Workshop Teachers

Jane Atkinson

Jane Atkinson is an artist in contemporary bobbin lace. She is a founding partner in The Adventurous Lacemakers, teaching the design of Diamond Mesh laces via Patreon.

She has had two solo shows, Pinned in Place and Ebb’n’Flow, and exhibited in ‘Lace not Lace’, New Jersey; Fils Comuns, Spain (with Denise Watts) and in numerous shows around the UK with the Lace Guild and the 89 Lace Group, Make Southwest, Making Dorset, Bournemouth Arts Club and Dorset Craft Guild.

Linda Kay Benning

Linda Kay Benning has been on a fiber journey her entire life exploring work done primarily by women. She believes their fiber work enriched their lives with color and beauty. Often their skills provided supplementary income for the family, regardless of which continent they resided on. “I am an inch deep and a mile wide in the realm of fiber arts, focusing primarily on the heritage skills,” she recently explained. “My understanding and appreciation grows every time I try something new, often laughing when I examine my first attempt.” She is an active member of the EGA, Chesapeake Region Lace Guild, the International Organization of Lace, Inc., the Bobbin and Needle Lace Organization, and Smocking Arts of America.

Claire Bonito

Claire Bonito has almost 30 years of experience in making and designing lace, learning her craft from Pat Read MBE and later from Jacquie Tinch in the UK. She has been teaching regularly for over 15 years. She teaches a range of laces but specializes in Modern Milanese and has become well known for her contemporary designs using both Milanese and Withof lace techniques.

Claire teaches in a range of settings across the UK. She is talented both as a lacemaker and designer, and is a very good communicator with all levels of lacemaking. Her students say that she has an easy manner and friendly nature; her classes are popular with both new and continuing students alike. Claire was awarded both the Individual’s and the Visitor’s Choice Trophies in the Lace Guild’s “Contrasts” Exhibition, and was awarded a Medal for Excellence for her “Waterlily Mat” in the “Movement” exhibition.

Joan Brash

Joan Brash has been making bobbin, needle, tatted and other laces for about 40 years. She is a founding member of the 33-year-old Heritage Village Lace Guild in Western New York, and is an eternal board member and lace day chairman. She has recently specialized in Sol laces, combining classic features of Teneriffe and nanduti into contemporary designs.

Eva Brauer

Eva Brauer is a professional embroiderer. She has a small atelier in Kiel, Germany, where she runs workshops, carries out commissioned work and works on her own embroideries. Eva is fascinated by the great variety of embroidery techniques in particular and textile techniques in general. She is constantly working on expanding her knowledge. Since completing her apprenticeship in 1993 she has been teaching various embroidery techniques, for example whitework, goldwork and ribbon embroidery. She enjoys passing on her knowledge and is delighted to exchange ideas with others who share her passion for embroidery.

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.

Carol James

Carol James has been exploring sprang for more than 25 years, examining items in collections across North American and Europe, and making replicas. She has developed a pattern-writing system to accommodate the variety of designs encountered in her sprang explorations. She is the author of numerous articles, two DVDs and four books: Fingerweaving Untangled, Sprang Unsprung and two books of Sprang Lace Patterns. Carol is spending her Covid lockdown time reviewing her collection of sprang lace images and writing patterns and instruction sheets in order to make the technique accessible to others.

Loretta Holzberger

Loretta has been doing some form of needlework since she was a small child. Sewing, embroidery, crochet and knitting were all learned at an early age. Needle lace came much later, in the 1970’s. She has been teaching needlework since the 1970’s too, at her needlework guild, a shop, and later at her lacemakers guild. Loretta enjoys opportunities to share what she has learned with others.

Kathy Kauffmann

Kathy Kauffmann has been a lacemaker for more than 40 years with more than 35 years of teaching experience. She has taught for IOLI as well as many guilds throughout the US. She began her studies in Paris at Le Centre d’Enseignement de la Dentelle. She has studied many types of lace with her favorites being Withof, Flanders and Binche. Kathy is the co-author of “Withof in North America” along with Susie Johnson and Carol Watson. She also co-authored “Flanders” with Michael Giusiana and Marianne Stang. Kathy is past president of OIDFA and an active member in several guilds.

Theresa Kelly

Having grown up with threads and discovering Carrickmacross Lace in the 1980’s Theresa Kelly carries on a tradition of lace making that evolved in the Carrickmacross area in the 1800s. Pushing the boundaries of the technique, Theresa has explored many new possibilities, creating her own distinctive style and ensuring she is one of the most influential lacemakers in Ireland. Theresa has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and craft competitions throughout the world. Her work has been exhibited at the OIDFA International Lace Festival in Finland where she won the Sally Johanson Award. She has won the Muriel Gahan Award for Lace Innovation at the RDS Crafts Competition in Dublin.

Elizabeth Kurella and

Elizabeth Kurella has studied the history, identification, and evaluation of lace throughout Europe and the US. for over forty years, and has evaluated and identified lace collections for several museums as well as private collections. She has studied bobbin and needle lacemaking in the US and in Europe. She is the author of Guide to Lace and Linens, The Secrets of Real Lace, Anybody Can Mend Lace and Linens, as well as assorted other books and articles on antique lace.

Anna McDowell

Textiles and social history are two of my main interests, and it was during my twenty years working in the museum industry that I discovered Dorset buttons. I am now in the lucky position of being able to combine both my love of textiles with the inspiration from this heritage craft, once a major cottage industry in Dorset. I have researched the history of this industry, including visits to museums to examine original Dorset Buttons in their collections. I now use the original methods to work my buttons using contemporary materials and vintage and ethically sourced yarns. I also try out new designs and ways to use the skills of the original buttoners who made these buttons for their livelihood over 200 year ago. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to work on commissions including film, stage and contemporary fashion and have received awards for my buttons. My most treasured award is the Dorset Shield for traditional Dorset Crafts, and I enjoyed making buttons for Carey Mulligan’s costumes in the film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Victoria Ong

Victoria Ong is an emerging fiber artist from Chicago, IL, who is known for teaching and writing about Turkish needle lace flowers. She has published three books, “Flowers in Threads: Needle Lace for Beginners,” “Intermediate and Advanced Patterns for Needle Lace” and “Needle Lace Edgings.” These books, additional patterns, and supplies are available on her website.

Josée Poupart

Josée Poupart is French Canadian, fluent in both French and English. She received diplomas in biology and interior design. Her interests cover a wide range, including women’s handiwork, photography, and travel. She started learning bobbin lace in 1990, following a trip to Bruges. Back home, she made her first pillow and bobbins, and religiously followed every exercise from the Kantcentrum’s “Technique of Bobbin Lace.” With time, she became passionate for the unique texture leaves and tallies bring to lace. Her teaching career started informally with the Ottawa Guild of Lacemakers. She feels privileged being able to share her passion, and techniques collected over the years.

Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson started making lace in 1985 and teaching in 1995. She teaches weekly, and some of the laces include Torchon, Beds, Bucks, Brugge, Russian, Flanders and Binche. She has expansive experience with numerous laces but has studied Bedfordshire extensively with Christine Springett for several years. She has won several awards for her lace at the local, state and international levels.

Sally Schoenberg

Sally is retired and lives in Bellingham in Washington State. She learned Flanders and Binche at the KantCentrum in Bruges in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. She also studied with Annie Noben when Annie was making her epic trips across the US. Sally has taught Binche at IOLI conventions and in the Pacific Northwest, and has made videos for beginners in Flanders and Binche. Binche is her favorite lace to make; it is beautiful, plus analyzing diagrams that look like spaghetti to identify their meaningful elements shares an uncanny resemblance to plotting and analyzing the weather maps she used as a working meteorologist.

Kelli Slack

Kelli Slack is a teacher for her shop, A Twisted Picot, and teaches tatting, knitting, lace knitting, spinning, pattern design, Mediterranean Knotted Lace, seaming, and many other classes. She teaches lace knitting & tatting regularly for the International Organization of Lace, Inc. (IOLI) Convention, tatting at the Shuttlebirds Workshop and Palmetto Tat Days, and many different crafting classes at the Ozark Fiber Fling (Steelville, MO), Fiber U (Lebanon, MO), Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival (Franklin, IN). She is constantly designing and her samples and patterns are usually to be found at A Twisted Picot & Ravelry.

Karen Smock

Karen Smock was born with a love of textile arts, which was fostered by both grandmothers, who were amazing fiber artists. She started bobbin lace 10 years ago, after seeing it at a reenactment, and she started button making in 2015 while making reenacting clothes for her family. Karen specializes in historical needlework and enjoys passing on her knowledge to help keep the heritage crafts alive. Every summer, you can find her at French and Indian War reenactments teaching about lace and button history.

Máire Treanor

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 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. A 12-Hour Introduction to Bobbin Lace booklet was added in 2020 in collaboration with Kim Davis and Linda Kay Benning.

Holly Van Sciver

Holly has been a student and teacher of lacemaking for over 47 years. Originally trained in England, she teaches a wide variety of bobbin laces, but specializes in 19th century English laces. Her most recent work features Lester and Floral Bucks designs as well as interpretive lacemaking of non-traditional designs. She has taught and lectured in the United States, Canada and Europe for the International Old Lacers, regional lace guilds, national lace conferences, museums, historical societies, universities and professional organizations. Holly is a leader in teaching the fundamentals underlying lacemaking theory and design. She is the founder of the Finger Lakes Lace Guild and owner of Van Sciver Bobbin Lace, which has served to promote lacemaking worldwide since 1981.

Carol Wang

Inspired by a crafty mother, Carol has been a lifelong maker. She fell in love with Chinese knotting during a trip to Taiwan in the 70’s and has been tying knots ever since. Carol’s particular joy lies with finding or forging connections between disparate things. Whether that might be exploring the use of the same knot in mizuhiki, net making, and boondoggling; turning theoretical mathematical objects into physical knots; or tying knots with fiber optic cables. She also experiments with technology like CNC and laser cutters, usually to make tools to assist with other crafts.

Martina Wolter-Kampmann

Martina Wolter-Kampmann 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.

Louise West

Louise is based in Derby, UK and 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.