Youghal and Kenmare needle laces


Youghal and Kenmare needle laces

Youghal and Kenmare are both Irish needlelaces.

Members: 43
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2020

Resources: Books and Online

Pat Earnshaw YOUGHAL LACE - THE CRAFT AND THE CREAM (covers techniques and history)



Elizabeth Kurella IRISH NEEDLE LACE FOR CONNOISSEURS AND LACE MAKERS, 2014. Available from The Lace Merchant.



WEBSITES WITH INFO:  Has background info and a kit.  Has a video by Nora Finnegan, not the same one as on her website.


Competition pieces from the Kenmare Lace Festival 2015 - ;


Discussion Forum

Kenmare Lace 1 Reply

Hi Judith,Nice to hear from you again.The thread may look heavy because the photo is much enlarged to show the stitches clearly.Although Kenmare is a generally a flat needlepoint lace, some Rose…Continue

Started by Nora Finnegan. Last reply by Judith Connors Jun 27, 2012.

Is this Youghal? 2 Replies

I just saw some lace posted on eBay - Item number:220722897920  - listed as Youghal. What do you folks think? What features say "Youghal" to you?  Continue

Started by Carolyn Wetzel. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Jan 12, 2011.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on October 16, 2020 at 6:18pm

a Youghal lace from the Victoria & Albert museum was posted on facebook today. take a look.

Comment by Nora Finnegan on March 5, 2020 at 5:38pm

Thank you Caroline for referencing my teaching at the IOLI convention this summer in Mesa.

I am so excited that I have been invited. I can't wait to meet you all!

I can't believe it is so long since I last posted on Needlelacetalking!

For anyone who wants information on Kenmare Lace you, may like to check out my book Kenmare and other Irish Laces.

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on February 29, 2020 at 1:31pm

Interested in learning to make Kenmare lace from THE expert, Nora Finnegan, from Ireland? She will be teaching Irish Needlelace at the IOLI convention this summer in Mesa, Arizona, USA. Details can be found here:

Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 24, 2015 at 6:56pm

Thank you for that reference, I will look at it.

Comment by Christiane Machabée on May 23, 2015 at 8:46am

Une magnifique photo en gros plan d'une dentelle Irlandaise faite à l'aide d'un "fil de contour" unique est présentée dans le livre de N. Lovesey "Creative design in needlepoint lace". Voir page 141.

Pages 71, 97, 98 et page 111 sont aussi je crois des travaux au point irlandais.

A beautiful close-up photograph of an Irish Point made using a single thread "fil de contour" is presented in the book of N. Lovesey "Creative design in needlepoint lace". See page 141.
Pages 71, 97, 98 and page 111 are also, I think, Irish Point, but not sure about the contour thread.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 18, 2015 at 6:48pm

Yes, I discovered that when I read Elizabeth Kurella's new book on Youghal. Surprised me.  My book review

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 17, 2015 at 10:50pm

I had not realized, till I read the caption under Christiane's photo, that Youghal used only one thick outline thread, - not the usual 2 threads laid together. 

I presume the filling stitches are worked Around the whole thread, - not stitched Through the thread like in Halas Lace.

Comment by Teri Dow on May 6, 2015 at 1:22pm
Christiane, thank you. I am a dinosaur when it comes to technology.
Christiane, je vous remercie. Je suis un dinosaure quand il vient à la technologie.
Comment by Christiane Machabée on May 6, 2015 at 12:49pm
Comment by Christiane Machabée on May 6, 2015 at 12:38pm

Je ne trouve pas l'endroit exact. Pouvez-vous être plus précise s'il vous plaît Teri?

I can not find the exact location. Can you please be more specific Teri?


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