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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish Linen & Lace









I'm thinking of the Irish Poets and storytellers today. Of my grandfather John Henry Kelley. I'm remembering a wonderful evening at the labyrinthine Quays Pub in Galway, and a day at Martello Tower in Dublin on Bloomsday. Of one unforgettable day we walked ten miles round trip to the Cliffs of Moer and back to our B&B in Doolin. Having traveled all that way, I wanted to have a look over the edge, so I crawled out and peered over while lying on my belly. (The wind is known to carry people over.) I got vertigo anyway.

I love all things Irish. But especially an Irish accent, Fisherman knits, and tweed Irish caps. And of course, top of the list, beautiful Irish linen and lace. . . .








































May the road always rise up to meet you!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Jacqueline





23 comments:

Bernideen said...

What beautiful items - I have alot of crochet collars but that top is stunning!

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sweet violets said...

What sweet memories you have, except for the vertigo!!! The linens are beautiful........

Barbara Lilian said...

What beautiful Irish lace and linen you have. I remember my mother having an Irish linen table cloth when I was young, she only used it for special occasions. My sister & I had to iron it. I vowed that when I was married & had my own house I would never have linen table cloths. Now I love to see them, but still hate ironing them.
Lovely post, enjoy your St Patrick's day

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my friend, this is gorgeous; such beautiful Irish crochet pieces and embroidered linen, each one is totally lovely. Happy St. Pat's and have a great week too.
FABBY

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Jacqueline,
They are treasures-all!
Happy St Patrick's Day,
Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I wish I had some beautiful Irish linens to go along with my Waterford. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Pamela Gordon said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you Jacqueline. Beautiful Irish linens and laces. Your trip sounds wonderful.

Dolly Sarrio said...

Beautiful handwork and story. Would you please come over and share at my design blog hop?
http://dollysdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-creative-blog-hop-4.html

thanks,
Dolly

Lavender Cottage said...

Gorgeous Irish linens and lace. A trip to the isle is on my bucket list but I wouldn't be looking over any cliffs.
Happy St. Patrick's day.
Judith

sandy said...

Everything is so pretty...and to have lovely memories of Ireland as well! This must be your holiday!

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Inspirational post with all the beautiful linen and lace, dear friend!!!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you, also!
Have a marvelous week ahead!
Fondly,
Pat

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a lovely post! I do so love Irish crochet. You have some marvelous Irish treasures!
Ruth

One Shabby Old House said...

Lovely treasures.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Your lace is so pretty. Happy Saint Patrick's day and have a lovely week.
~Clara

wendy said...

you manage to find the most glorious linens.

Katherine Wolak said...

That is just brilliant!!!! Im not surprised that you love it, truly spectacular pieces! :)

Hugs,

iris said...

très joli travail d' aiguilles
pour ce col et le gilet
Irlande est un très beau pays
je viens de sortir un billet
sur mon autre blog
sur "les poètes des lacs "
si vous aimez la poésie , je vous
invite à me rendre visite
http://irisombreetlumiere.blogspot.com
à bientôt
edith

sarita said...

Beautiful

Lee Caroline said...

What beautiful lace, oh my, I adore the little lace top, its gorgeous. I have inherited a lot of lace things from my mother but am not a lacy person myself. However, she crocheted the most beautiful lace bedspread but unfortunately after years of storage it has a few marks on it so I am planning to dye it a blue/grey to use in my bedroom. I hope this doesn't sound disastrous but it's a way I can stil use it and also sort of upcycle it, what do you think?

Lee :)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

To Lee:

I've seen it done. I think it's a great idea!

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, that one linen piece with the little clovers is soooo sweet, and so pretty posed with the small silver spoons. What a great photo! I CANNOT even imagine standing anywhere near those cliffs! My stomach falls just looking at photos of them!

Cindy

Haworth said...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Jacqueline! The lace and linen in your photographs is so beautiful. I love damask napkins, especially as they age and grow soft and floppy with a lovely sheen. Your Irish memories are real treasures!

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