Karen Thompson, USA, learned to do many types of handcrafts from an early age while growing up in Denmark. Bobbin lace was added in 1974 when she learned the basics from her mother, including how to draft patterns. Since then she has studied bobbin lace in the USA and abroad. She has taught at IOLI Conventions, Virtual classes for The Lace Museum, and for local guilds, as well as being actively involved in several lace guilds in the US and internationally.

In 2017 she published a book on The Lace Samples from Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1789-1790. A 12-Hour Introduction to Bobbin Lace booklet was added in 2020 in collaboration with Kim Davis and Linda Kay Benning.

An Introduction to Bobbin Lace 10, 13, 17, 20 July, 2023 Click here for the Supply List.

Lauran Sundin, USA, studied Japanese textiles at the University of Hawaii where she came to understand that a piece of artwork, however complex in its design and execution, could be simple and elegant in the end.

The limitations of loom weaving led her to seek other techniques, particularly off-loom. In Antigua, Guatemala she studied dimensional overshot back strap weaving with indigenous Central American Indians. After Guatemala she continued to study off-loom techniques, experimenting with Japanese Kumihimo braiding. Eventually, she was led to traditional bobbin lace making and studied modern interpretations of the technique in Denmark coming to realize that the technique allowed her to actually “weave in any direction.”

Wire Bobbin Lace for Contemporary & Traditional Lace Makers

24, 25, 27, 28 July, 2023 Click here for a supply list.

Jane Atkinson, UK, is a contemporary bobbin lace artist. Speciality: creative Diamond Mesh laces, in geometric, abstract, stylised and freeform. Website: www.contemporarylace.com. Teaches in The Adventurous Lacemakers via Patreon, presentations and video; video workshops for DFZ. Languages: English and some French.

Round and Round in Circles  24, 25, 27, 28 July, 2023

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Martina Wolter-Kampmann, Germany, studied textile design for the teaching profession in Dortmund Germany and then trained as a lace teacher in Belgium at the Kantcentrum. Her preferences are the classic Flemish fine laces but also contemporary, sophisticated solutions for beginnings and finishes, jewelry and all tricky problems on the bobbin lace pillow. She looks back on over 33 years of professional experience.

Invisible – hidden starts and finishes in bobbin lace 

24, 25, 27, 28 July, 2023 Click here for a supply list.

Bistra Pisancheva, Bulgaria  Lace is not my profession, I have been practicing for 25 years. For the past 7 years I have been teaching my way of interpreting bobbin lace and also as a cultural anthropologist researching contemporary lace makers. As a teacher and researcher I am mostly one of them, I believe that everyone can make their lace better than I can. I don’t have my own reserved territory, I’m just looking for more application opportunities for this practice to survive. Last year I defended my doctorate title with a doctoral thesis on “Lace: Cultural Technologies and Social Practices,” and this year the text was published in the form of a book. I did this to introduce new audiences to the issues of modern lacemakers.

Landscapes with bobbin lace improvisation   24, 25, 27, 28 July, 2023 Click here for a supply list.

Kristel Cromheeke, Netherlands, learned needle lace 20 years ago from one of the last ladies who did this in Flanders as her job.  She learned it at school as a child and from her mother and aunt.  Later on she learned contemporary stitches from a lady in her eighties in Flanders who learned it in Zele, the center of needle lace in Flanders.  Kristel is currently teaching needle lace online for the Kantcentrum in Bruges and currently working on a website where visitors will be able to find the techniques of the Flemish needle lace in lessons and projects.

Flemish Needle Lace 14, 15, 17, 18 August, 2023

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Lieve Pollet, Belgium, was fascinated by handwork crafts as a little girl and discovered lace in 1998.  She fell in love with the fine laces with continuous threads and began training in Bruges in 2001 learning to draw Binche lace. After graduating from the teacher’s course in 2009, she began teaching at the Lace Centre in Bruges – Flanders, Chantilly and Binche, especially drawing, but of course, also making these laces. She also teaches in Europe and has authored a pattern book for Chantilly and Binche lace. She loves to teach drawing Binche lace the most and her ultimate dream – goal – is to keep the technique of drawing Binche lace lively. Lace is an unique heritage and by studying and drawing the techniques used in old laces as well as making new designs, we will have lace forever. A lace can disappear, be damaged, but the drawings will be kept, especially as we can now digitize drawings for the future lace makers and/or designers.

Design in Binche Lace 14, 15, 17, 18 August, 2023 Click here for supply list.

Eva Brauer, Germany, started her apprenticeship in 1989 as an embroiderer in Düsseldorf. In 2002 she passed the master craftsman’s examination. Since 2012 she has had a studio in Kiel, where she gives courses, performs commissioned work and works on her own embroideries. She is fascinated by the variety that the embroidery craft has to offer. She particularly enjoys working with 3-dimensional embroidery, gold embroidery, needlepoint, beads and sequins. Each embroidery has its own special charm. She enjoys passing on her knowledge and enjoys sharing with others who share an enthusiasm for embroidery.

Dresden Lace 14, 17, 18 August, 2023 Click here for supply list.

Please note: This is a 3 day class. Class fee: 95 Euros

Louise West is based in Derby, UK.  She designs, makes and teaches bobbin lacemaking, both at home and internationally. She specializes in the English laces of Bedfordshire and Bucks Point, but is always learning other laces for her own enjoyment. Her aim in life is to infect everyone with the passion and enthusiasm for bobbin lace and to pass on her knowledge to keep lace alive for the future.  louisewestlacedesign.co.uk

Contemporary Bedfordshire

13, 15, 17, 18 August, 2023 Click here for supply list.

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