Crocheter Irene Lundgaard Remembered


Crocheter and knitter Irene Lundgaard was skilled in a wide variety of crochet techniques that she also taught: classical, Tunisian, freeform, and tapestry crochet as well as Continental and Fair Isle style knitting.

Irene’s Role in The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

A detailed look at the riotous woolly Irish Reef. Photo by Irene Lundgaard
A detailed look at the riotous woolly Irish Reef.
Photo by Irene Lundgaard

Irene had a significant role in the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project,which was initiated in homage to the Australian Greet Barrier Reef using crochet techniques based in geometry.

Irish Crochet Coral Reef "Precious" Items
Some picks from the pedestal of Irish “precious” items.
Photo by Irene Lundgaard

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project was exhibited at the Science Gallery in Dublin Ireland and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.9

Irene’s Crochet Love: Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry Crochet Bags by Irene Lundgaard
Bags Of Romance
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

Irene wrote of Tapestry Crochet:

My true love in crochet is Tapestry Crochet, I love colour and playing with the graphic shapes this technique lends itself to. It ties neatly in with my Scandinavian background with Fair Isle knitting which I also do. -Irene Lundgaard1

Tapestry Crochet Handbag
Live Life Love Life Tapestry Crochet Handbag
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

“Since I found Tapestry Crochet and made it my own my Scandinavian crochet self has found her true spiritual home.” Irene wrote1

In Memoriam

Irene passed away in August of 2014.

To say that Irene could brighten up any room that she walked into would be an understatement. Her loss is immeasurable, she will be forever in my heart – Irene’s husband Dónal Donohoe2

Irene Lundgaard
Irene Lundgaard
Photo by Fergal Phillips ©

Her last Facebook post on August 8 was about her 20th anniversary living in Eire, Ireland with a photo of Irene, Dónal, and their little red car Thelma (which later became a henhouse).3

I have been allowed to be me and just that! I have never had to change or not be me, for that I am and always will be, deeply grateful.-Irene3

“Live life, love life.” -Irene Lundgaard

Learn More

Learn more about Irene Lundgaard and her work:

Learn more about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project and how to participate in it:



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