This example is one I found online but there are many others... collars, bags, even jackets and dresses, especially wedding dresses.
Each of the motifs is made first, they are arranged in a pleasing pattern and connected by the mesh into a work of art. I cannot compete with that. lol I can't. I have such respect for the women of old who turned a ball of cotton thread and a crochet hook into a living, making this awe inspiring lace.
Abigail Bailey uses this "motifs held together by mesh" technique in her Time And Relative Dimension In Lace (TARDIL) shawl pattern.
Fans of Doctor Who will recognize the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), daleks, cybermen, weeping angels and adipose in my version... as well as a sonic screwdriver, bow tie and fez. Because bow ties (and fezzes (and Eleven!) )are cool.
It can be time consuming to go through so many steps, but I think it's safe to say whether its true Irish Lace or this geeky version, its definitely one of a kind!