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“A vanishing art”

Mountmellick Museum
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Lisa gave an enlightening tour of the beautiful articles of this particular type of embroidery. You cannot imagine that the skills needed to execute this work will be kept alive, too few have the time and inclination now to spend hours to make these articles and even if you are given something, fear of damaging it will keep it from being used.
This is a niche interest, but those who enjoy handcrafts rarely have the chance to see it so carefully displayed.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Its good to know that these crafts are being revived and taught to locals. Keep it up. It is beautiful

Thank Monica M
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

The staff at the Museum were very warm and helpful, and generous with their time. The work is really beautiful too

Thank Roisin C
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

We visited the Mountmellick Craft Museum in Co Laois recently and were welcomed by Mrs Dolores Dempsey who gave us a wonderful tour of the historical and cultural legacy of the Quaker heritage in Laois and throughout Ireland. Whilst we were attending for a tour of the beautiful hand crafted white on white embroidery there is so much more to hear and learn about. If you have an interest in genealogy the Museum has a database of Quaker records dating back to the 17th century. Mrs Dempsey is not only an inspiring teacher and skilled embroiderer she is also an historian and the love of of her craft and county are infectious. The museum houses wonderful examples of antique and modern white on white work and they are determined to keep this Mountmellick work alive. They run regular workshops, groups or one to one tuition is available. Beginners, improvers and master embroiderers are all catered for by advance booking. Drop in classes are held on Tuesdays (8 - 10pm) from September - March - no booking necessary.
We attended an embroidery class patiently tutored by Mrs Dempsey! The exhibition embroidery both antique and modern is inspiring. This is not a tour to be rushed so allow a leisurely morning or afternoon to enjoy this wonderful craft.
There is a pleasant cafe for snacks or lunch nearby and a car park also on site.
We were inspired by our visit and wish the Museum every success for the future.

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Reviewed 1 July 2016

We just stopped in to see the handwork and stayed a long time. Interesting place for the Quaker history. The people were very kind and helpful.

Thank Mekie
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