LACE has an appeal that is truly worldwide. Many lacemakers and lovers of lace belong to organisations that support and encourage the traditions of lacemaking in their own countries. OIDFA is different, indeed unique, in that it is an organization for lacemakers of different countries (currently over 40) with a focus that transcends nationality.
“Lace added an extra dimension to my life – a life filled with friends, meetings with like-minded people, offering me opportunities for travel and adventure, opening up new directions, and providing multifaceted answers to the questions that interested me.” Bistra Pisancheva, Bulgaria
- Introduction to Bobbin Lace – Virtual
Karen Thompson, USA; Linda Kay Benning, Assistant 10, 13, 17, 20 July
Learn the basics of lace from winding the bobbins to the basic movements as you complete 4 samples, each building on the skills already learned. The class is preceded by a 45-60 minute practice session that covers a 2-camera setup, kit contents, and how to wind bobbins before class.
OIDFA’s activities reflect its international focus. The most obvious manifestation of this are the biennial Congresses, which have been held every two years since the first one in Le Puy-en-Velay in 1982. The next Congress is 4th–6th August, 2023, and will be a hybrid Congress held virtually and on-site in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and Gorizia (Italy). See the Congress page for more details. The Congress allows lacemakers from all over the world to meet other people who have the same field of interest, to exhibit their lace works, to exchange ideas, and to transmit knowledge about their art.