Mountmellick Embroidery presentation to Ballyfin Demesne
World-famous 5-Star Ballyfin Demesne recently received their specially commissioned piece of Mountmellick Embroidery by master practitioner Ms. Dolores Dempsey. Dolores worked with the Management team in Ballyfin Demesne to design and work this unique piece which was inspired by the flora and fauna found on the grounds of Ballyfin.
The piece comprises of the name Ballyfin with a Coot bird surrounded by sprays of Blackberries, Honeysuckle, Dog Rose and a delicate Butterfly.Using seventeen different types of stitches this piece took eight weeks to complete.
At the handing over ceremony held in the Gold Room Mr. Damien Bastiat General Manager of Ballyfin Demesne stated that we are delighted to support the MDA and to now have a piece of Mountmellick Embroidery placed on display in Ballyfin.
Chairman of the MDA Mr. Paul Dempsey thanked Mr. Bastiat for the commission and stated that it was an honour that this unique white on white embroidery which originated in the early eighteen hundreds should adorn the walls of this magnificent building. In giving the MDA this commission Ballyfin has helped both keep this traditional craft alive and is playing a significant role in introducing it to a new international audience continued Mr. Dempsey.
Mountmellick Embroidery is enjoying a revival with many high profile people taking an interest in it. During his State visit a piece, by Ms. Anne O’Brien, was presented to HRH Prince Charles by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan, while more recently renound fashion designer Heidi Higgins incorporated it in her famous Mountmellick Dress.
The MDA who are custodians of Mountmellick Embroidery houses a large collection of fine pieces dating back to the mid eighteen hundreds in the MDA Museum in Irishtown, Mountmellick which is open daily.