|There are two varieties
of Limerick Lace. Tambour Lace which is worked with a hook and Needlerun
Lace which is worked with a needle. The Tambour is so named because the
net is stretched across a frame which is like a tambourine. Stitches are
then worked on to the net in a cotton thread with a fine steel tambour hook.
The pattern is drawn on paper and placed in front of the worker or held
underneath the net.
The Needlerun Lace is also worked on net where the stitches are darned with a sewing needle. Sometimes there is a combination of tambour and run work on the one piece of lace. One of the collars in the Museum shows both techniques. The run lace always has a lighter appearance. As in Carrickmacross Lace, it usually has caskets in the design which are spaces to be filled with a variety of fancy stitches.