Borders, two, Limerick lace, hand embroidered on machine made, net, cotton, Ireland, early 1900s
A lace border, Limerick lace, machine made with hand embroidery. Rectangular in shape lace consists of a continuous border with a shallow scalloped headside. The shallow, scalloped headside is entwined with scalloped floral garlan bands, two alternate floral motifs below and between the floral loops. Attached is a machine made picot footside edge.
Lace border is made using needlerun or darned net technique on machine made net. The foundation net is of the four twist or 'square' variet, made between the 1830s and the 1960s. The design elements are all outlined with running stitch using a double thickness of thread. The very solid areas of the design are filled with chain stitch. The very open areas use a light zig-zag running stitch or small spots worked by stitching several times over a single mesh space. the picot edge is a narrow machine braid attached to the net with overcasting before the net is cut away.