• Shawl

    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl

    OBJECT: 1998.0607 – Shawl / Veil
    DESCRIPTION: Tambour with filling stitches, ecru colour, or tea dye.
    PATTERN: Flower and foliage filling four corners and along the edges. Scattered flower motif in the body.
    STITCHES AND TECHNIQUES: Tambour chain stitch and needlerun filling stitch.
    FIBRE: Cotton?
    SIZE: 202cm x 202 cm
    COMMENTS: Thicker or double outline thread. Large selection of filling stitches. Label removed and placed in bag attached. Some rusty coloured staining. Some tiny holes, broken threads. Generally, very good condition.
    DATE: 1900 – 1915
    GIFT OF: Not known
    STORED: Shelf

    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl
    1989.0607 Lace Shawl
    Shawl

    REPACKED 4th October 2018: http://limericklace.ie/?p=1464

    LIMERICK MUSEUM CATALOGUE LINK: http://museum.limerick.ie/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/21330

  • The most famous of all Irish laces

    Limerick lace is the most famous of all Irish laces. Established in 1829, it has been worn by thousands of women, including Queen Victoria, American First Lady Edith Roosevelt and Countess Markievicz.

    Limerick lace is a hybrid lace made on a machine made net base. It is a ‘mixed lace’ rather than a ‘true lace’, which would be entirely hand made. Limerick lace comes in two forms:

    • tambour lace, that is made by stretching a net over a frame like a tambourine and drawing threads through it with a hook;
    • needlerun lace is made by using a needle to embroider on a net background.
  • Heritage Week 2018 – Bring Out Your Lace 2018

    Heritage Week is getting closer! Have you signed up for a Limerick Lace class yet? Are you going to the talk?

    Here is the full list of Limerick lace-related events:

    • 16-18 August, 11am – 5pm – Bring Out Your Lace, organised by the Limerick Museum, Limerick Archives, & the Friends of Limerick Lace at the CB1 Gallery, 51a O’Connell St, Limerick. A special event where you can bring in your own items of lace to be assessed, catalogued and photographed. Whether it’s in the attic or a family heirloom, bring it along for our experts!
    • 19-26 August, 11am – 5pm-  ‘Amazing Lace’ Exhibition, organised by the  Limerick Museum, Limerick Archives, & the Friends of Limerick Lace at the CB1 Gallery, 51a O’Connell St, Limerick. An exhibition of Limerick lace, featuring lace garments, designs, drawings and demonstrations of lace-making.
    • 20  August, 10:30am – 12:30pm- Lace-Making Class, organised by the Limerick Archives at the City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick City. A free lace-making class for beginners, that will show you how to make pieces of lace.
    • 24 August, 12pm – 1pm – Limerick’s Amazing Lace Story, talk by Matthew Potter, organised by Limerick Museum at Istabraq Hall, Limerick City and County Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick City

    A pop-up exhibition of Limerick lace from the collection of the Limerick Museum will be open from the 16 until 26 August in CB1. For the first 3 days, volunteers from Friends of Lace will be present to meet the public, demonstrate lace making and discuss with visitors. If you are the lucky owner of one or more Limerick lace pieces, bring them in and tell us their story. If you allow us, we will photograph your items and include them in the upcoming online catalogue of Limerick lace, together with their story.


    Update:

    There was a fantastic turnout for the Bring Out Your Lace event! A number of pieces were donated to the Limerick Museum on this occasion. We will dedicate a separate post (and maybe publication) to the lace artefacts that have been brought in. On Saturday, 18 August 2018, we had an official launch of the Amazing Lace exhibition, that was opened by Limerick vice-mayor, Cllr. Vivienne Crowley. The brand-new Limerick lace kits were on sale, together with the instructions booklet created by Toni O’Malley, as well as the Amazing Lace book by Matthew Potter.

  • The 2018 Limerick Show

    A reminder that the Limerick Show is on Sunday, 26 Aug 2018.
    There is a Limerick lace category. Entries are accepted until Friday 10 August and there are 3 classes entrants can choose from:

    • class 18 – a recently made item to include heavy and light darning and at least 4 filling stitches.
    • class 19 – confined to lace makers who have not won an prize at Limerick Show. An item to include heavy and light darning and at least two filling stitches.
    • class 20 – an item of Limerick Lace with modern interpretation showing a minimum of 4 Limerick lace stitches.
  • Overskirt

    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt

    OBJECT: 1989.0117 – Overskirt (black)
    DESCRIPTION: Black thread on black net overskirt. Tambour.
    PATTERN: Tambour leaves & flowers. Scalloped edge with excess and not cut as it was turned back and worked with tambour pattern.
    STITCHES AND TECHNIQUES: Tambour, no filling stitches. Machine made ?? Some repair work.
    FIBRE: Cotton thread on cotton net. Possibly made by machine..
    SIZE: 97 cm x 101 cm. Finished measurement, then the ruffle 172 cm
    DATE: 1880 – 1915.
    COMMENTS: Several holes in the net. The outer part is asymmetrical to the front. Unusual.
    GIFT OF: Not known.
    STORED: Shelf.

    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt
    1989.0117 Limerick Lace
    Overskirt

    REPACKED 31st July 2018: http://limericklace.ie/?p=1205

    LIMERICK MUSEUM CATALOGUE LINK: http://museum.limerick.ie/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/9285

  • Stole

    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole

    OBJECT: 1988.0141 – Stole
    DESCRIPTION: Stole made in two sections – This piece appears to have been cut down. It was a square cut in two. Some of the edge is stitched on. When the square was in two the pieces were joined to make a stole.
    PATTERN: Floral.
    STITCHES AND TECHNIQUES: Tambour work – Silk thread on silk net.
    FIBRE: Silk thread on silk net.
    SIZE: 60 cm x 215 cm.
    DATE: 1875 – 1900.
    COMMENTS: Several holes.
    GIFT OF: Not known.
    STORED: Archival Box B.

    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    1988.0141 Limerick Lace Silk Stole
    Limerick Lace Silk Stole

    REPACKED 31st July 2018: http://limericklace.ie/?p=1205

    LIMERICK MUSEUM CATALOGUE LINK: http://museum.limerick.ie/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/8509