Due to the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, our workshops will be presented online until further notice . All workshops will take place via Zoom unless otherwise noted. You may 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.

If you are out of work and cannot afford the registration fee, please apply for a grant.

Register by Shopify or email: 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.

Future Sessions: If you would like to let us know about your interest in attending future sessions of previous workshops or brand new topics, please fill out our form here.

Designing Torchon Bobbin Lace

Instructor: Karen Thompson

Course Description: This class is for anyone who is interested in learning how to construct a Torchon pricking and 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 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. Basic knowledge of Torchon lace is expected, such as the Half Stitch, CT, Linen Stitch, CTC, and Whole Stitch, CTCT. Edges and motifs will be discussed.

Dates: 4 Thursdays – April 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 12:20pm Pacific
Registration Fee: $125

Technical: To get the most out of this virtual class, each student will benefit from having two devices available: 1) a laptop, desktop, tablet or iPad for watching the demonstrations and 2) a smaller device with a camera, such as a phone mounted above the work surface to show your work to get feedback from the teacher.

Supplies provided by student:

  • Graph paper 5 mm (or larger)
  • Plain note paper
  • Mechanical or regular pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored fine-tip pencils or markers in black, red, green, and blue or purple
  • Paper scissors
  • Clear, matte adhesive tape
  • Clear ruler (optional: protractor, compass, flexible ruler, and triangle)
  • Small mirror without a frame for constructing corners


Clones Lace: an Irish Crochet – Beginners

Instructor: Máire Treanor
Máire lives in Clones, Ireland and has been researching and designing Clones Irish Crochet Lace since the late 1980s. Her book ‘Clones Lace: the story and patterns of an Irish Crochet’ is available in our online shop but is not required for this workshop.

Course Description: During the three sessions, beginners will learn basic skills: single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, chain, the Clones knot and how to use packing cord. After this instruction, students will be able to join the improvers’ classes.

Dates: Mon. April 12, Wed. April 14 and Fri. April 16, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific
Registration Fee: $60
Workshop Kit: $25


Clones Lace: an Irish Crochet – Two Collars

Instructor: Máire Treanor

Course Description: This workshop is for anyone who has learned the basic stitches of Clones Lace covered in the beginner class with Máire: single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, chain, the Clones knot and how to use packing cord We will explore a new motif each week which will come together as two different collars.
Week 1: Rose square
Week 2: Shamrock square
Week 3: Mitred filling
Week 4: Joining and edging.
Week 5: Motifs for 2nd collar
Week 6: More motifs
Week 7: Clones knot filling
Week 8: Edging and ties

Dates: 8 Tuesdays – April 20 and 27, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, June 8 and 15, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific
Registration Fee: $150
Materials student must provide:
– 3 balls of #40 thread and 1 ball of #80 thread
– Hooks: .75mm for the 40 thread and .5 or .6mm for the 80 thread


Point de Gaze Needle Lace

Instructor: Loretta Holzberger

Course Description: Coming soon

Dates: 6 Wednesdays: April 21 and 28, May 5,12,19 and 26, 2021
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm Pacific
Registration Fee: $100


Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace – Beginning

Instructor: Elizabeth Peterson

Course Description:

Bedfordshire lace comes from the English Midlands area and the town of Bedfordshire. It is characterized by trails with leaves, plaits and picots and a “9-pin” edge. It is in the Guipure family of bobbin lace. It is commonly known as “Beds” lace.

Class 1 is a bookmark made with plaits, picots and leaves. The connections are made with a windmill crossing. The end is a tail with half hitch knots around the threads.

Class 2 is a choice of 2 small circles. They both contain a middle trail. Leaves will “bounce” off the trail. There are plaits and picots that connect with a windmill crossing. The “9-pin” edge has a point and we will learn how to make that look nice.

Class 3 has 2 choices of small circles also. The larger one has a scallop edge with 2 passives pairs leaving the edge to make the leaves and then returning to join the next scallop. We can use “magic threads” to start the inside ring of plaits and picots to make the join with no visible knots and threads.

The smaller circle needs an invisible add of 2 pairs (done 3 times) in the trail to make the center flower of leaves. There will be a 6 pair crossing in the middle to join. After the final leaves are made and work to the trail there is an invisible discard of the 2 pairs. Magic threads can be used to join the inside ring of plaits and picots.

Dates: 3 Saturdays: April 24, May 1 and May 15, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific
Registration Fee: $60


Bedfordshire Bobbin Lace – Continuing

Instructor: Elizabeth Peterson

Course Description: The continuing Beds workshop will have more patterns that include additional techniques. Pattern pages will be sent to students to make a choice of pattern for the class.

Dates: 5 Saturdays: April 24, May 1, May 15, May 22 and May 29, 2021
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm Pacific
Registration Fee: $100


A Touch of Needle Lace

Instructor: Linda Kay Benning

Course Description: Needle Lace has been made for centuries using thread so fine you need magnification to examine it. That is not an easy way to understand the basics. In this beginning Needle Lace workshop, you will learn two fundamental stitches with a size 5 perle cotton so you can easily see where your needle needs to go. The two stitches taught in this project are Single Corded Brussels and Double Corded Brussels. Once mastered, the stitch techniques can be applied to other fiber work.

Dates: Sat. May 22 and Sun. May 23, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific
Registration Fee: $40
Kit: Kit is mandatory and an additional $15.
Registration Deadline: May 10 so kit and handouts can be mailed.


12-Hour Introduction to Bobbin Lace workshop

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.

Dates: Current sessions are full. If you’re interested in a future session, please fill out this form.
February: Tue. Feb 16, Thurs. Feb 18, Tue. Feb 23, and Thurs. Feb 25 Workshop is full
March: Sat. March 20, Sun. March 21, Sat. March 27 and Sun. March 28 Workshop is full
April: Sat. April 10, Sun. April 11, Sat. April 17 and Sun. April 18 Workshop is full
May: Mon. May 3, Wed. May 5, Mon. May 10 and Wed. May 12 Workshop is full
June: Tues. June 8, Thurs. June 10, Tues. June 15, and Thurs. June 17 Workshop is full
Time: All sessions are 9:00 – Noon Pacific

Registration Fee: $75
Kit: $75 All supplies are available in a kit OR you can use your own bobbin lace tools.

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 l[email protected].

Internet connection is necessary for the workshop.

Workshop Policies


Students must have teacher approved tools and materials for each workshop. Some teachers offer a kit or supplies directly to students. Some teachers may recommend a kit or supplies through The Lace Museum. If you have your own supplies or would like to purchase them elsewhere, you will need to check with the teacher to make sure you are fully prepared.


Some, but not all, workshops may be recorded by The Lace Museum and made available only to students in that workshop. Creation of a recording is subject to approval by all participants and will be deleted a few weeks after each session.

Students may view the recording but may not download it to their own devices for any purpose. Students may not record any workshop session on their own device for any reason. Violators of this policy may be restricted from participating in future Lace Museum Workshops and Classes.

Cancellation and Refunds

Payment for class is due at the time of registration to hold your place. If the workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, a full refund will be given.

If you wish to cancel, your request must be submitted in writing either in person, through the U.S. mail, or in an email addressed to [email protected].

After receiving your written request for cancellation, The Lace Museum will offer a full refund should another paid student come forward either through a wait list or regular registration. A 50% refund will be given if there are more than six students in a class, but your space cannot be filled. Refunds will be made by check from The Lace Museum.