The Lace Museum

Workshop Teachers

Melanie Cervi
Melanie taught herself to tat during her teen years to fill the time between practice sessions on her first love: the organ. After a number of moves, the box with the tatting supplies ended on top and she rediscovered creating lace with a shuttle. She now happily combines her love of music with her love of tatting. Having relocated to Monterey Bay area, she continues to perform, create tatting and teach.

Louise Colgan

Louise Colgan
Louise Colgan is a lacemaker, designer, and teacher with experience in a broad range of Bobbin Lace techniques. She began making lace in 1985 and has been teaching for over 30 years. She has served on the Board of the International Organization of Lace, Inc. as President, 1st & 2nd Vice-Presidents, Southwest Regional Director, and Grants Committee Chair. She is currently Chair of the Proficiency Program Committee and has been awarded an Honorary Membership. Louise has taught Bobbin Lace classes at many I.O.L.I. Conventions, plus workshops for U.S. members of O.I.D.F.A. and a wide variety of regional guilds. She was invited to teach classes at the Australian Lace Guild’s National Conference in 2012 and for New Zealand’s Bridge Lace Group in 2019. In her capacity as a lacemaker and designer, Louise has exhibited her work both locally and internationally. She was also a participant in the renowned International Poppy Project. Her designs have been included in the LACE EXPRESS magazine and the I.O.L.I. BULLETIN. Additionally, she has published three books of original patterns and has made an instructional video on Milanese Lace through Hensel Productions.

Pierre Fouché

https://pierrefouche.net
Pierre Fouché
Pierre's art was included in the Hunterdon Art Museum’s recent groundbreaking exhibition Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques. Pierre's production spans a number of distinctive media and approaches, including traditional craft techniques, recontextualised found objects, performances and interventions. In 2007, he was awarded one of South Africa's most prestigious art prizes: the Absa L'Atelier award. He is represented by Whatiftheworld gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, where he lives.

Veronika Irvine

https://tesselace.com
Veronika Irvine
Veronika has a PhD in computer science and has been a bobbin lacemaker since 1995. Taking inspiration from abstract expressionism and the color field movement, she is interested in elevating ground and filling patterns from their supporting role and exploring them in depth. In her academic research, she uses modern mathematics, such as braid theory, group theory and graph theory, to model bobbin lace grounds. Using this model Veronika has proved that there are an infinite number of bobbin lace grounds and has developed algorithms to generate millions of grounds in the Torchon style. Veronika's website is https://tesselace.com

Michèle Kelly

Michèle Kelly
Michèle has taught a wide variety of handwork techniques, including bobbin lace, for over twenty years. Michèle is local to our area and hosts a social “bring in what you are working on” event each Thursday at the museum from 11am-1pm every week. Most recently, she has begun teaching beginning bobbin lace online weekly since we can not have students in our physical location. Michèle has been teaching traditional and modern bobbin lace to both adults and children since 1994, with an ever increasing interest in experimentation with stitches and fibers.
Victoria Ong
Victoria Ong is an emerging fiber artist from Chicago, IL who is known for teaching and writing about needle lace flowers. Her first book, “Flowers in Threads: Needle Lace for Beginners”, was published last year. She is currently working on the sequel with intermediate/advanced patterns and techniques for 2020. Victoria's website has patterns, books and supplies.

Máire Treanor

Karen Thompson
Máire Treanor was born and educated in Armagh in the North of Ireland, completing a degree in Irish Studies at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. She came to Clones in 1988 and fell in love with its local crochet lace, which was at this time part of the rich past of Clones. She revived and has taught the technique of Clones lace in Ireland, Brittany France, and many parts of the United States since the 1990s. She has also researched how Irish Crochet travelled to many parts of the World including Umbria Italy, Kiev Ukraine and Budapest Hungary. Máire has written a book on Clones Lace Mercier 2002, Lacis 2010 and a dvd in 2012. She is a regular contributor to Piecework Magazine.

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson
Karen 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 US and abroad. She has taught at IOLI Conventions 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.