Headford Lace Project - Lace Archive

Click here and then scroll down for an overview of the contents of the lace archive.

This lace archive comprises a collection of over 170 items, generously donated by members of the public. Much of this collection is a reflection of the social history of craftwork done by women in different eras. Headford Lace Project is very grateful to all of our donors, those people who have donated precious lace pieces and treasured family memories to our archive and trusted them to our project. The archive will continue to be a source of interest and fascination, and a valuable educational aid. Our project is now interlaced with every piece in the archive, with the hands that made them, the people that used them and the people that wore them.

If you would like to get in touch about a piece of family lace history, please contact us.

Guide to Navigating the Archive

On a mobile device, the archive is best viewed in landscape format.

Items in the archive are listed alphabetically. You can browse the contents of the archive using the page numbers at the bottom of the page to navigate.

You can type a search term in the box below to find particular items by name, catalogue number, or description. To search by item, use a keyword like "collar" or "doilie".

You can also search by technique by selecting "Category" from the dropdown menu and then searching for keywords like "bobbin" or "crochet".

Our archive is organised using the General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G).

Headford Lace Project would like to thank Aengus McMahon Photography and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for their assistance in digitising this archive.

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Small Tray Cloth

Small tray cloth


Surplice Trimming

Trimming for surplice (Irish crochet?)


Circular Table Mat

Circular table mat


Tray Cloth

Hardanger embroidery tray cloth from Zimababwe



Knitted lace trimming



Pillowslip with bobbin lace border


Oval Table Mat

White crochet oval table mat (handmade)


Table Runner

Lace table runner with house patterns



Small tablecloth of crochet/cotton


Headford Lace

Headford Lace from Headford Castle, dated 1904. (On loan)

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