Inishmacsaint Lace is worked in fine linen thread.
It is raised needlelace similar in method to the flat
needlelace. The raised effect of Inishmacsaint is achieved
by additional outlining sewn on to the lace after completion.
The raised areas are usually
around the outside of flowers and other important parts
of the design. The outlining
is known as the cordonnett which is a thickish cord that
can be further elevated by couched padding oversewn with
buttonhole stitching. The finished lace has a raised three-demensional
The definition of Inishmacsaint
Lace has been provided to Apparel Search by The Sheelin Antique
Irish Lace Museum.