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The Borris Lace by Post Project: Get hands-on with Carlow’s heritage craft

Calling all crafters over 65 – would you like an opportunity to learn more about the craft of Borris Lacemaking? Carlow Arts Office and Creative Ireland Carlow are delighted to announce the launch of 'The Borris Lace by Post Project' - and you're invited to get involved!

Inspired by Borris Lace, ‘The Borris Lace by Post Project’ will involve participants in a process of making and stitching with two local artists, Ally Nolan, a designer and craft maker from Bagenalstown; and Jules Michael, a painter and socially-engaged artist living near Borris.

Jules and Ally have designed a six-month project where participants will receive a monthly pack by post to learn the creative processes involved in making lace, sewing techniques and more. The beauty of this project is that it will be tailored to what you feel like making! This project is free and open to everyone over 65 living in Carlow.

Speaking about the project, artist Jules said:

“Each step of the project will come to you in a unique pack, with materials and instructions for you to complete in your own home. Posting out packs is a way for us all to connect, while being Covid-safe in your own home.”

Ally added that “At the end of the project, we will celebrate the individual crafted pieces and creativity, by finding a way to have an exhibition in safety in our community.”

Borris Lace by Post Project

Borris Lace was introduced to South County Carlow 174 years ago as a way for local people to make an income during Famine times. The Borris Lacemakers Group was established in 2016 to redress the decline of the craft. ‘The Borris Lace by Post Project’ is mirroring the concept of supporting local communities through troubled times by addressing positive mental health, physical dexterity, promoting an indigenous craft and all the history, links and stories that go with it.

The ‘Borris Lace by Post Project’ has been developed by Carlow Arts Office and Creative Ireland Carlow in collaboration with The Borris Lacemakers Group and the EU Craft Hub project.

The project’s first packs will be posted out the week commencing 17th May. This project is free and open to everyone over 65 living in Carlow.

Want to get involved? Contact Aileen Nolan at or text 087 358 0224 before 5pm on 14th May 2021.

Find out more about Carlow’s culture and creativity projects here.


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