McBurney and Black

Handmade lace

About Us

After many years working in the world of textiles, I established McBurney and Black in 2013.

Grandmothers Lizzie Black, from Scotland, and Margaret McBurney, from Ireland, were my inspiration. They both had a great love for linen, an addiction to collecting and serious needlework skills! I also had close links to the Irish Linen trade; my great uncle a linen lapper and my great aunt a linen yarn winder in the days when Belfast was known as Linenopolis.

The aim is to share their legacy and that of others by offering a curated collection of Irish Linens and haberdashery. 

The collection is constantly changing as buyers find the perfect tablecloth or set of napkins - so the challenge is to find more beautiful, unique and sometimes quirky pieces to tempt you.

Just because a piece of linen is vintage doesn’t mean it has to be used in a traditional way. I love to combine the old and new, creating a way to enjoy these timeless treasures in our modern lives.

I maintain a close connection to the home of Irish Linen, heading home to Northern Ireland every few weeks to view estate sales and private collections and at the same time making new friends in the wider linen community. 

I have organised a number of linen tours and lecture regularly on the history of Irish Linen to a wide variety of organisations, from international tour groups to museums and historical societies.

Image courtesy of PhotosBy.Si

Fiona McKelvie, Founder

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