All Courses will be held between 15:00 – 18:00 Central European Time. This time may be adjusted slightly according to the time zones of the participants in each class. An introductory class (practice session) with The Lace Museum class moderator and the Instructor will be held a week or more before the scheduled class. All students are asked to participate in the practice session. The classes will be recorded and available to students until 30 September 2024. Click on the instructor’s name in the course description to learn more about the instructor.

Most courses require students to use a camera to share their work with the instructor during class. Details about what is required for each specific course will be provided after registration. Assistance with setting up your cameras will be provided during the practice sessions.

Fees: All course participants must be registered to attend Virtual Congress 2024. Virtual registration includes 8 lectures. Virtual registration for members is 26 € (early bird) and 42 € after 31 March.
Virtual registration for non-members is 42 € (early bird) and 67 € after 31 March.
Registration for the virtual course (12 hours) is 130€ plus the appropriate registration fee.

Questions: Contact Katherine at vpoidfa@gmail.com.

Contemporary Needle Lace
Maggie Hensel-Brown, Australia

Make a specially designed needle lace sampler with lace artist Maggie Hensel-Brown. Maggie’s samplers are fun, quirky, and contemporary. This course covers all the basic steps to make a piece of needle lace, and builds up to more advanced stitches. Perfect for beginners or those who would like to brush up on their skills.

Student proficiency level: Beginner/Intermediate
Due to Maggie’s time zone, this class will be held at 13:00-16:00 CET.

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Developing a Work Plan for a Bobbin Lace Project
Diane Morrissette, Canada

With time, Diane learned that a careful study of the work plan makes the bobbin lacemaking process a lot easier, and it also helps to resolve any difficulties one might encounter before starting to make the lace. This process is especially useful if the pattern has limited, or no supporting diagrams. In this course, you will learn a systematic approach to developing a work plan.

Student proficiency level: Basic knowledge of Point-Ground bobbin lace, such as Bucks Point

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Glittering Gold and Shiny Silver, Metal lace from Norwegian folk costumes
Elisabeth Bjørklund Bøhler, Norway

Students will learn 4 different metal lace patterns (i.e. gold or silver), all found in Norwegian folk costumes.  To work the patterns 5 different types of metal thread are required. The students will learn how to handle this special thread, how to wind this thread onto bobbins, deal with a broken metal thread, and how to secure the finished work.

Student proficiency level: very proficient at Torchon and at reading detailed thread diagrams (one drawn line symbolizes one thread).

Supply list: Students may purchase a thread kit containing the threads necessary from the Norwegian teacher.

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Slovenian Lace with an Italian Touch
Matejka Jakob Oven, Slovenia

Slovenian lace was influenced by Italy due to geographical proximity and historical reasons. In this course participants will learn techniques such as narrow cloth stitch, half-blind cloth stich, and the Slovenian version of the Cantu flower which shows the influence of Italy on Slovenian lace.

Virtual Congress is pleased to offer this course which was taught at the 20th OIDFA World Lace Congress and General Assembly 2024 in Slovenia.

Student proficiency level: Beginner with basic knowledge of cross and twist

Supply list: Any type pillow, 7 pairs of bobbins and no. 30 cotton thread

Big Lace Installations in Public Spaces; from idea to action
Puntaires de Girona, Spain

Join us to analyze the challenges and skills needed in large lace installations in public spaces, from the design to the production. Be part of the making of a lace installation for the 2025 OIDFA Congress in Karlovo, Bulgaria! Please see attached information for a detailed description of the class. 

Student proficiency level: Basic knowledge of lace and ability to find your own working materials (not the “regular” lace threads…)

Each feather in the angel was created by a different lacemaker.

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Introduction to Aemilia Ars Needle Lace
Carolyn Wetzel, USA

Aemilia Ars lace is a bold needle lace, styled on 16th and 17th century Punto in Aria patterns as interpreted by modern eyes. Designers in the Aemilia Ars Society of Bologna embraced Italy’s version of Art Nouveau style, called Liberty Style (1880s-1920s), with its flowing lines and nature themes. The lace can be floral or geometric and is sturdy enough for household linens. It is traditionally worked in white or ecru thread. Create a techniques sampler and make a small floral motif modeled after classic Aemilia Ars design elements.

Student proficiency level: Beginner Click here for supply list.

Introduction to making colored tallies with six bobbins, rolls containing a variable number of bobbins, 4 and 8 bobbin braids, star crossings, plus adding and removing bobbins in crossings.

Student proficiency level: Knowledge and practice of the basics of Cluny lace

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Three Pairs Flanders
Rosita D’Ercoli, Italy

This very light and thin lace technique originated in Gorizia, Italy, during the 1930s. It is the most typical of the laces from Gorizia and it is worked with only 3 pairs of bobbins and a keen understanding of tension.

Virtual Congress is pleased to offer this course which was taught at the 20th OIDFA World Lace Congress and General Assembly 2024 in Slovenia.

Student proficiency level: Intermediate

Supplies: Any type pillow, 3 pairs of bobbins, Cotton thread no. 40, very thin crochet thread

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