Lace Convention 2017

The Guild of Irish Lacemakers
Convention 2017
10th Monday – 14th Friday July

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Guild

From July 10th – 14th 2017 the Guild will be holding its 30th Anniversary Convention at the ICA training college,

An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co Louth, Ireland.

We are delighted to be hosting seven teachers providing a variety of lace making options:

   5 day (Monday 4pm – Friday 2pm) Classes during the Full Week option can be booked in two halves allowing the Lacemaker to try different options for the two halves of the week.

   0r a choice of

   2 day (Monday 4pm – Wednesday 2pm) / 2 day (Wednesday 2pm – Friday 12pm (Part         Week)

For people who cannot avail of these options there will also be a ‘One Day Taster’ option on the Wednesday which will allow people to try either Bobbin or Kenmare Needle Lace.

Booking forms can be downloaded for Full Week, Part Week, One Day.

All enquiries should go to

The following describes the packages in more detail.

Full Week Booking Options Member Non member
Residential (including accommodation, Lace Fashion show & Gala dinner)* €430 €480
Non-Residential (including lunch, high tea, Lace Fashion show & Gala Dinner)** €330 €380
Non-Residential (lunch only)** €255 €305


Part Week Booking Options Member Non member
Mon-Wed Residential (including accommodation & Lace Fashion show)* €230 €280
Mon-Wed Non-Residential (including lunch, high tea & Lace Fashion show)** €180 €260
Mon-Wed Non-Residential (lunch only)** €135 €185
Wed-Fri Residential (including accommodation & Gala dinner)* €230 €280
Wed- Fri Non-Residential (including lunch, high tea & Gala Dinner)** €180 €260
Wed-Fri Non-Residential (lunch only)** €135 €185

**    Residential fees cover the cost of a single room with shared bathroom or a shared room ensuite.  A limited number of single occupancy en-suite rooms are available on request on a first come first served basis with a supplement of €50
*    Non Residential fees cover the cost of meals and tuition only


One Day Booking Options Member Non member
One Day Plus ((Avoid rush hour) including lunch, high tea) €75 €90
One Day (lunch only) €55 €70

About our Teachers:-

Anne Drew        Bobbin Lace
Anne has been making Bobbin Lace since the 1970’s. As a school teacher she taught young children to make lace in an after school club. She also taught lacemaking at an Adult Education College.
After retiring from teaching she took the City & Guilds course. Anne is experienced in many styles of Bobbin Lace, including Russian and Idrijan tape laces.
It was during the 1990’s that Anne was introduced to Idrijan Lace techniques and she has travelled several times to Slovenia to study this lace, and she taught Idrijan lace for the GOIL in 2015.
Anne is an active member of OIDFA, the International lace organisation, recently serving a number of years on its Executive Council as Treasurer.

Jacquie Tinch    Bobbin Lace
Jacquie is a self-taught in bobbin lace maker having started learning in the late 1970s, her first teacher was Pat Read with whom she has studied for many years; learning Bucks Point, Beds, Bruges, Honiton and finally Milanese.
At the same time she attended courses with many of the top UK Tutors such as Bridget Cook, Pat Perryman, Tricia Bury and Margaret Tite giving her a wide experience of both UK and Continental lace.
While working as a teacher for her Local Education Authority, she gained her teaching qualifications including a Certificate of Education and has also taught weekend workshops, many specialising in Honiton.
From the late 1980s Milanese became her preferred lace and when Pat Read retired she was one of two students asked to take over her classes, which involved teaching in both America and Spain. Through the latter she met Mariña Regueiro and had the opportunity to study Hinojosa Lace which is closely related to Milanese.  Following a study trip to Russia, she also has an interest in Michailov, a coarse, coloured braid lace.
Most of the lace she makes and teaches now is Milanese or Hinojosa along with other braid laces particularly Idrija and Russian (both Vologda and Michailov) and she enjoys teaching a range of ability from very near beginner to experienced lacemaker, all of whom can find something to suit them in this variety of lace.

Mary Shields        Carrickmacross Lace
Mary is a lace-maker, designer, teacher and published author of articles on lace-making including two books on Carrickmacross Lace.
She is a keen lace historian with a special interest in Irish lace and has collaborated with textile experts on the identification and classification of lace in Museums and private collections worldwide.
While proficient in many lace-making techniques, Carrickmacross Lace is her speciality. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and awarded numerous prizes including the prestigious ‘Award of Excellence’ sponsored by the Royal Dublin Society.
Over a period of thirty-five years she has given lace classes and workshops in European countries, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan, for lace groups and organisations such as The Guild of Irish Lacemakers, I.O.L.I., The Lace Guild, OIDFA and the Australian Lace Guild.
She served as Chairperson of the Guild of Irish Lacemakers and Vice-President of OIDFA.

Grainne Conlon    Limerick Lace
Grainne has been making Limerick Lace since 1992, when she won a week’s tuition with Sheila Regan in An Grianan. Since then she has been studying and making Limerick Lace in all her spare time, as well as constantly honing her skills in the discipline. She has been a member of the Guild of Irish Lacemakers since that time.
She has been teaching Limerick Lace at the Guild’s Lace days and Workshops since 2014.
Her lace has won prizes and been exhibited in the RDS Craft Competition. She has also exhibited in the Folk Park at Riverstown, Co. Sligo as well as her local library.

Anne Greene        Irish Crochet
Anne first learned to knit and crochet under the guidance and instruction of her grandmother and has been making and teaching Irish Crochet lace for the past 35 years. She has honed her Irish Crochet skills under the tutorage of Kathie Earle at the Guild of Irish Lacemakers’ Workshops. With Kathie’s encouragement and mentoring, she started an Irish Crochet business, called Irish Lace Heirlooms in 1997 until 2002. During this time she took part in Showcase Ireland, exhibiting her creative pieces to many International buyers who came there to see the best of Irish Craft.
She completed a course with the Grafton Academy on Knitwear Design in 1992, and completed and achieved success in a Craft Business Design Course with Kildare Enterprise and the Design and Craft Council of Ireland.
She was awarded a Certificate of Merit in Irish Crochet in EBS Craft Competition 1996
Anne undertook a FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer course in 2013, in which she was awarded a Distinction.
She runs crochet workshops for tourist groups in the Kildare area, is a regular teacher for “The Constant Knitter” Craft store in Dublin as well as teaching in the Guild and the ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association).
Anne is a member of the Design and Craft Council or Ireland; the Guild of Irish Lacemakers; the Guild of Lacemakers in America and the National Guild of Master Craftsmen.

Veronica Stuart    Youghal Needlelace
Veronica Stuart is a renowned and gifted lace-maker. She has won international and national competitions, has judged many competitions and is a wonderful teacher of many types of Lace.
Veronica learned her craft skills from her own mother as a young girl. She always kept up her sewing skills and in the 1980’s she started Limerick Lace classes. As she was so interested in lace-making; she soon became an accomplished lace-maker in many of the Irish laces.
By the end of the 1980’s, Veronica had revived Youghal Lace and started up classes in Youghal teaching one of the most beautiful of the Irish Laces.
In 1992, Veronica won an International Gold Medal for her work on reviving Youghal Lace and her pieces of Limerick Lace. She went on to win many other competitions both national and international including a Medal for her work in Youghal Lace on “Bringing Christianity into the Millennium” and more recently for her piece in Youghal Lace on “The Art of Science and Life”.
She is now a renowned and popular teacher in both Ireland and abroad.

Maree Maher    Mountmellick Lace
Maree Maher is a mixed media artist living in Dublin. Her first “love” is Mountmellick work, Irish White Embroidery. She has been teaching for the past thirty years and has taught in China, Australia, America and Europe. Her work has been exhibited in the prestigious Royal Dublin Crafts Competition.
Maree is a member of the International Old Lacers Inc. U.S.A. She has published articles in Stitch Magazine, The Irish woman and the Irish Lace journal.
Maree is a founder member of the Guild of Irish Lacemakers, the Irish Guild of Embroiderers and the Embroiderers’ Guild

Day Visitor Teachers:-

Ann Keller        Bobbin Lace
Ann has been teaching Bobbin Lace since 1985. A background in History of Art led her to lace through the Decorative Arts and Interior Design. Ann also designs lace and makes commissioned pieces. She has published 10 folio books of original patterns with instructions and also decorates bobbins with miniature painting. 
Ann has taught in Ireland, the UK, Europe,  the USA and Canada, with her modern interpretation of Irish Celtic style, for fans, jewellery and accessories being of special interest.
Nora Finnegan        Kenmare Needlelace
Nora Finnegan Is a graduate of The Crawford School of Art Cork and NCAD Dublin.
Lacemaking became her passion having  learned to make Lace from The Poor Clare nuns in Kenmare more than 25 years ago and was instrumental in reviving the art of Kenmare Lace.
Nora has taught and demonstrated  lacemaking extensively all over Ireland from Belfast to Dublin, to Cork and Kerry and is author of “Kenmare and other Irish Laces”.
Nora has taught  workshops with the Guild of Irish Lacemakers and has worked with the DCCI on the schools CRAFTed  program. She has also been involved with the hugely successful Kenmare Lace Festivals serving as chairperson in 2015, as well as running workshops, talks and demonstrations at The Kenmare Lace and Design Centre throughout the year.
Not alone can participants at Nora’s workshop expect to become familiar with some of the Kenmare Needlepoint Stitches, but they may expect to leave with their very own small piece of exquisite Kenmare Lace.