Limerick lace course at the Hunt Museum – the first steps

Now in its fourth week, the Limerick lace course taught by Toni O’Malley at the Hunt Museum is bringing the six participants on a beautiful journey.

  • The first week’s session was dedicated to the preparation of the tools and pattern tracing.
  • The second week saw the participants choosing a pattern and attaching it to the hoop, followed by learning the outline stitch.
  • During the third session, Toni taught us the heavy darn stitch.

See below a few images of our group at work:

IMG_20151008_123634 IMG_20151008_123745

IMG_20151008_123808 IMG_20151008_123815

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools of the trade:

Old Limerick lace piece recently cleaned and restored by Toni:
IMG_20151008_123019

Bring Out Your Lace

As part of National Heritage Week 2015, Limerick Museum and Archives are asking the public to bring out their lace to a show and tell event on:

Tuesday 25th August between 11am and 1pm
Exhibition Area, City Hall, Limerick.

On the day we will have lace expert Nora Finnegan, from Kenmare Lace and textile conservator Cliodhna Devitt available to give tips and advice preserving and storage. We will also have a professional photographer available to photograph the lace.

You do not need to have lace to come along on the day to listen to the stories of lace and to learn tips on how to preserve textiles.

Please share with others who may be interested in the lace industry in Ireland.

This is a free event and no booking is required.

For more details contact 061 407293 or Email archives@limerick.ie
bring out your lace

The Kenmare Lace Festival – 19-22 March 2015

From the Kenmare Lace Festival website:

Kenmare Biennial Lace Festival had its origins in ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’, a series of events, festivals and gatherings of all kinds welcoming people to Ireland during 2013.

From 19 to 22 March 2015 we will again celebrate the wonderful heritage of lacemaking and design established by the Poor Clare nuns in post famine Kenmare in the 1860s.

There is a full festival programme with lacemaking workshops in nine different disciplines running over two days. For the fashion conscious there will be a fashion show, a fashion-able competition and ‘meet the designers’ at the Art & Design Cloister. Exhibitions will showcase the very best in lacemaking and Irish design. There will be a full day of lacemaking workshops including Kenmare Lacemaking for both beginners and experienced lacemakers.

KenmareHeader

All the events are aimed at encouraging people to uphold tradition, good design and culture. To find out what is taking place during the festival go to the programme page.

The festival includes lace making workshops (3h each) in the following types of lace:

  • Kenmare Needlepoint Lace
  • Carrickmacross Lace
  • Bobbin Lace
  • Traditional Irish Crochet Lace
  • Limerick Lace

Registration is now open for lace making workshops. Workshops are running on Friday and Saturday.