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Amazing Lace
St. Marys Museum
St. Marys , Ontario


   This Amazing Lace exhibit
features the work of Margaret
MacArthur Weir (1809-1895), a
Scottish tambour lace-maker
who emigrated to a farm near
St. Marys, Ontario with her
husband and young family in
1843. Throughout her life,
Margaret produced great
quantities of lace. Even

after her death her work was
incorporated into clothing
for her children,
grandchildren and great
   First, the exhibit traces
the history and production of
tambour lace through a rich
array of Margaretís work:
exquisite edgings, costumes

and curtaining, each piece
crafted with precision and an
eye for detail. Other
artifacts, photographs, maps
and documents showcase
Margaret Weirís new life in
Canada as a mother and a lace-
   Next, although lace-
making might seem like a lost

art, the second part of the
Amazing Lace exhibit features
the work of four contemporary
lace-makers. Their tatting,
knitting, crochet and needle
laces, and their reasons for
continuing the legacy of this
textile craft, bring Margaret
Weir's work into perspective,
bridging three centuries of

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