Virtual Education

All virtual education will take place via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

Resources for Successful Online Learning: We have a page describing the second camera/electronic device(s) you may need to participate online. You may also find a guide for participating in lace workshops over Zoom helpful. These guides were created by Jean Leader a lace teacher from Scotland and can be found at https://www.jeanleader.net/teaching/resources.html, scroll down to ZoomStudents.pdf.

Registration: Click the specific workshop’s registration link below to register via Google forms. When you finish the form, you will be presented with a link to go to Shopify to purchase the workshop. If the workshop is sold out when you try to check out, your registration with the form has automatically entered you on the waiting list.

Future Sessions: The Lace Museum keeps an interest list for all past workshops and classes, as well as taking suggestions for new offerings. Please fill out our  form here .
Past Sessions: To view a gallery of images from our past workshops , please click here.

If you are a higher education student and cannot afford the registration fee, please apply for a grant.


Dorset Tree Button

Instructor: Anna McDowell

Course Description: Tree buttons are not a traditional Dorset Buttons but a contemporary version of this heritage craft. I always try to use the traditional stitches when making any of my contemporary buttons so I will be using all four stages (Casting, Slicking, Laying and Rounding) to make these buttons, concentrating on how to place spokes.

Skill Level: Continuing Beginner, Intermediate

Prerequisite: Experience with a traditional Dorset Cartwheel button. Students are asked to prepare their ring by Casting (blanket stitching) around it before class.

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit: $12

Kit Description: The kit includes thread, a ring and everything you need.

Students Must Provide: Scissors

Second Camera: Recommended

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Tatted Sunflower

Instructor: Kelli Slack

Course Description: Learn coiled center starts, split rings, lock joins, and more in this project-based class. This sunflower is just challenging enough to keep new and experienced shuttle tatters engaged, but not so hard as to be yet another “unfinished project.”

Skill Level: Continuing Beginner, Intermediate

Prerequisite: Basic shuttle tatting such as rings, chains, picots, joins, 2-shuttle work

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT

Registration Fee: $25

Students Must Provide:

  • 3-4 shuttles
  • Lizbeth Size 20 in colors 613 (approx. 30 yards) and 692 (approx. 5 yards) OR thread color and brand as desired
  • US 10 crochet hook
  • scissors

Second Camera: Optional

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Dorset Button with Preciosa Crystal Beads

Instructor: Anna McDowell

Course Description: Anna has designed a Dorset Button using a 40mm fine ring and four different colored Preciosa Crystal beads. The pattern also includes two rows of a different colored thread. Participants will learn how to work the four colors in to a set pattern and the technique she uses to change to a different colored thread.

Skill Level: Continuing Beginner, Intermediate

Prerequisite: Experience with a traditional Dorset Cartwheel button. Students are asked to prepare their ring by Casting (blanket stitching) around it before class.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit: $19

Kit Description: The kit includes thread, beads, a ring and everything you need.

Students Must Provide: Scissors

Second Camera: Recommended

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Wire Tatting for Everyone

Instructor: Kelli Slack

Course Description: Have you been hankering for a different thread? Can’t decide what to do next? Try wire tatting! Join Kelli in this class where you will learn tips and tricks for working with wire to create tatted creations that don’t need to be stiffened. Have a little aggression you need to release? We will be beating our tatting into submission with a rubber mallet after class! Students will learn winding wire, which shuttle to use, protecting your hands, tools for wire tatting, how to “block” wire tatting.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Rings, chains, picots, joins, and reading patterns are required knowledge. Students that know split rings, beadwork, etc. will be able to use those techniques as well, but knowledge of those techniques in not required.

Dates: Monday, July 29, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit: $14

Kit Description: “Tatting with Copper Wire” (Updated 2023) by Carolyn Regnier

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf file)

Second Camera: Optional

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Needle Lace Sunflower

Instructor: Joan Brash

Course Description: This sunflower isn’t any particular style of needle lace, just putting together some basic stitches. The first week we will practice the center stitch pattern and learn how to set up and start the spiral. The second week we will work with twisted stitches and concentrate on the petals and finishing. The sample is worked in size 40 cotton (e.g., Lizbeth) and is just under 5” in diameter.

Skill Level: Continuing Beginner, Intermediate

Prerequisite: This shouldn’t be your first or second piece of needle lace, but it isn’t really hard. You should be comfortable controlling tension and be ready to work in oddly shaped areas.

Dates: 2 Tuesdays – August 6, 13, 2024

Time: 10:00am – 12:00 noon PDT

Registration Fee: $55

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf). Just a small amount of pre-work is recommended.

Second Camera: Optional

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Dorset “Button” Grapevine Sunflower

Instructor: Karen Smock

Course Description: If you replace the ring of a Dorset button with, say, a grapevine wreath, this charming little decoration ensues. Learn several Dorset button techniques as we continue with our summer sunflowers.

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Dates: Monday, August 12, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit: $15, including postage.

Kit Description: The kit will contain the wreath, thread, ribbon and a needle. Instructions will be emailed a few days before class.

Students Must Provide: Scissors

Second Camera: Optional

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Certificate Program for German Thread-Wrapped Buttons

Instructor: Karen Smock

Course Description: Monika Hoede and her associates at the TracfhtenKultur Beratung (Traditional Costume Culture Center) in Krumbach, Germany have created a button certificate program in which students make 100 different thread-technique buttons. Karen was given permission to adapt the program with additional buttons by Anna McDowell (England), Gina Barrett (England) and Sabine Krump (Austria). She and her first students are also just finishing their translation of the course book, Posamentenknopf, into English.

You will make 100 buttons that will help you learn a wide variety of button-making techniques. In each class Karen will share a little history of the buttons, you will work together to make some of the harder buttons, and she will explain anything that you’ll need for the homework. The goal is to make 11 or 12 buttons a month, and the current students have found that very manageable.

The full nine months are broken into three terms with six 3-hour classes per term. We hope that people who start the program will want to complete all three terms. Feel free to register for all three terms, but only payment for the first term is due before September.

Skill Level: Beginner, Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Dates: Usually 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
Term 1: September 4, 18; October 2, 16; November 6, 20, 2024   Register
Term 2: December 4, 11, 2024; January 8, 15; February 5, 19, 2025   Register
Term 3: March 5, 19; April 2, 16; May 7, 21, 2025   Register

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT/PST

Registration Fee: $180 per term

Kit Description: There will be a kit for each term that includes all essential supplies except for the thread. Cost is approximately $30 per term plus postage, but the details will be worked out closer to the class time. We are not sure if the English version of the book will be available in time for class. If so, the price should be about $35. If it is not ready, you will purchase the German version of the book plus a simple printed copy of the English text for about $60 total.

Students Must Provide: Students will supply their own thread, and a wide variety will be useful. Pearl cotton size 5, Lizbeth/crochet cotton size 10 and 3, and embroidery floss are good basic threads, but you will also want to experiment as the class progresses. (You may gradually find other tools useful, but they are not required.)

Second Camera: Not required


Secrets of a Lace Dealer
Evolution of Lace
Becoming Lace Literate, Continued

Studies in Antique Lace

Instructor: Elizabeth Kurella

Three short sets of classes, on a variety of subjects. Feel free to choose some or all of them. Receive a 20% discount when buying any four or more classes.

Series 1: Secrets of a Lace Dealer – Living with antique lace for over fifty years has given lace dealer, collector, and maker Elizabeth Kurella a unique, real-world perspective and some very useful and practical skills that will be shared in this series of classes. Learn about washing, mending and storing antique lace.

Series 2: Evolution of Lace – Over the centuries, as each type of lace was developed, the techniques, designs, styles and how it was named or labeled evolved, diverged, grew and emerged in new ways.  This series of classes uses as a model the families of continuous bobbin laces that grew from Flemish roots in the 1600s in the nearby towns of Binche and Valenciennes, and explores how human creativity – pushed by the needs of society – carried lacemaking into new worlds.

Series 3: Becoming Lace Literate, Continued A continuation of the series of Lace Literacy classes designed to understand, appreciate, and share information about antique lace and to introduce new lacemakers and collectors to the remarkable world of old lace – and how we can use that knowledge today.

Dates: Mondays, September 9, 16, 23; October 7, 14, 21; November 4, 11, 18, 2024

Times: 10:00 am -12:00 pm PDT / PST

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Prerequisites: None, but some understanding of lacemaking would be helpful.

Second Camera: Not required

Registration Fee: $25 per class or any four or more for $20 each

Detailed Descriptions, Dates, Times and Registration: Click Here


Beginning Flanders

Instructor: Kathy Kauffmann

Course Description: Experience for the first time or continue your studies of Belgian laces. Flanders is a Belgian lace with a unique 5 hole ground. It provides an excellent base for any other Belgian lace, especially Binche. Binche is a unique lace that uses elements of Flanders, Paris and Valenciennes. It is known for the beautiful snowflake ground and flowing elements.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: A very good knowledge of Torchon

Dates: 4 Wednesdays – September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT

Registration Fee: $120

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Three Bedfordshire Keyring Fobs

Instructor: Louise West

Course Description: Three delightful small patterns for keyrings, each introducing some new techniques. We’ll do one pattern each week – the star, then the heart and finally the paw print.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: The equivalent of Elizabeth Peterson’s Beds Continuing 1 class, for example – Invisible add and discard, starting a new trail from a trail and Cluny crossings.

Dates: 3 Wednesdays – September 18, 25, October 2, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am PDT

Registration Fee: $100

Kit: $17

Kit Description: The kit is a laser-cut, ready-to-work pricking with the pattern sheet, photographs and some instructions. It also includes three plastic keyring fobs to fit the patterns.

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Introduction to Chinese Knotting

Instructor: Carol Wang

Course Description: Learn the basics of Chinese knotting. Carol will lead the class through Lydia Chen’s core 12: double connection, sauvastika, flat, creeper, plafond, cross, good luck, double coin, Chinese button, cloverleaf, round brocade, and pan chang knots.

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Dates: 6 Thursdays – September 19, 26, October 10, 24, November 7, 14, 2024

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm PDT/PST

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Recommended

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Milanese Beginner Braids

Instructor: Claire Bonito

Course Description: Take your first steps into Milanese Lace with this Milanese beginners level course. Over the three sessions you will learn how to start with a false footing and how to work 3 to 4 different decorative braids that progress in complexity and include a range of skills particular to this type of lace. We will discuss the different families of braids and the considerations for working and tensioning them.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: You should be able to confidently work cloth stitch, half stitch, and cloth stitch and twist.

Dates: 3 Thursdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 2024

Time: 9:00 am -11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $75

Kit: $7

Kit Description: A pattern pack with instructions, working diagrams, and prickings in 2 sizes pre-printed onto card will be sent via mail.

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace – Beginning

Instructor: Elizabeth Peterson

Course Description: This class is designed for those wanting to learn the basics of Beds Lace. You will learn plaits, picots, 9-pin edge, trails, bouncing plaits/leaves off the trail, windmill crossing and the Beds leaf. This lace has a lot of techniques and is a fun addition to your lacing skills. You’ll love leaves when you leave.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: Basic bobbin lace skills

Dates: 3 Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, 8, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am PDT

Registration Fee:  $75

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Milanese Continuing Beginners Flame

Instructor: Claire Bonito

Course Description: This is a follow-on course to the Beginners Braids course and will guide you through some of the most commonly used Milanese lace techniques. This piece starts with a false footing. You will then learn to add pairs under the worker, working and understanding a scroll turn, and working a sharp corner turn. Then you will work the decorative braid Orchid 1, (that builds on the braid knowledge learned in the previous course) using a diagram and/or written instructions, reduce pairs from the center of the braid, finish at a point to then roll back around the edges of the piece using the Withof roll technique.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: You should be able to confidently work cloth stitch, half stitch, and cloth stitch and twist. It is recommended that you will have completed the Milanese Beginners Braids course or equivalent.

Dates: 3 Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, 9-12 PDT

Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon PDT

Registration Fee: $100

Kit: $7

Kit Description: A pattern pack with instructions, working diagrams, and prickings in 2 sizes pre-printed onto card will be sent via mail.

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Beginning Bucks Point

Instructor: Marion Warzel

Course Description: Bucks Point Lace is a beautiful English style of point ground lace. It is characterized by a hexagonal mesh ground and motifs defined by outlining gimp threads. In this class we learn the basics, including the point ground, picot, catch pin, gimp and honeycomb.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Intermediate experience with Torchon lace

Dates: 4 Wednesdays – October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 2024

Time: 9:00 am– 11:00 am PDT/PST

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required, and students will also email photos of homework once the field of pins is removed.

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Aemelia Ars Needle Lace

Instructor: Loretta Holzberger

Course Description: Aemilia Ars is a relatively simple needle lace developed in Italy in the late 19th century. Patterns reflect nature and are reminiscent of early needle lace. There are some distinctive techniques and stitches. The pattern will be provided electronically.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Dates: 3 Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5, 2024

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT/PST

Registration Fee: $65

Students Must Provide: Small sharp needle and quilting thread, #40 crochet cotton in white, ecru or colors of your choice (traditional work is always in white), #24 tapestry needle, pricker, tweezers, scissors, thimble, optional magnification, good light.

Second Camera: Optional

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Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace – Continuing 1

Instructor: Elizabeth Peterson

Course Description: This continuing Beds class follows “Beginning Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace” and  will include more patterns with additional techniques. Invisible add and discard pairs in a trail, starting a new trail from a trail and cluny crossings are some of them.  Patterns will be sent for the pieces you will be making. Learn more tricks to include in your lacemaking skills.

Level: Intermediate

Dates:  4 Tuesdays – October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 2024

Times:  9:00 am – 11:00 am PDT/PST

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Provide: Supply list and patterns will be sent after registration.

Second Camera: Required

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Flanders Lace – Level 2

Instructor: Kathy Kauffmann

Course Description: This course is a continuation of Flanders Lace Level I. Students will enrich their knowledge of the lace by learning about the “Peg” and “Snowflakes” as they relate to Flanders Lace.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Flanders Lace Level I or the equivalent. Students should know how to begin a piece of lace, the ground, connections, take-ins and take-outs, adding pairs in the corners.

Dates: 4 Wednesdays – October 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT/PST

Registration Fee: $120

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Bedfordshire Butterfly

Instructor: Louise West

Course Description: The butterfly was designed to be mounted in a dream catcher ring to hang at your window, so that the sequins catch the light and sparkle. Work all in white or add some color, using techniques of floral Beds. Techniques being covered include adding sequins, overlaid leaf tallies, raised and rolled tallies, and twisted gimp in the trail.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: At least the equivalent of Elizabeth Peterson’s Beds Continuing 2 class. Best to have experience in floral Beds techniques of adding in and throwing out pairs, and the usual plaits, picots, leaf tallies, etc.

Dates: 3 Wednesdays – October 23, 30, November 6, 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am PDT/PST

Registration Fee: $100

Kit: $12

Kit Description: The kit is a laser-cut, ready-to-work pricking with the pattern sheet, photographs and some instructions.

Students Must Provide: 115 pairs Aurifil 50/2 + Cotton Perle 8, 4mm sequins, and usual bobbin lace supplies.

Second Camera: Required

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Milanese Continuing Beginners Swirly Heart

Instructor: Claire Bonito

Course Description: This is a follow-on course to the Beginners Braids and the Milanese Flame courses. In this piece you will learn how to start at a point and add new pairs to the center of the braid. You will then work a more advanced Braid (Figure of Eight), learning how to manipulate the braid to work it around a curve, and how to work and tension a braid that uses turning stitches. You will then finish at a point and roll back with a Withof roll, learning how to work a tapered roll in order to use pairs in the next section. You will then work a different braid, learning how to manage curves using blind pins. You will also learn the difference between top/bar and side/edge sewings and work a ten stick/rib too.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: You should be able to confidently work cloth stitch, half stitch, and cloth stitch and twist. It is recommended that you will have completed the Beginners Braids and the Flame courses.

Dates: 3 Thursdays – November 7, 14, and 21, 2024

Time: 9 am – 12 noon PST

Registration Fee: $100

Kit: $7

Kit Description: A pattern pack with instructions, working diagrams, and prickings in 2 sizes pre-printed onto card will be sent via mail.

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Milanese Cherries

Instructor: Claire Bonito

Course Description: This sweet pair of cherries builds upon skills learned in the Milanese beginners courses (braids, flame, swirly heart, little bud) and includes a few extra skills to build your knowledge to transfer to working other Milanese designs.

We will refresh skills for starting and working a scroll, using the positioning of the rolled edge to add extra dimension to the piece. We will also discuss and practice adapting a braid to suit a design or shape in a lace pattern.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Students should have some Milanese experience and/or have completed the beginners (braids, flame, swirly heart, little bud) classes.

Dates:
2 Tuesdays – November 12, 19, 2024   Register
OR
2 Tuesdays – December 3, 10, 2024   Register

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PST

Registration Fee: $75

Kit: $17

Kit Description: The pattern pack includes instructions, working diagrams, the pricking pre-printed onto card, and the specific red and green threads. (Students not in North America can buy the pack from the UK. We will contact you with instructions.)

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required


Milanese Continuing Beginners Little Bud

Instructor: Claire Bonito

Course Description: This is a follow-on course to the Milanese Flame and Milanese Swirly Heart courses. This pattern starts with a scroll and continues with a Meander braid, new techniques for working around a curve, blind pins and joining sections at an angle. There’s even a little Withof hole.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: You should be able to confidently work cloth stitch, half stitch, and cloth stitch and twist. It is recommended that you will have completed the Milanese Flame and Swirly Heart courses.

Dates: 3 Thursdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 2025

Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon PST

Registration Fee: $100

Kit: $7

Kit Description: A pattern pack with instructions, working diagrams, and prickings in 2 sizes pre-printed onto card will be sent via mail. For students in the UK or Europe, please email VirtualWorkshops@thelacemuseum.org to coordinate purchasing the pack directly from Claire.

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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A 12-Hour Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Instructor: Karen Thompson
Assistant: 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 already learned. Each session is preceded by a 45-60 minute practice session that covers 2-camera setup, kit contents and how to wind bobbins before class.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Registration Fee: $85

Curriculum: The curriculum is included in the price of the class, but please add it to your cart so we can ship and track it correctly.

Kit: $85 All supplies are available in a kit OR you can use your own bobbin lace tools.

Note: If current sessions are full, please fill out this form.

Workshop Dates: 4 Tuesdays – June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 2024
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT
Practice for this session: Tuesday, May 28 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT
Instructor: Claire Bonito
Assistant: Joan Brash
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Workshop Dates: 4 Sundays – July 14, 21, 29, August 4, 2024
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT
Practice for this session: Sunday, July 7 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT
Instructor: Kim Davis
Assistant: Joan Brash
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If you have the time but not the funds to pursue the heritage art of making your own lace with bobbins and threads, here is a solution.

The Lace Museum is offering one scholarship for supplies per Introduction to Bobbin Lace online workshop session. To apply for the scholarship, write a paragraph (250 words or less) explaining why you would like to learn this skill and email it to lacemuseum@gmail.com.

Internet connection is necessary for the workshop.


Skill Building Workshops for Bobbin Lace

Instructor: Karen Thompson

Course Description: A 2-session Just Beyond the Basics class and eight or more mostly 1-session Skill Building classes in Torchon lace follow the 12-Hour Introduction to Bobbin Lace. Different skills or different combinations of techniques are taught in each class.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Detailed Descriptions and Currently Available Dates:  Click Here