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.

Workshop Registeration: 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 registration if a seat is available and any accompanying kit.
Class Registration: Email lacemuseum@gmail.com

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.


Beginning Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace

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: Beginner

Prerequisite: Basic bobbin lace skills

Dates: 3 Thursdays – August  4, 11 and 18, 2022    Sold Out

Dates: 3 Mondays – November 28 and December 5 and 12, 2022    Register

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Registration Fee:  $75

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required


Continuing Oya Edgings

Instructor: Özden Clow

Course Description:

We will make two very different edgings. First is a loose, flat design worked in long rows moving from section to section (where loose is the tricky part). Second is a three-dimensional flower with a tubular construction and details including leaves and stamens.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Experience with basic Oya knots and simple edgings.

Dates: 3 Mondays – August 8, 15, and 22, 2022

Time: 9:30-12:00 am PDT

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Provide:

  • Lizbeth thread size 40: two contrasting colors (black/dark blue not recommended)
  • A cotton handkerchief
  • A needle to match the thread, such as long cotton darning, millinery/straw size 3, tapestry or embroidery
  • Fine embroidery scissors.

Register


Beginning Zwirnknöpf Buttons

Instructor: Karen Smock

Course Description: In this class, we will be making 2 beginner Zwirnknöpf buttons. One will be three colors and the other will be four colors. Zwirnknöpf buttons have been made in Eastern Europe for hundreds of years, and you can build on the basic techniques to make exquisite designs. These buttons make wonderful pendants, earrings, brooches and, when larger, wall hangings. Please join us to explore these amazing buttons!

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit: $17

Kit Description: The kit will contain two rings, pearl cotton, and a tapestry needle. The instructions will be emailed to you the week before the class. Please print them before class starts.

Students Must Provide: Scissors, pencil, and a little beeswax.

Second Camera: Not required

Register


Clones Lace – Fall Figures

Instructor: Máire Treanor

Course Description:

This fall we will focus on figures and animals.  We will study several of Maire’s original designs, Mdme Hardouin’s butterfly and two other surprise guest designers.

Level: Improver

Prerequisite: Clones Lace – Beginner

Dates: 7 Tuesdays – Sep. 13, 27, Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8, 29 and Dec. 13, 2022

Times: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Week 1: September 13th – Bee and butterfly
Week 2: September 27th – Hardouin butterflies
Week 3: October 11th – Dragonflies
Week 4: October 25th – Turtle
Week 5: November 8th – Frog
Week 6: November 29th – Lizard
Week 7: December 13th  – Angel 2

Registration Fee: $140

Students Must Provide: 10 or 20 6 cord thread such as Lizbeth or DMC and crochet hook

Second Camera: Not required

Register


Oya Chrysanthemum

Instructor: Victoria Ong

Course Description: Create a beautiful layered Chrysanthemum for Fall using Turkish Oya techniques. In this class you will learn how to create tiny petals as you work in the round to create the petal layers for the flower.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: Must have some experience with a beginner course or experience with creating the double knot in Turkish Oya.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Registration Fee: $50

Students Must Provide: Sharp scissors, Size 18 tapestry needle, and two colors of Lizbeth #10 thread.

Second Camera: Recommended

Register


Now What?!

Instructor: Josée Poupart

Course Description: You’ve got a good basis in Torchon or guipure (such as Cluny or Bedfordshire) lace, and you want to embark on a new piece. Now what?! This class is structured around supporting your journey through your new lace piece. You identify the pattern to work on, and we will discuss how to start, how to finish, and various tips related to the project itself. The class size is small to allow enough time for discussion and creating your own specific notes. The first three sessions are weekly and the last three biweekly to give you a chance to progress between classes. This class is a new format for the Lace Museum; we look forward to seeing what you think. 

The teacher is fluent in both English and French. La professeure parle couramment le français et l’anglais.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Have a good basis in Torchon or guipure (such as Cluny or Bedfordshire) lace. Be comfortable creating your own notes; there are no handouts. (If you have been taking our Torchon classes, you would need to have completed many of the skill-building classes.)

Dates: Fridays, September 23, 30, October 7, 21, November 4, and 18, 2022 (three weekly, then biweekly)

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PDT (PST for last)

Registration Fee: $120

Students Must Provide:

  • A pattern you want to work on: Torchon or guipure (such as Cluny or Bedfordshire) lace
  • Thread you want to use
  • Usual lacemaking material
  • Access to the following reference books would be beneficial
    • “The Beginning of the End,” by Ulrike Löhr
    • “Invisible,” by Martina Wolter-Kampmann

Second Camera: A suspended camera is good, but the ability to email the teacher images of your work during class is preferable.

Register


The Bedfordshire Butterfly: an Interdisciplinary Adventure in Three Lace Techniques

Instructor: Holly Van Sciver

Course Description:

Made in five separate pieces, students will learn elements of 3 different lace techniques in one pattern that include Honiton, Bedfordshire and Cluny laces….a three for one! The body of the Butterfly uses Honiton techniques including starting at a point, working up the edge, the four-pin bud, working with and crossing the coarse thread, making a divided trail and ending at a point. The lower and upper wings use techniques from Bedfordshire and Cluny lace that include the Bedfordshire and Cluny joins, crossing trails, Bedfordshire circles, adding and deleting pairs, leaves, picots, cloth stitch trails and footside techniques, plus pattern interpretation, design, and the use of color. A bonus discussion on how to use this pricking with Honiton Fillings will also be discussed. The pattern was redrafted by Holly Van Sciver from a traditional pattern published by Pamela Nottingham.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: This class is ideal, but not limited to, continuing students of Bedfordshire or Cluny. No prior Honiton experience is necessary, just sound bobbin lace fundamentals.

Dates: 8 Thursdays – September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, and 17, 2022 (24 hours of class time)

Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $280

Kit Description: A 16-page booklet including the pattern and describing and diagramming the techniques used will be available for purchase for $14 directly from Holly at https://www.vansciverbobbinlace.com/.

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf)

Second Camera: Not required. Students will be offered the opportunity to send close-up photographs of their work to be critiqued between classes.

Register


Let’s Get Started Designing Torchon Patterns

Instructor: Karen Thompson

Course Description: This class is for anyone who is interested in learning how to construct a Torchon pricking with a corresponding color-coded working diagram. We will start with the very basics by making a pricking and a color-coded working diagram from an existing Torchon lace sample. Then we will move on to making fans and corners, and explore how to make changes to an existing Torchon pattern to create your own unique pattern. We will also discuss thread sizes relative to the pricking.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Torchon lace is expected, such as the Half Stitch (CT), Linen Stitch (CTC), and Whole Stitch (CTCT). Students should have a basic understanding of the structure of Torchon lace and a desire to construct their own patterns.

Dates: 4 Wednesdays – October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022

Time: 9:00 – 12:15 PDT

Registration Fee: $125

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf)

Second Camera: Strongly Recommended

Register


Continuing Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace 2

Instructor: Elizabeth Peterson

Course Description: The Continuing Beds class 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 lace making skills.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Intermediate level Bedfordshire lace, such as Elizabeth’s “Continuing Bedfordshire 1” class.

Dates: 4 Mondays – October 17, 24, 31, and November 7, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

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

Second Camera: Required

Register


The Many Faces of Lace
Exploring Antique Lace

Studies in Antique Lace with Elizabeth Kurella

Elizabeth Kurella is offering two series of monthly classes covering a wide variety of topics in antique lace. Classes are interactive and often Elizabeth invites students to send photos from their collections ahead of time so they can be included in the class discussion

Series 1: The Many Faces of Lace: Elizabeth will discuss a different well-known lace each month, focusing on its evolutions and revolutions in style and technique. Some stories span 40 years and others 400 years. The first several topics are English Honiton Bobbin Lace, The Wit and Whimsy of Milanese Bobbin Lace, Point de Gaze Needle Lace, and Rosaline Bobbin Lace.

Series 2: Exploring Antique Lace: Elizabeth will share the history, details, stories, and sometimes intrigues of a variety of lace topics. Delve into A Century of Lace Collecting, Two Centuries of Lace Lappets, How Machines Made Lace, and Normandy Lace – Preserving Memories with Bits of Lace.

Duration: One session of two hours per topic.

Registration Fee: $25 per class or four for $80

Detailed Descriptions, Dates, Times and Registration:  Click Here 


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: $75
Kit: $75 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 Sundays – July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:30 am – 12:45 pm PDT
Practice for this session: Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am PDT
Sold Out

Workshop Dates: 4 Thursdays – August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm PDT
Practice for this session: Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT
Sold Out

Workshop Dates: 4 Sundays – October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:30 am – 12:45 pm PDT / PST
Practice for this session: Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am PDT
Register

Workshop Dates: 4 Wednesdays – November 2, 9, 16, 30, 2022 (skip Thanksgiving week)
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm PDT / PST
Practice for this session: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT
Register

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