This is my 1850s Limerick lace day cap which I’ve embroidered myself.
I used unbleached cotton bobbinet tulle and non-mercerized white cotton thread, which was so difficult to get: Nearly all embroidery thread seams to be mercerized. Mercerization was invented in 1844, and seems to have been used in the production of fabric in the Victorian era because mercerized cotton is easier to dye. However, I couldn’t find proof that mercerization was also used for embroidery or sewing thread. All antique Limerick laces I’ve seen are embroidered with dull non-mercerized thread, not shiny mercerized thread.
Limerick lace is either tambour or needlerun lace. I made needlerun Limerick lace.
Here you’ll find instructions on how to make needle-run lace.
I’ve only embroidered motifs which I’ve seen on antique mid-Victorian Limerick lace.
The frilly border is finished with crochet.
It was so much fun to make this dainty lace and – apart from the research – it didn’t take long at all.
I’ve also made an 1850s Carrickmacross lace day cap.