Saturdays and Sundays Morning (Pacific)

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Beginner Torchon Lace

Instructor: Jean Leader

Course Description: This class is for beginners who have already worked a little Torchon lace. The patterns for the class introduce some further techniques such as roseground, Spanish fans, and using a gimp, but will also provide more practice in the basic techniques of working ground stitches, simple fans, spiders, and a footside. The teacher will contact everyone before the class to send the prickings and will be happy to answer any questions.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: Some experience with Torchon bobbin lace

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 25, Sunday August 1, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply:

  • Cookie or block pillow at least 16” diameter
  • Thread of size suitable for pattern
  • Pins
  • Pricked pattern
  • Wound bobbins
  • Other usual supplies

Second Device: Required


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Joining Teneriffe Modules Is Making Teneriffe Lace!

Instructor: Elizabeth Correa

Course Description: This class is for anyone who has learned the basics of Teneriffe lace. We will explore a new way to make the modules. We will start making a radial warp on a wooden loom without pins. Then we will make some patterns and learn that we can create other new patterns with the same stitches. We will have three sizes of modules and at least three motifs. We will plan a lace piece and we will have a week to make the modules.  Then we will learn how to joining the modules and we will make a doily, a collar or  “appliques” for shirt or wherever you want. Each one will create your own Teneriffe lace piece. We will also talk a little about Sol laces, such as Teneriffe and Ñanduti lace. Let’s talk about the history of these radial laces that came to all America.

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Prerequisites: Some experience making Teneriffe lace motifs

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 25, Sunday August 1, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $100

Kit Fee: $15

Students Must Supply:

  • Lizbeth 40 or roughly TEX86 thread, light color
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Tweezers
  • #24 or #26 tapestry needle
  • 30 x 40 cm pillow
  • Other usual equipment

Second Device: Recommended


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Dorset Cartwheel Buttons for Beginners

Instructor: Anna McDowell

Course Description: During this class, participants will learn how to make a ‘thread’ button called a Dorset Cartwheel Button, as in the photo. The session will include a short introduction to the history of the Dorset Buttons cottage industry. I will then outline the four stages that go to making up one of these buttons:

  • Casting – covering the ring
  • Slicking – turning ridge to the back of ring
  • Laying – making the spokes
  • Rounding – filling in the button

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and I will cover some of the more difficult parts of button making, such as how to keep your spokes evenly spaced, how to keep your centres in the centre, and when and how to join threads.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Dates: Saturday, July 24, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit Fee: $12

Students Must Supply: Scissors

Second Device: Recommended but not required


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The Challenge of the Dorset Button Spiral and Basket Weave Design

Instructor: Anna McDowell

Course Description: Spirals can lead you to a number of different combinations of design; using beads and different coloured threads can all be incorporated into the design. Both Spirals and Basket Weave rely on working over single and double ‘Lays’ or spokes and to lose count of the combination that you are trying to achieve is easy! But once mastered, the Spiral and Basket Weave designs can be used in a number of ways to achieve a wonderful, complicated effect. This workshop is for those who know how to make a Dorset ‘Cartwheel’ Button and want to take it to the next stage.

Level: Advanced

Prerequisites: Experience making Dorset Cartwheel buttons, for example Saturday’s Cartwheel class. Some pre-work will be necessary.

Dates: Sunday, July 25, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit Fee: $12

Students Must Supply: Participants are asked to prepare two 30mm or larger rings by casting (blanket stitching) around both rings using firm stitches to ensure the base does not move when Laying. There will not be time in class to do this step. Also a pair of scissors is required.

Second Device: Recommended but not required


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The Joy of Birdseyes and Singletons

Instructor: Anna McDowell

Course Description: It is thought that Birdseye buttons are one of the earliest of the Dorset Button range, together with the High Tops and Dorset Knobs. Singletons were supposedly named after the Dorset family that first made them. Birdseye buttons are made using just fabric and thread. Wire rings were introduced in the 1730s and two further types of buttons were added to the range, including Singletons which are made with wire rings, fabric and thread.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Dates: Sunday, August 1, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit Fee: $12

Students Must Supply: Sharp-ended large-eyed needle, sewing thread, pair of scissors, and a knitting needle

Second Device: Recommended but not required


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12-Hour Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Instructor: Karen Thompson, assisted by Linda Kay Benning

Course Description: An introduction to bobbin lace basics, from winding the bobbins and learning the basic movements, to making 4 samples, each building on the skills from the previous lesson. This is intended to be a very first class in bobbin lace.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays, July 24, 25, 31, August 1, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $75

Kit Fee: $82

Students Must Supply: 3 ring binder, 25 clear plastic sleeves, pencil, paper scissors, and thread scissors

Second Device: Required