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, 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.

Clones Lace – Summer Headscarf

Instructor: Máire Treanor

Course Description: This class is for continuing Clones Lace students. The first three classes will begin with leaf motifs translated from Mme. Hardouin by Laura Czegledi.  Add these motifs to flowers, scrolls, shamrocks or figures that you have already made to create a headscarf.

The last three classes will require a second camera, in order to show Máire your work and receive input. In the first of these classes, we will all bring our motifs and work on a layout, then we will have one week to baste everything down. On July 18th we will get individualized feedback from Maire about how to strategically approach our filling. We will then have one month to work on the filling before returning for more feedback and guidance on August 22nd.

  • Week 1: May 16 – 19 La Feuille de Cytise (Laburnum leaf)
  • Week 2: May 30 – 24 La Fougère Légère (Light Fern)
  • Week 3: June13 – 45 Feuille de Chêne avec Glands (Oak Leaf with Acorns)
  • Week 4: July 11 – Bring template and motifs and work on layout
  • Week 5: July 18 – Bring basted motifs and work on filling strategy
  • Week 6: August 22 – Bring work in progress for more input

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Prior classes with Máire Treanor in Clones Lace

Dates: 6 Tuesdays – May 16, 30; June 13; July 11, 18; August 22, 2023

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $120

Students Must Provide: 6-cord thread such as Lizbeth or DMC in sizes (20 motifs/40 filling OR 40 motifs/80 filling), crochet hook, fabric for template, sewing thread, needle, basting pins, scissors. The headscarf template will be emailed after registration.

Second Camera: Required for last three classes. Practice is available.


Beginning Binche

Instructor: Sally Schoenberg

Course Description: Learn the building blocks of Binche and identify them on the color-coded diagram in three patterns of increasing complexity. The pattern for everyone to start with will be a sampler of big snowflakes, small snowflakes and ring pairs. The second one has more ring pairs and adds broken rings and Paris ground. The third throws in everything covered so far and adds cloth stitch areas with inputs and outputs. Tips on safely juggling large numbers of bobbins, starts and ends, and moving lace up on your pillow will be covered.

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Flanders bobbin lace

Dates: 6 Fridays – June 2, 9, 16, 23, July 7, 14, 2023 (skip June 30)

Time: 9 am – 11:15 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $120

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf)

Second Camera: Required


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 Tuesdays – June 6, 13, and 20, 2023

Time: 9 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


Beaded Spiral Dorset Button

Instructor: Anna McDowell

Course Description: I love working beads into my Dorset Buttons as they can add a different dimension to a project. Over the years I have used all sorts of beads from fine semi-precious stone beads and Swarovski crystals right up to handmade beads from Africa and my own handmade paper and clay beads. Any bead can be used to form patterns or even to highlight a pattern in a Dorset Button.

This workshop is designed to look at how to incorporate beads to highlight the pattern known as a Spiral. During the workshop I will explain how to plan your design and work with you on how to place the beads.

Level: Continuing Beginner, Intermediate

Prerequisite: Experience working a Dorset Cartwheel Button. Some knowledge of the Spiral Dorset Button design is an advantage but not necessary.

Date: Monday, June 26, 2023

Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon PDT

Registration Fee: $45

Kit: $14

Kit Description: The kit provides all the materials needed to make one button.

Students Must Provide: Scissors

Second Camera: Recommended


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: 3 Tuesdays – August 1, 8, and 15, 2023

Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT on Aug 1 and 8; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT on Aug 15

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf)

Second Camera: Strongly Recommended


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 Thursdays – September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2023

Time: 9 am – 12 pm PDT

Registration Fee: $120

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf)

Second Camera: Required


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 next several topics are Russian, Duchesse, Burano and Point d’Angleterre laces.

Series 2: Exploring Antique Lace: Elizabeth will share the history, details, stories, and sometimes intrigues of a variety of lace topics. Delve into The Many Lives of Lace, Copycat Lace, How Old Is That Lace? and Fan Leaves.

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 – May 21, 28, June 4 and 11, 2023
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon PDT
Practice for this session: Sunday, May 7 from 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm PDT
Instructor: Kim Davis

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

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