Mary Wailes

Since I returned to Ireland in 2008 I have been involved in making Carrickmacross Lace which is a local craft. (...) This is a piece I finished recently for a young couple in England who were to get married this year but due to Covid-19 have postponed their wedding until next year. I felt very lucky that didn't include the date on the piece which would have been the usual thing to do!

I have been asked by the Lace Makers Guild to make a piece of lace to be included in a wall hanging to remember this period of lockdown. It has got to be a 6 inch square with a border. I have chosen to do a swan for several reasons... it was on the piece done by my late Mother, Mollie Watters who was brought up on a farm in County Monaghan. One of the fields there went down to the River Fane where she used to see swans swimming.  

Then in June I went to help my grandson with the work he was directed to do from school and one topic was the folklore story of "The Children of Lir”. Here I have the pattern pinned ready to tack and begin sewing. I had to correct part of the border, but I'll know where to stitch it.