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It is thought that Irish nuns from the Ursuline convent in Paris brought their crochet skills to a convent in Cork around the end of the 18th century, where they taught crochet-lace making to children.

Easily distinguished by its light, delicate three-dimensional rosettes and picot-laced backgrounds, their crocheted "lace" originally was meant to imitate the priceless laces of 15th century France and Italy. In time, however, Irish crochet lace became an art from in its own right, and by the turn of the 19th century was fashionable in aristocratic circles.

Today you don't have to enter a convent to learn this lovely, traditional technique. Everything you need to know may be found in a new, 32-page guidebook, "Learn to do Irish Crochet."

The "Learn to do Irish Crochet" guidebook, No. AN1291, is $9.95.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order toU-Bild Features, c/o The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web

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