Workshops

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.

Resources for Successful Online Learning: We have a page describing the electronic device(s) you will 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.

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

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


Torchon Bobbin Lace – Continuing

Instructor: Michèle Kelly

Course Description: This class is designed for students who have learned basic bobbin lace with one of our teachers, or elsewhere, and want to continue building their Torchon Skills. Other patterns are available upon request.

Dates: 4 Sundays – June 6, 13, 20 and 27 2021

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific

Materials Provided by Students: Basic bobbin lace supplies (pillow, 44 bobbins , pins, pin cushion, pricker, pusher/puller, cover cloth, bobbin minder). Students may work in Lizbeth 20 OR Lizbeth/DMC 80.

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Clones Lace: an Irish Crochet – Beginners

Instructor: Máire Treanor

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. This class fills the prerequisite for the Clones Lace class offered during the July UnCon2.0.

Dates: Tues. June 22, Thurs. June 24 and Tues. June 29, 2021

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific

Registration Fee: $60

Kit Fee: $25

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Clones Lace: an Irish Lace – Handbag

Instructor: Máire Treanor

Course Description: Beginners will learn the Irish Wild Rose, the Clematis, filling stitches such as a simple chain filling, the Clones knot filling and a simple edging. More advanced students will learn a more advanced style of purse and edging.

Prerequisites: Experience making Clones lace, preferably one of Máire’s beginning classes

Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, July 26, 28, 30, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

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This workshop is offered in partnership with IOLI. It is also open to the public.


First Knitted Lace Workshop: The Ophidian Shawl

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Course Description: This perfect first lace project is a triangle shawl in either fingering or dk-weight yarn that sets up the top-down structure in easy garter stitch after my favorite tab start. Soon a lovely textured lace pattern emerges, embellished with beads. We cover the basics of chart reading and discuss intuitive ways to increase accuracy and speed in your lace knitting. The crochet hook add-as-you-go bead method is the beading method used.

Prerequisites: Basic knitting and purling, basic lace stitches such as yarn overs and decreases, casting on and binding off.

Dates: Monday, July 26, 2021

Times: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $45

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

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This workshop is offered in partnership with IOLI. It is also open to the public.


Refreshing Lier Lace for Advanced Students

Instructor: Greet Rome-Verbeylen

Course Description: Lier Laces are pieces of art that are exclusively tamboured with a hook in chain stitch made on a cotton bobbinet tulle. In this class you can make a sign of the Zodiac in Lier Lace as a gift to yourself, or to a friend or relative. The patterns were designed by Martine Bruggeman, and the sample in the photo was made by Marie-Louise Moens.

Prerequisites: You must already have experience making Lier lace; this class is not for beginners.

Dates: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday July 27, 29, 31, 2021

Times: 8:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

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This workshop is offered in partnership with IOLI. It is also open to the public.


Tat Up a Winter Wonderland

Instructor: Natalie Rogers

Course Description: It’s Christmas in July! Stir up warm feelings for the holidays by tatting up a cute collection of festive jewelry. Start off with sparkling Christmas trees dotted with shining bead ornaments topped with the perfect little star. Next, reflect upon one of the season’s beloved stories, the Nutcracker, by replicating a delicate ballerina ready to perform “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” her arms held up high as she balances on her pointed toe. Finally, for all of us with a sweet tooth, we have a twisted lace pattern to make a delectable candy cane. Discover how to make them yourself as you learn and practice the following techniques: Split Rings, Treble Tatting Stitch, Vapour Stitch, Two-Color Ring, and Spiral Twist!

Prerequisites: Experience with basic tatting

Dates: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, July 27, 29, 31, 2021

Times: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

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This workshop is offered in partnership with IOLI. It is also open to the public.


Lace and Bead Color Study: The Laurien Shawl 

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Course Description: The Laurien Shawl, a luxuriously wide triangle shawlette that is worked from the neck down, calls for two different bead colors. We learn about the interesting dimensional, reflective, and other properties that beads bring to knitted lace, with the added complexity of using two bead colors together. The crochet hook add-as-you-go bead method is the beading method used.

Prerequisites: Basic knitting and purling, basic lace stitches such as yarn overs and decreases, casting on and binding off. 

Dates: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Times: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $45

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

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This workshop is offered in partnership with IOLI. It is also open to the public.


Diamond Fantasy Shawl

Instructor: Sivia Harding

Course Description: Hone your lace knitting skills while immersing yourself in the fascinating rhythm of this tip-to-top diamond lace triangle shawl with a garter stitch sawtooth lace edging worked at the same time as the inner mesh lace. This shawl has finessed finishing details including attached I-cord and short row shaping. The crochet hook add-as-you-go bead method is introduced as an ideal embellishment for lace. This is a great project for beginning and experienced lace knitters alike.

Prerequisites: Students need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and perform basic lace stitches such as yarn overs and decreases. Some lace knitting experience and comfort with chart reading recommended.

Dates: Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31, 2021

Times: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $75

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

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This workshop is offered in partnership with IOLI. It is also open to the public.


Turkish Needle Lace (Igne Oya) Forget Me Not Flower Ring

Instructor: Victoria Ong

Course Description: In this workshop, Victoria will teach intermediate/advanced users how to create a forget me knot flower ring. Alternating between two needles will be required and is therefore best for participants familiar with the basics of knotted lace. Learning Points:

  • Working with Two Needles
  • Working in the Round to Create Buds
  • Creating a Ring Band
  • Assembling the Ring

Dates: Monday, August 23, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon Pacific

Registration Fee: $45

Kit Fee: $10

Students Must Supply: Sharp scissor (Fiskar brand recommended)

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Teneriffe Butterfly

Instructor: Joan Brash

Course Description: Teneriffe is an easy, portable lace made of knots and weaving. Students will learn all the basic techniques with this butterfly pattern. The kits include a custom loom, thread, needles and instructions, and are available in blue/purple, pink/purple, golden/green, and white. The instructor will contact you to make your color choice after registration.

Dates: Choose one
Sunday, September 26, 2021 – Register
Monday, September 27, 2021 – Register

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration Fee: $35

Kit Fee: $16

Students Must Supply: Tape measure, sharp scissors, a piece of tape (any kind)


This is one of three projects which the student can choose from. Email us for pictures of others.

Needle Lace in the Alençon Tradition

Instructor: Loretta Holzberger

Course Description: Alençon needle lace is one of the most complex created. It features lots of lacy elements, uses very fine thread to make it delicate, and most of the stitches are worked as twisted stitches with a whipped return. Many edge feature picots that are made over horsehair. This class is an opportunity to learn and practice several of the most used stitches and techniques in a sampler and start a small project. Two project designs are contemporary flowers and a third combines several design elements from an antique lace edging, and a fourth is a very small one with traditional design elements. We will practice with heavier threads and each student can choose the thread size for her project.

Dates: 6 Tuesdays – September 28 through November 9, 2021. One week, as yet to be determined, will be taken off toward the middle.

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $120

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Sprang Basic + Lace

Instructor: Carol James

Course Description: This class will teach you the basic skills of sprang. We will cover the basic interlinking stitch, several finishing techniques, how to warp your loom for flat warp and also for circular warp, as well as a variety of surface design techniques. In the final few sessions we will explore several lace stitches, including edge stitches, ropes, and doubles. Class time will be divided between theory and supported practice. 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.

Dates: 8 Wednesdays – Sept 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17, 2021

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $160

Kit: $80
The kit is required and will have everything you need for class. The frame will come pre-warped. We have a supplier of the kit in the UK if anyone prefers to have it shipped from there. Please email for information: [email protected]

Additional Materials Provided by Student: Pencil, paper, and scissors

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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.

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.