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.


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)


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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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.

Level: Continuing Beginner / Intermediate

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

Dates: 5 Thursdays – Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021

Times: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

Second Device: Not Required

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Carrickmacross Lace: Cornflower and Grass Design

Instructor: Theresa Kelly

Course Description: Theresa has created an original Carrickmacross Lace design ‘Cornflower and Grass’ for this workshop hosted by The Lace Museum. This workshop is aimed at beginners but also caters for the intermediate lace maker as there will be two patterns available. Theresa will lead you through  the traditional technique of applique, guipure, loops and pops.

Day 1 – Laying down the pattern, tacking and beginner applique.
Day 2 – Guipure work.
Day 3 – Loop edging.
Day 4 – Cutting out excess organdy, netting and pop.

Dates:  4 Thursdays – September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 2021

Times: 9:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $100
Kit Fee:
$25 – Recommended

Students Must Supply: Scissors, a good light source

Second Device: Recommended

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Mastering Your Bolster Pillow

Instructor: Allie Marguccio

Course Description:

Do you have a bolster pillow that you don’t know how to use? In this course, students will learn how to place a pattern on a bolster pillow, what kind of bobbins to use and how to wind them, how to manipulate bobbins in a “palms up” fashion to work in the “open method”, and what to do with bobbins that are not being used. Each student will be given various practice patterns that contain a variety of different skills such as basic cloth stitch tape, adding a pair to create a footside, half stitch, double stitch, plaits and single thread picots. Students will also learn helpful tips regarding tensioning and doing sewings using this type of pillow.

Level: Beginning

Dates: Monday, October 18 and Monday, October 25, 2021

Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific

Supplies: Can be purchased from the teacher at https://www.designsbymarguccio.com/

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Bucks Point for Beginners and Beyond

Instructor: Louise West

Course Description: The class is aimed at newcomers to Bucks Point, and uses the staged learning from Bucks Point Lace Workbook. For anyone who has not tried a point ground lace before, it will start at the very beginning, but with the opportunity to move on a little further if some of the basics have already been learnt previously. The class is suitable for anyone in the early stages of learning Bucks Point, including the early stages of floral Bucks as featured in the later lessons in the book. Complete beginners will start at the beginning of the book, whilst intermediate will have a choice in consultation with Louise before the course. Students will work at their own pace but have the opportunity to move on to the next pattern when they are ready.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Prerequisites: Confident in Torchon lace, and have basic equipment

Dates: 4 Wednesdays – October 27, November 3, 10, and 17, 2021

Times: 9:00 am – 11:15 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

Second Device: Required

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Lace Net Darning Christmas Tree

Instructor: Joan Brash

Course Description: Lace net darning is a name for techniques borrowed from filet, buratto, and similar traditional laces. Most contemporary net darning uses two simple stitches, but Joan has returned to some of the wonderful, intricate filet stitches described by Thérèse de Dillmont in her 1886 Encyclopedia of Needlework. This tree is nearly 10” tall and is made of three different stitches – representing the tree, ornaments, and candles. It is worked in square blocks, so no need to compensate on a curve! You will learn one stitch each session on a practice piece, then will have time to work it into the tree.

Level: Beginner, but some experience with hand stitching is helpful. This class is popular with embroiderers as well as lacemakers.

This workshop is offered in two sessions. Please register for one.

Dates: 3 Mondays, November 1, 8, and 15, 2021 – Register
Times: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

Dates: 3 Saturdays, November 6, 13, and 20, 2021 – Register
Times: 9:30 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Kit: $31 The kit contains soft, square net with basted guidelines, 14” and 4” hoops for the tree and a practice piece, thread, a needle, needle threader, and instructions. Shipping is included.

Second Camera: Required


A Taste of Needle Lace – Holiday Edition

Instructor: Linda Kay Benning

Course Description: Looking for a handmade holiday gift? Join Linda Kay to make a quick needle lace ornament. 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 of this lace technique that is done primarily with a buttonhole stitch. “A Taste of Needle Lace” will introduce you to two fundamental stitches using size 5 Perle Cotton in a holiday color or white. The stitches are single corded Brussels stitch and double corded Brussels stitch. Once mastered, the techniques can be applied to other fiber work.

Level: Beginning

Dates: Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 2021

Times: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Kit: $15, including shipping.  The kit can be purchased here.
The kit includes perle cotton #5 in red and white, a needle and three rings.

Students Must Supply: Scissors, measuring tape

Second Camera: Recommended

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Christmas Dorset Button with Tartan Ribbon

Instructor: Anna McDowell

Course Description: Every year I design a special Dorset Button to celebrate Christmas. This Dorset Button is ideal for anyone who wants to learn a new skill or as a refresher session for those who already know how to make Dorset Buttons. I have designed this special Dorset Button bauble on a 35mm ring using the Cartwheel design and incorporated tartan ribbon at the final stage. Participants have the option to finish their button with a tartan ‘tassel’ if desired.

Level: Beginning

Date: Monday, December 6, 2021

Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific

Kit: $14 – includes a 35 mm ring, yarn, tartan ribbon and a tapestry needle.

Students Must Supply: A sharp ended needle threaded with sewing thread to match the ribbon, and scissors.

Second Camera: Recommended

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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.
August: 4 Wednesdays – August 11,18,25, and September 1, 2021. Workshop is full
October: 4 Sundays – October 3,10,17, and 24, 2021. Workshop is full
October/November: 4 Sundays – October 31, November 7,14, and 21, 2021. Workshop is full
November: Tuesdays and Thursdays – November 9,11,16,and 18, 2021.Workshop is full

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 lacemuseum@gmail.com.

Internet connection is necessary for the workshop.