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Through the Eye of a Needle

Time/Date - Friday 16 September 2011 - Tuesday 10 April 2012

The sewing needle has been an essential tool in everyday life for over 10,000 years.

Beaded purse on display during the exhibitionIt has given us sails to carry ships around the world, clothes to keep us warm, and quilts to sleep under. This exhibition celebrates the sewing needle and all its creations, whether for pleasure or for profit. See exquisite embroidery and beautiful examples of lace with hats, shoes, bags and dresses all on display. 

The exhibition is the concept of Valerie Wilson, Curator of Textiles at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. It reminds us how significant the invention of the needle was particularly from the black and white footage of needle manufacture.  

The display is given a local angle by looking at an industry which was once important employer in the Lurgan area in days of cotton handkerchief manufacture. The Museum received a donation of material from Mercer and Brown, one such company from the town.

There were literally hundreds of beautiful hand drawn coloured designs which formed patterns that would be embroidered onto the hankies.  The donation also included samples of the finished products. The exhibition continues until April 2012.  

This exhibition showcases some the best textiles in the collection of the Ulster Folk and Trasport Museum. These are further illustrated in a Collections Highlight tour "Through the Eye of a Needle"

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