The Headford Lace Project began in September 2016 with the aim of researching and reviving Headford’s lacemaking heritage. Since then, we have translated these aims into a series of activities with a focus on community engagement. Our five Headford Lace Weekends have trained keen apprentices in the skills of bobbin lacemaking and bobbin making, we have participated in a number of external events, members of our committee have undertaken a multitude of training initiatives to expand our collective knowledge and skills, and we have grown our network of lace contacts internationally through our social media channels.

I was introduced to Mountmellick Work by Veronica Stuart during the lace weekend in Headford on 22/10/2017.  As I have a keen interest in embroidery, I was fascinated by this white on white work. I visited the Mountmellick Embroidery Museum, Co. Laois on 10/11/2017.

The Fashion Museum Bath showcased 50 exquisite pieces which demonstrated how lace has been used from the 1500s to the present day.

The beautifully-restored Sprigging School in Rathbarry once housed a lace school established by Lady Carbery in 1825. Last week, as part of our Culture Night activities, a very special piece of lace associated with that school came to visit us here in Headford.