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)

English Honiton Bobbin Lace

Class Description: The laces named for the town of Honiton in England reflect the free-spirited country gardens of England – a somewhat untidy jumble often with exquisite surprises of charming creatures and blooming things. Explore four centuries of lacemaking in and around Honiton through stories of evolutionary and sometimes revolutionary designs, techniques, and workmanship.

Date: May 9, 2022

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

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

The Wit and Whimsy of Milanese Bobbin Lace

Class Description: A terse mention and a few photos of witty three-dimensional details in Santina Levey’s book “Lace”, along with several visits to the Art Institute of Chicago’s lace collection started a life-long study of the wit and whimsy of Milanese bobbin lace. Explore a world of furry lions, curled wigs, and angels with belly buttons from the years when Italians were inventing bobbin lacemaking techniques to bring their fanciful ideas and designs to life.

Date: June 13, 2022

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

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 pm 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 pm 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)

A Century of Lace Collecting

Class Description: Centuries ago, the wearing of lace was the privilege of the nobility. One century ago, collecting that lace was the sport of the nouveau riche – especially the wives of the industrial nobility – and they paid dearly to acquire what the deposed royalty of Europe was selling. Numerous auctions and clubs supported that sport, but the investing bubble burst in the mid twentieth century. Explore what, how, and why those collectors assembled their treasures, and what has become of them.

Date: May 16, 2022

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

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

Two Centuries of Lace Lappets

Class Description: Lace lappets or headdress streamers, are an ideal focus for studying and collecting antique lace. Easy to store and display, examples from the 1700s to 1900s are also fairly regularly available at decent prices. They are an excellent way to explore the evolution of design and technique in lacemaking and changes in fashion throughout the most productive years of lacemaking.

Date: June 27, 2022

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

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 pm Pacific

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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 pm Pacific

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