Saturdays and Sundays Afternoon (Pacific)

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Deciphering Leaves and Tallies

Instructor: Josée Poupart

Course Description: Learn what it takes to make tallies you can be proud of every time. At least six different types will be practiced in class plus various others discussed. An easy to remember crossing of multiple pairs technique will make your daisies from leaves a snap. And for a beautiful finish, there’s nothing better than an invisible one – to be practiced. Be ready with pencil and paper, as this course is structured to be part formal teaching time, part practice time. Never avoid a lovely lace pattern with tallies again!

Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of bobbin lace

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

Times: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

Second Device: Strongly recommended


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Sprang Lace Techniques

Instructor: Carol James

Course Description: Sprang lace can closely resemble many bobbin-lace stitches, but the technique allows you to create two rows of lace for every one row of work. Intended for individuals already comfortable with the basics of sprang, this class will take your work to a whole new level.  Explore sprang lace-making techniques with an expert.

We begin by making holes on purpose in a cloth of interlinking stitches, and discover tricks to place the holes in just the right place. We will explore several lace stitches, including edge stitches, ropes, and doubles. Class time will be divided between theory and supported practice. Irregularities (aka mistakes) are an invitation to further examine, and better understand the structure. Pattern reading and pattern writing will be presented as tools to facilitate planning and to record structures. Carol will share with you the method for writing sprang lace patterns that she developed, indicating the position of each thread. We will work from these patterns to create some basic designs. We will also look at images of historic sprang lace pieces and Carol will take you through the steps she would follow to derive the pattern for these pieces.

Level:  Intermediate / Advanced

Prerequisites: Must be comfortable with warping the frame and making basic stitches

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

Times: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

Second Device: Not required


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Not Your Grandmother’s Lace Identification

Instructor: Elizabeth Kurella

Course Description: There is so much more to learn from studying antique lace than how to slap a label on it. Lace was treasured and saved for centuries – that means lots of pieces of lace from the 1600s through the 1900s are still around for us to study. This class will provide a method for analyzing old lace as found in the field, and explore where and how lace was made, worn, and used for the past 400 years. See also how extraordinary and unusual antique lace can inspire lacemakers today to try new designs and techniques. In addition to studying pieces from the teacher’s collection, students are invited to send images of pieces from their own collections to be studied in class.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced

Prerequisites: It would be very helpful for students to read the first section of Elizabeth’s Guide to Lace and Linens book before the class. Please email ([email protected]) the teacher prior to the class with a brief description of what you are hoping to get out of the class, and your experience in lacemaking and/or the study of old lace.

Dates: Sundays, July 25 and August 1, 2021

Times: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT (note 2 days of 4 hours not 3 days of 3 hours)

Registration Fee: $100

Students May Optionally Supply: Guide to Lace and Linens
Students are encouraged (but not required) to have a copy of Guide to Lace and Linens available for use during the class.

Second Device: Not required