Studies in Antique Lace with Elizabeth Kurella

Elizabeth is offering two series of monthly classes covering a wide variety of topics in antique lace. On the Second Monday of the month, The Many Faces of Lace delves into a different type of lace each month. On (usually) the Fourth Monday of the month, Exploring Antique Lace follows our whims through an eclectic set of topics. (We’re open to suggestions.)


Series 1: The Many Faces of Lace

Series Description: Elizabeth will discuss a different well-known lace each month, focusing on its evolutions and revolutions in style and technique. Some stories span 40 years and others 400 years. Classes are interactive and often Elizabeth invites students to send photos from their collections ahead of time so they can be included in the class discussion.

Sign up for a single class or a package of four for a 20% discount. You can mix and match between this series and the Exploring Antique Lace series below.

Dates: Second Monday of the month (usually). Individual class descriptions and dates are below.

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 pm Pacific

Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Prerequisites: None, but some understanding of lacemaking would be helpful.
Second Camera: Not required

Registration Fee: $25 per class or four for $80 between this series and Exploring Antique Lace series below.

Register (single form for any/all classes in The Many Faces of Lace series)

Point de Gaze Needle Lace

Class Description: Textbook mentions of this nineteenth-century lace usually limit the description to the earliest versions with the beautiful but predictable bouquets and swags in a gauze-like mesh. Exploring what is actually out there reveals remarkable worlds both within and beyond that. In taking a close look at point de gaze, collectors discover a variety of design and technique from nuance to upheaval, and lacemakers can find the fun in breaking rules that never existed.

Date: September 12, 2022

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in The Many Faces of Lace series)

Rosaline Bobbin Lace

Class Description: Granddaughter of Brussels, sister of Duchesse and cousin of Italian Rosaline, this popular and charming bobbin lace started as an imitation of needle lace. It is a story of imitation, evolution and transition.

Date: October 10, 2022

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in The Many Faces of Lace series)

Crochet

Class Description: A bit of thread, a simple hook, imagination, nimble fingers. That makes crochet one of the most versatile and successful of lacemaking technique worldwide. Explore styles, designs, and techniques of a world of vintage crochet lace.

Date: November 14, 2022

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in The Many Faces of Lace series)

Alençon

Class Description: The town of Alençon, slightly less than a hundred miles west of Paris, has given its name to lace styles and techniques ranging from elegant handmade needle lace to extravagant caricatures in machine lace. Explore the many faces of lace traveling the world under the name Alençon and learn what makes each distinctive and special.

Date: January 16, 2023

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in The Many Faces of Lace series)


Series 2: Exploring Antique Lace

Series Description: Elizabeth will share the history, details, stories, and sometimes intrigues of a variety of lace topics. Classes are interactive and often Elizabeth invites students to send photos from their collections ahead of time so they can be included in the class discussion.

Sign up for a single class or a package of four for a 20% discount. You can mix and match between this series and The Many Faces of Lace series above.

Dates: Fourth Monday of the month (usually). Individual class descriptions and dates are below.

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 pm Pacific

Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Prerequisites: None, but some understanding of lacemaking would be helpful.
Second Camera: Not required

Registration Fee: $25 per class or four for $80 between this series and The Many Faces of Lace series above.

Register (single form for any/all classes in the Exploring Antique Lace series)

How Machines Made Lace

Class Description: Explore the astonishing variety and capabilities of lace machines from the late 1700s through early 1900. Lace made by machine seldom gets the respect it deserves, yet the designing, building, and running of those machines was as amazing a human achievement as hand lacemaking. Sometimes cleverly imitating handmade, other machine laces are masterpieces of original design and execution worthy of collecting in their own right.

Date: September 26, 2022

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in the Exploring Antique Lace series)

Normandy Lace – Preserving Memories with Bits of Lace

Class Description: The need to share their treasured but frayed old collars, handkerchiefs, cuffs, doilies and fan leaves as well as just bits and pieces, prompted women in the first half of the twentieth century to stitch them into patchworks. The term “Normandy Lace” has persisted as a popular word-of-mouth descriptive term for these lace patchworks for a century, although it rarely appears in print. Explore how patchworks were made as well as some special things, such as authentic French embroidered lace cap backs, to look for in the patchworks.

Date: October 24, 2022

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in the Exploring Antique Lace series)

Labels on Old Lace – Believe It or Not?

Class Description: Endless labels are found attached to pieces of old lace and sometimes loose in the boxes. Some are good for a laugh; others offer real information. How to tell the difference? This class offers guidelines to help determine which labels we might believe, what information they really offer, when to leave them in place and when we can safely remove and discard them.

Date: November 28, 2022

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in the Exploring Antique Lace series)

Mending Antique Lace

Class Description: This class will study mends in old lace and discuss guidelines for successful mending, how to decide what can and should be mended and what is best left as is. It will show some basic techniques for mending, but is not a hands-on class.

Date: January 30, 2023

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 noon Pacific

Register (single form for any/all classes in the Exploring Antique Lace series)