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INDIAN LACE. Attempts have been made to produce lace at some of the mission schools of India but, with the exception of drawn-work and Madras bobbin lace, little success has been accomplished.

INNER PEARL. Ornamental loops worked around the openings of the pattern.

INSERTION. A strip of lace or other ornamented texture inserted as a band decoration between other materials.

IONIAN ISLANDS. Earliest Greek point laces were made in the Ionian Islands, the home of Reticellas. A lace identical with the Greek lace, so-called Zante lace specimens, may be still purchased in the Ionian Islands.

IRISH. In 1743 Lady Arabella Denis, assisted by the government and by patriotic women, organized schools to improve the conditions of the Irish peasantry. Out of this movement grew the development of Irish crochet, in imitation of Point Venise. Carrickmacross lace commenced in 1820. (See Carrickmacross.) Limerick laces first made in Nottingham. Introduced into Ireland 1829. (See Limerick.) Needlepoint laces in Ireland were simply imitations of European laces. Curragh School devoted to the reproduction of Brussels applique, popularly called Irish point. Irish laces now made at Youghal, Waterford, Kinsale, Kenmore, New Ross, Killarney, Monaghan, Curragh and other places. [...MORE]


IRISH POINT. An applique curtain lace, the pattern being sewed to machine-made net. Sometimes the sprays or parts of the patterns are joined together with bars or brides and the foundation net is then cut away. IRISH POINT. Sometimes called Curragh laces, although made at a dozen different places in Ireland.

ISLE OF MAN. Name applied to coarse Valenciennes type of lace.

ISLE OF WIGHT. Two kinds of lace were made here, a bobbin lace following the English method, and a lace made by outlining the pattern with a run stitch on machine net and afterwards filling in the pattern with needle-point stitches.

ITALIAN. Reticella is considered the earliest of Italian laces, sometimes called Greek point, made from 1480 to 1620, characterized by geometrical patterns, circles and angles, which later developed into plain conventional patterns. Following the Reticellas we have Punto in Aria. At the end of the Sixteenth Century came the Venetian points. Laces of Milan, Venice, Florence and Ragusa were famous. The Italian industry went into decay when the French under Colbert, in the reign of Louis XIV, began making their own laces and soon supplying themselves and other nations with not only Italian examples but newer types that we now call net laces. See Venetian Point, Punto in Aria (stitches in the air), Punto a Relievo (relief work), "Punto Tagliato (cut-work), Opus Filatorium (darned work), Punto a Groppo (knotted work), Carnassiere, Margherita, Petit Motifs, Tape Lace.


JABOT. French term relating to frilling or ruffling, now used to indicate pendant of fabric from the front of a collar.

K KENMORE. See Irish.


KINSALE. See Irish