Limerick tambour lace

Fragment of Limerick tambour lace. Fragment of Limerick tambour lace.

Limerick tambour lace is a form of embroidered net lace, made with a machine-made net (tulle) and using chain stitch and a tambour hook for decoration. It should not be confused with Limerick run lace. It was made in Limerick, Ireland, from about 1829, when Mr Charles Walker set up a lace manufacturing business.

Limerick tambour lace was introduced from England, perhaps from Manchester or from Coggeshall in Essex. It can relatively easily be (re)produced by machine, and this was already the case in Manchester in the early nineteenth century, soon after the introduction of a net making machine, in Nottingham.

See also the related lace types and the TRC Needle entries on Ayrshire whitework and Coggeshall lace.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 27 April 2017).


Last modified on Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:05