It is formed on a mesh using one or both of two techniques:
- Tambour – where chain stitch is created using a hook.
- Needlerun – where stitches are darned onto the ground using a needle.
The lace was noted for its variety of delicate fillings, as many as 47 different ones being found in one collar. 
The industry was started in 1829 By Charles Walker. The industry was revived in the late 1880s.
When John F. Kennedy visited Limerick in 1963 he was presented with a lace christening robe.
Limerick Museum hold the largest collection of Limerick Lace in the country.
- Pat Earnshaw. A Dictionary of Lace. Shire Publications. ISBN 0-85263-700-4.