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 18 September, 2023. 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 at the practice sessions.
Fees: The virtual courses taught during the year are 150€. Classes are taught as a continuation course or at the request of enough waitlist students. See Registration for additional information.
Lieve Pollet, Belgium
Design in Binche Lace (drawing and making lace)
Where does this beautiful lace come from; its characteristics and materials? The ground, in combination with the choice of the thread, will be explained. Students will learn how to draw and to execute a pattern using the edge, picot edge, large and small snowflakes with connections, snowflakes with a ring (ring broken or not) and their connections with the edges. This knowledge is used to work small patterns: a rounded triangle with snowflakes with a ring, a small circle pattern with small snowflakes, a small circle with large snowflakes and a pattern illustrating everything learned in the course.
Students need to know how to read a technical drawing and should have some knowledge of Flanders lace. The course is suitable for advanced Binche students who desire to learn how to draw Binche lace.
6 weeks starting October 16, 2023. Space is available. Send a Contact form message. Click here for supply list.
Bistra Pisancheva, Bulgaria
LANDSCAPES – with bobbin lace improvisation
With threads of different colors and thicknesses we can paint beautiful lace landscapes, and have a lot of fun too! Bistra’s way of working offers a different look at the possibilities of an ancient technology that lives on today and that has its future. In her opinion, “This can be done with individual improvisation. I achieve this by technically changing textures existing in traditional practices.” Read more about her teaching strategy on the supply list document.
Classes begin January 13, 2023 for 4 weeks. If interested, complete the waitlist form. Click here for a complete supply list.
Wire Bobbin Lace for Contemporary and Traditional Lace Makers
Lauran Sundin, USA
The techniques covered in the class will benefit the traditional lace maker who wishes to make traditional pieces using wire. These techniques can also be used for small-scale jewelry applications or larger dimensional sculptural pieces. Focusing on the special methods of working with wire to understand the structural integrity inherent to metal and its potential for dimensional design and emphasis on proper tensioning and the technique of working the wire around the pins will be covered in detail. Students will make several samples to understand the special handling of the wire. Students will have the knowledge to make the pendant after the course. Pricking and directions for the pendant will be supplied.
Basic bobbin lace skills – but no prior wire working experience needed. www.lauransundin.com
Course is suitable for all levels of design expertise, aimed always at the novice; the basic requirement is that students must be able to make a straight piece of Torchon lace.
Jane Atkinson, UK
Round and Round in Circles
This course encourages original circular design on A3-size polar Plotadot grids (to be supplied). It starts with the creation of a very personal straight geometric design (inspired using pattern stamps) which is then transferred to a circular grid; that experience is then broadened with papercut and other more fluid shapes, stylised and organic patterns drawn from everyday life. It is accompanied by many examples of finished lace, often demonstrating the innovative use of colour.
The course will be proceeded by a tutorial with the instructor to enable students to create their own pattern stamps. Prior to the class, each student must also create at least one, or more, of the rubber stamp teaching aids (that the tutor would normally bring to class) which will help them generate ‘instant Torchon’ patterns. It is important that students attend the tutorial.
Second Camera: Not required to be suspended over work, but please have one available to photograph your work and send it to the teacher via WhatsApp.
Martina Wolter-Kampmann, Germany
Invisible – hidden starts and finishes in bobbin lace
Invisible starts and finishes: a theme in every piece we make, whether for joining or freely finishing bobbin lace. In this workshop I give an introduction with different solutions for different situations. You will learn to use magic threads, knots and extra stitches to secure threads invisibly. You will learn when to use which technique best. You can practice on small pieces to be able to use it later in your lace. I have been working on this subject for over 15 years and you will learn brand new tricks in small, manageable exercises. I will show you clearly in videos what is important.
Prerequisite: Experience with basic Torchon techniques, footside and headside, joining with a crochet hook. Though the requirements are basic, note that intermediate experience is recommended for students in this class.
Kristel Cromheeke, Netherlands
Flemish Needle Lace
Create a panda in needle lace in the traditional Flemish way. We start from the beginning and build it up with a variety of typical needle lace stitches. The course will be given in English and/or French. Handouts will be given with the necessary explanations. You don’t need any prior knowledge of lace or stitching. You only need to love to work with needle and thread.
Eva Brauer, Germany
Assistants: Christine Wellnitz & Kirsten Brinckmann
One of the most famous laces from Germany is named after the beautiful city of Dresden on the Elbe. It is an enchantingly delicate embroidered lace. Making it is easier than you think. A small flower (A) made of different patterns will smile at you at the end of the workshop.
Louise West, UK
The workshop will offer two designs at two scales, both having similar techniques, including starting at the centre of the design, rotating and keeping the cloth stitch level with the edge of the cloth being worked, adding in pairs and throwing out, plaits and half stitch buds on the left one, which also uses a twisted gimp.
Student Proficiency Level: Intermediate to Advanced