Paper patterns for embroidered net Limerick lace

Made in Ireland, British Isles, Europe, 1900-1912.

These hand drawn lace designs for embroidered net Limerick lace are part of a collection of lace and patterns that the donor’s mother, Edith Mary Georgeson (nee Lester), brought to Australia in 1912. Edith Mary originally from Count Cork in Ireland, had been a professional lacemaker making mostly hand-embroidered machine made net lace of the kind known as “Limerick Lace”. Some of the designs are labelled by hand with the name of the designer and “School of Art, Cork”. Limerick lace was one of th...


Lace designs (5), hand drawn, for embroidered net Limerick lace, paper / linen, made by Edith Mary Lester / Maude Hodkinson, Cork, Ireland, 1900-1912

Five hand drawn lace designs on paper and linen for embroidered net Limerick lace. One design made on a piece of square white linen features a floral and circualar design, one design on brown linen featrues a floral design for a collarette and includes makers marks. The three remaining designs are made on paper and feature floral patterns. The design for the fan includes makers marks.


Outlines for the designs for Limerick lace are drawn on architect's linen or tracing paper and placed either in front of the worker or under the net. The designs usually have only the briefest indications of which filling stitch is to be used, presumably allowing the maker to make the final decision.

These designs were made by Edith Mary Lester and Maude Hodkinson in Cork, Ireland between 1900 and 1912.


Gift of Mrs Jean Wood, 2007
22 November, 2007

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Paper patterns for embroidered net Limerick lace 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 11 December 2017, <>
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