The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts is published by Mercier Press.

In November I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I have been working my way through the different projects since then.

This book is jam packed with atmospheric images of a variety of tradition crafts. It is a beautifully produced hardback book including 40 projects to make at home.

The book itself is broken down into 4 sections, including: stitch & sew, make & wear, store & keep and finally celebrate. It covers various different craft disciplines including crochet, knitting, lace work, embroidery, patchwork, upcycling, card making, paper quilting, printing, rushwork, basket making, leather work, jewellery making to mention just a few.

Each section gives an overview of the discipline and a pattern / description for the specify item to create at home. If you are unfamiliar with any of the disciples you will probably need a book or tutorials dedicated to the individual discipline itself.

Standout patterns from a personal opinion include, the Child’s Aran Jacket, having just recently just learned to cable knit it is a straight forward pattern, easy to follow and works up really well.

Book Review: Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts

The Carrikmacross Lace tutorial is clear and detailed with key images to guide you through the process.

Book Review: Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts
And finally the Donegal Tweed necklace and ring is a stunning piece, which can be made up to look like the sample image or if you feel like designing your own piece there is loads of scope to create your own with the detailed instructions included.

Book Review: Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts

Overall the book is a good introduction into the ICA Guilds, including their history and the wealth of crafting talent throughout Ireland.

The book is available to buy directly from Mercier Press here

Disclaimer: Mercier Press sent me a free review copy of this book to review, the views expressed here are exclusively my own.

Tina & Missy

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