Why not join the South Armagh Lace Collective, in the picturesque countryside of South Armagh, to learn more about the history and traditional skills of Carrickmacross lace-making workshop? This one-day workshop is suitable for beginner and improving students. You can expect to learn more about the rich history and tradition of lace-making in the South Armagh area. You will also learn the essential skills of Carrickmacross lace-making under the expert tutelage of your instructors; this will enable you to complete your very own piece of lace to take home.
Carrickmacross Lace is known as the ‘King of the Irish Laces’, being the oldest of the Irish needlepoint laces. It originated in 1821 and owes its inspiration to the fine Italian lace of that era. This exquisite lace was first introduced to the women of Cullaville in South Armagh in the late 1820s/early 1830s, by the Reed sisters in an attempt to alleviate rural poverty by providing women with a viable alternative to working in the fields. Such was the success of this venture that almost every house in the area had at least one lace-worker and it became an important source of rural family income. The areas around Culloville/Crossmaglen became known as ‘Centres of Excellence’ for lace-making for over a century. It is said that much of the lace that was made, in this part of South Armagh, is housed in the Royal Houses of Europe.
Today it is still hand worked by a small group of people who are passionate about the beauty of this fine lace created needle-craft and are also committed to safeguarding this important heritage for future generations.
Your workshop facilitators are:
Rosie Finnegan-Bell has been making lace for over 15 years. She has carried out extensive research about the rich tradition of lace-making in South Armagh and has a particular interest in telling the largely untold stories of the women of the locality who were involved in this cottage industry.
Muriel O Gorman has been making lace for over two decades. She mainly makes lace for pleasure, however some of her pieces have been featured on the award winning designs of local milliners.
Cost: £30 includes materials and instructions. Tea/Coffee & scones on arrival.
To book: Booking details to follow shortly, in the mean time please register your interest with Rosie Bell by email: [email protected]
To see examples of Carrickmacross lace, visit the Collective’s Facebook page.