of black Chantilly antique lace with black silk thread and black metallic thread. I made it into a head scarf for my mother. She proudly wears it to church. I’m enticed to try Carrickmacross because I’ve never done any appliqué work before. I would like to make a bridal handkerchief for a friend

    Chris “With Sugar on Top” B de L


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