Studies in Antique Lace with Elizabeth Kurella

Three short sets of classes, on a variety of subjects. Feel free to choose some or all of them. Receive a 20% discount when buying any four or more classes.

Series 1: Secrets of a Lace Dealer

Series Description: Living with antique lace for over fifty years has given lace dealer, collector, and maker Elizabeth Kurella a unique, real-world perspective and some very useful and practical skills that will be shared in this series of classes. Learn about washing, mending and storing antique lace.

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

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

Dates: Various Mondays. Individual class descriptions and dates are below.

Monday, September 9, 2024: Washing Antique Lace
Antique lace – should it be washed? What might happen if you try – and perhaps even more important – what if you don’t?  Learn what can reasonably be done at home, and how it might be done, the pre-washing thought that goes into the process, and the practical means of cleaning lace at home. Plus, take a pragmatic look at how our ancestors did it, and what we should, and should not, emulate.

Monday, September 16, 2024: Mending Antique Lace
Class will cover a handful of very simple techniques that can bring much old lace back to life. As important as the actual mending, this class will cover the thought that come before: what can and should be mended, and to what purpose?

Monday, September 23, 2024: Storing Antique Lace
In a home that is not a museum – how can you realistically and economically keep your collection of old lace safe for years to come?

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

Registration Fee: $25 per class or any four or more for $20 each

Register There is one registration form for all three series.


Series 2: Evolution of Lace

Series Description: Over the centuries, as each type of lace was developed, the techniques, designs, styles and how it was named or labeled evolved, diverged, grew and emerged in new ways.  This series of classes uses as a model the families of continuous bobbin laces that grew from Flemish roots in the 1600s in the nearby towns of Binche and Valenciennes, and explores how human creativity – pushed by the needs of society – carried lacemaking into new worlds.

Sign up for a single class or a package of four or more for a 20% discount. You can mix and match between this series and the other two series.

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

Dates: Various Mondays. Individual class descriptions and dates are below.

October 7, 2024: Binche Bobbin Lace
Starting with roots in early Flemish lace in the 1600s, and designs and techniques nearly indistinguishable from lace known as Valenciennes, Binche bobbin lace emphasized certain grounds, motifs, and techniques and evolved over the years to emerge around 1900 in a form sometimes known as Point de Fée.  Explore how to identify, judge, and take inspiration from the wit and creativity of Binche bobbin lace.

October 14, 2024: Valenciennes Bobbin Lace
Starting with roots in early Flemish lace in the 1600s, and designs and techniques nearly indistinguishable from lace known as Binche, Valenciennes bobbin lace emerged in a form ubiquitously used on handkerchiefs, frills and flounces, and Queen Victoria’s underwear – and readily copied by machines. Explore how to identify, judge, and separate handmade Valenciennes lace from machine copies.

October 21, 2024: Valenciennes de Gand Bobbin Lace
With the need to make spectacular pieces of Valenciennes style lace faster and better, by lacemakers with less experience and training, Sister Marie-Joseph in Ghent, Belgium invented and patented Valenciennes de Gand, a hybrid of lace made both continuously and in parts. This new way of making bobbin lace propelled lacemaking into the twentieth century. Explore how this world with no lace police applies today.

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

Registration Fee: $25 per class or any four or more for $20 each

Register There is one registration form for all three series.


Series 3: Becoming Lace Literate, Continued

Series Description: A continuation of the series of Lace Literacy classes designed to understand, appreciate, and share information about antique lace and to introduce new lacemakers and collectors to the remarkable world of old lace – and how we can use that knowledge today.

Sign up for a single class or a package of four or more for a 20% discount. You can mix and match between this series and the other two series above.

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

Dates: Various Mondays. Individual class descriptions and dates are below.

November 4, 2024: Old Lace – As Good As it Gets
This class reaches for the stars of creativity, imagination, design, technique and skill in how lace was designed, made, used, remodeled, and mended over the centuries to keep it vibrantly alive.  The class also will explore how we can use this creativity and skill for our own purposes today. 

November 11, 2024: Lace in Fashion
A primer for lacemakers, collectors, and reenactors on how designs and technique in the substance of lace evolved with changes in society over the centuries, how objects made of that lace were used in the past, and how we can use that knowledge today to identify, use, copy or take inspiration from today.

November 18, 2024: Pieceworks and Patchworks
Since the beginnings of lacemaking, objects were designed and made in two distinctive ways: as original designs assembled from specially made pieces in a variety of techniques, and as objects assembled from random bits of recycled lace.  Explore how to identify and evaluate these old pieces and how to design and make lace objects today.

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

Registration Fee: $25 per class or any four or more for $20 each

Register There is one registration form for all three series.