- Co. Clare
We are Eugene and Anke McKernan, an Irish/German couple based in East Clare. We specialize in woven and knitted scarves and our designs are sold in select boutiques, concept stores and museum shops throughout Ireland, Europe and North America.
When we began our handweaving company in 1985, we quickly understood that scarves would become our main focus.
Having to earn a living for our growing family, we realised that scarves were one of the few handwoven textile products that would be both financially and creatively interesting. As a product, scarves have a high perceived value but for us they are also a canvas that allows us to express our artistry, love for colour and appreciation of high quality textiles.
As for the customer, a scarf can both enhance and compliment a person’s complexion and outfit. It can flatter, adorn, comfort, uplift, and of course, protect. Finally, it goes without saying, that a scarf also makes a wonderful gift.
A large, warm scarf made from 95% Wool and 5% Cashmere. The happy sunflower motif is created with a technique called plating. This means that the plain and pearl stitches show up in different colours and create a beautiful texture. Both ends of the scarf are finished with a colourful stripy border.
A fine and lightweight scarf knitted on our 14 gauge Stoll knitting machine from 68% superfine Cotton and 32% shimmering Tussah Silk. The design was inspired by shoals of fish swimming in the ocean and the colours are fresh, light and bright to make this scarf the perfect happy summer accessory.
A scarf knitted from 100% Merino wool in tubular knit. We sourced the unusual multi-coloured yarn from an artisan spinning mill in the northeast of Japan and combined with a plain merino wool yarn to create the happy triangle pattern. The manifold colours of this scarf compliment most outfits, so it makes the perfect gift.
This is a classic, yet contemporary scarf woven from 100% Merino Wool. The asymmetric design features two complementary colours separated by a narrow bright stripe. The scarf is woven on our antique looms in a pattern mix of broken twill, rip weave and herringbone.
This unique scarf is the McKernan signature piece, which we have been making for over 25 years. Every year we change the colours to make sure that there is always a new choice for it's many fans. The colour of the Cosmo scarf changes thread by thread over it’s full width. To achieve this unusual effect, we make the warp by hand using a vertical hand-warping mill. The tassels are knotted by hand.
A triangular shawl knitted from 80% Merino wool and 20% Cashmere in a basket stitch with tuck effect. Many of our customers have this scarf in several colours and we have been told that it feels like a friend to them, it's so cuddly and soft and embraces them like a comfort blanket.
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When we design a new scarf, quality comes first. It is important to us that our scarves are reversible, have a perfect edge and drape well. But we also want to appeal to the sense of touch by creating sumptuous textures, the visual sense by using harmonious colour combinations and the spirit by dreaming up cheerful patterns. Yarns and colours have always stimulated our creativity.