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
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.
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.
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.
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.