Mountmellick was once known as the little Manchester of Ireland due to the presence of a large and diverse industrial base, which included flax and cotton mills
During the 19th Century this quiet residential town gave its name to the world- renowned Victorian White on White embroidery called Mountmellick Work.
The Mountmellick Museum has built up a treasure trove of old and contemporary pieces of this magnificent work. Heirlooms of bed coverlets, pillow shams, tablecloths and nightdress cases survive today in excellent condition which is evident in the items on display in the museum.
This embroidery is unique as it is the only form of embroidery that can claim to be entirely Irish in origin and design.
One of the features of Mountmellick Work, is its serviceability
Mountmellick Embroidery became a popular hobby for ladies of the Victorian era which led to a major interest in the work.
The Mountmellick Museum is passionate about keeping the tradition of Mountmellick Work. Group and one-to-one workshops are provided on demand and are tailored to your individual needs. Advance booking necessary.