Youghal lace (or Yougal lace)
inspired by Point de France developed in
Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.
lace was a top quality commercial product
that ended with the First World War. Lace
Making was taught in Youghal from 1845 by
the Presentation Sisters. Among the finest
pieces of lace made in Youghal was a train
for Queen Mary worn on her visit to India
in 1911 as its Empress. The skill of Lace
Making is still retained in Youghal to this
day. There is no written record of either
the stitches or the general technique at
the Convents themselves, but the puzzling
obscurity is illuminated by four important
1. A sampler of 43 stitches, preserved
at St Clare's Convent in Kenmare.
2. A court train made for Queen Mary
and worn by her at the Delhi Durbar of 1911.
3. Two books of designs drawn in Chinese
white on paper tinted beige, pink, azure,
crimson or midnight blue.
4. The Needlecraft Practical Journal
no.106, published by William Briggs under
the Penelope trademark, c1909.