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 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.

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.


Irish Crochet – Gaggle of Grapes

Instructor: Máire Treanor

Course Description: This workshop will include the popular grape patterns to be released in Máire ‘s next book, “Irish Crochet around the World”. You will learn how to make the grape cluster from Clones Lace, Picot Bigouden, and Merletto di Orvietto. You will also learn the accompanying foliage.

Level: Continuing Beginner, Intermediate

Prerequisite: You must have some practice with crocheting in thread and be able to make a buttony with a straw.

Dates: 6 Tuesdays – January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, and 15, 2022

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $140

Students Must Provide: thread, crochet hook, drinking straw. Máire ‘s preferred thread is Lizbeth. Sizes 10, 20 or 40 are the range most people are comfortable with. Choose a crochet hook that will work well for your thread and tension. If you need help deciding on thread and crochet hook sizes, please email us at virtualworkshops@thelacemuseum.org and we will be happy to help you.

The Picot Bigouden Grappe bullion stitch will be taught with a standard steel crochet hook and a drinking size straw. You are welcome to use a bullion hook if you wish, but it is not necessary.

Second Camera: Not required

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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 – January 12, 19, 26, and February 2, 2022

Times: 9:00 am – 11:15 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Supply: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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An Introduction to Kenmare Lace

Instructor: Nora Finnegan

Course Description: Kenmare Lace is a needlepoint lace (needle lace). It is made with a needle and thread, but, like with a pencil and paper, these simple tools of lacemaking can create beautiful designs, shapes and forms. Like any artist beginning to explore a craft we must start with the foundational elements. In this course you will receive the tools and obtain the skills to go from creating a simple line drawing (outlining your design) to adding shading and depth (filling with stitches of varying tension) and hopefully, in time, to creating more complex and dynamic work as your level of experience grows. The follow-on class, “Continuing Kenmare Lace,” is scheduled beginning March 2, 2022.

We recommend that even students experienced with other needle laces begin with this introductory class instead of going directly to the more advanced classes. There are distinct characteristics of Kenmare that differ from other traditions and it is best to learn the basics in this style.

In “An Introduction to Kenmare Lace” you will learn

  • A quick way to thread your needle
  • How to tack your two backing cloths together
  • How to lay down the couching thread
  • How to make:
    • Stitch one: Chord stitch
    • Stitch two: Open Brussels point
    • Stitch three: Double (dbl.) Brussels point
    • Stitch four: Edging shell stitch
  • How to join the thread during work
  • How to finish off the work
  • How to remove the lace from the backing cloths.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Dates: 4 Wednesdays – January 12, 19, 26, and February 2, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $80

Kit: $24

Kit Description: The kit contains: Instructions, pattern, matte contact, backing cloth, two needles, thread, pamphlet on Kenmare Lace.

Students Must Provide: Small scissors, Thimble – if you use one, Magnification – if needed, Pen or pencil to take notes. Note sheet supplied at back of kit instructions.

Second Camera: Recommended

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Clones Lace – Masquerade Mask

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: 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 the mask. Handouts will be sent digitally.

Level: Continuing Beginner, Intermediate

Dates: 7 Thursdays – January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2022

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $140

Registration Deadline: January 10

Students Must Provide: Lizbeth thread in 40 for motifs and 80 for the filling would be ideal for this project. You can find Lizbeth Thread here.

Second Camera: Not required

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Lace Identification for Beginners

Instructor: Elizabeth Kurella

Course Description: This class will provide a method for analyzing old lace as found “in the field,” and will focus on the types of lace most often found in family collections of lace in the USA today.  It will present a method of looking at lace to identify how it was made, and how to connect specific features with the most typical names.  In addition to studying pieces from the teacher’s collection, students are invited to send images of up to three pieces from their own collections to be studied in class.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: No experience with lace making or previous knowledge of antique lace is expected.

Dates: 3 Mondays – January 17, 24, and 31, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 12 noon Pacific

Registration Fee: $75

Students Must Provide: Students will need to have a copy of the textbook “Guide to Lace and Linens,” which can be purchased from The Lace Museum.

Second Camera: Not required

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Teneriffe Lace Valentine Heart

Instructor: Joan Brash

Course Description: This class is a good introduction to Teneriffe lace. Students will learn the basic techniques of laying the web, weaving, and making Teneriffe knots. In class we will make the bold, rose-colored pattern on the lower left of the photo. If you wish to learn Teneriffe in order to take Elizabeth Correa’s intermediate class in February, this is a start, but you should have experience with more than just this one piece. The kit includes thread and instructions for all four pictured projects.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Dates:
Friday, January 21, 2022 Sold Out
Saturday, January 22, 2022 Sold Out
Friday, January 28, 2022 Register
Saturday, January 29, 2022 Sold Out

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $45

Kit: $15

Kit Description: The kit includes a custom loom, thread, needles and instructions for all four projects. Shipping is included.

Students Must Provide: Tape measure, sharp scissors, a piece of tape (any kind), optional needle threader.

Second Camera: Recommended


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 Mondays – January 24, 31, February 7, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

Registration Fee:  $75

Students Must Provide: Supply list (pdf)

Second Camera: Required

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Joining Teneriffe Lace Modules 1

Instructor: Elizabeth Correa

Course Description: Students who are experienced making Teneriffe motifs on any type of loom will learn to use wooden Brazilian looms to make three different styles of motifs, with some intriguing new features. There will be time between sessions to master the tension and make several motifs. In the later sessions you will learn to join them with a simple, traditional technique to form a doily, collar, applique for a shirt, or whatever you wish. Everyone will create your own Teneriffe lace piece. We will also talk a little about Sol laces, such as Teneriffe and Ñanduti lace.

This is the same class that Elizabeth taught in July 2021 in conjunction with the IOLI UnCon. A more advanced class with additional joining techniques will be offered in May 2022.

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Prerequisite: Experience making Teneriffe lace motifs. Students should be proficient with laying the web, weaving, and making Teneriffe knots.

Dates: 4 Tuesdays – February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm PST

Registration Fee: $120

Kit: $40

Kit Description: The kit includes six round wooden Teneriffe looms of varying sizes from 4.2 to 8.6 cm.

Students Must Provide: Supplies are listed in this pdf file

Second Camera: Recommended

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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 Wednesdays – February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 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

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Bucks Point Hexagon

Instructor: Holly Van Sciver

Course Description: This course is designed for intermediate students to Bucks Point lace who want to learn how to make and design a Bucks Point hexagon for the first time. Students will learn the design concepts behind hexagons that require the lace maker to orient themselves to a new imaginary footside six times. A follow-on class, where students will learn how to start and end a hexagon invisibly, will be offered in spring.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Students must already know the fundamentals of Bucks Point, i.e. point ground, honeycomb ground, passing the gimp and picots.

Dates: 4 Fridays – February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $140

Kit: $10

Kit Description: The “kit” is a booklet with detailed diagrams and instructions. Please purchase the booklet and any additional supplies directly from Holly by contacting her at vsblace@twcny.rr.com.

Students Must Provide: Please see these two files: Materials (pdf) and Threads (pdf)

Second Camera: Required if you would like feedback during class. If you prefer, you can send a photo of your work to Holly to be reviewed between classes.

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3D Needle Lace Flowers

Instructor: Loretta Holzberger

Course Description: This course is at the beginner level, but experienced needle lacers will also enjoy this project. You will learn 2 to 3 basic needle lace stitches while making wire-edged petals and leaves for 3D roses or tulips. Patterns for both are provided, and the course also includes techniques for putting the flowers together.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Dates: 3 Tuesdays – February 8, 15, and 22, 2022

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $65

Kit: $10

Kit Description: Prepared patterns for roses, tulips and leaves, wire to edge the petals, pink #80 tatting thread to stitch the petals and green for leaves, stem wire and floral tape, stamens for tulip, and instructions. The instructor will mail the kits. Shipping is included.

Students Must Provide: #24 tapestry needle, small sewing needle, sewing thread, scissors, and wire cutters

Second Camera: Recommended

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Historic American Ipswich Bobbin Lace

Instructor: Karen Thompson

Course Description: Ipswich lace is a historic American bobbin lace, based on 22 black silk bobbin lace samples made in Ipswich, MA, in 1789 -1790 and preserved in the Library of Congress with Alexander Hamilton’s papers. Karen has studied the lace samples in detail and made patterns and working diagrams for each of these historic samples and published them in “The Lace Samples from Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1789-1790“. Each student can choose one of these patterns for the class. They vary in difficulty from relatively simple to quite complex. Common elements include gimp, picots, Kat stitch (Paris) ground, and Honeycomb ground. The samples require from 22 to 45 pairs of bobbins wound with lace thread plus up to 5 pairs of gimp thread. (Most patterns have gimp and picots. Eight of the samples use Kat stitch or Paris ground.)

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Prerequisite: High intermediate to advanced knowledge of continuous bobbin lace techniques is required for this class. Working knowledge of color-coded working diagrams is expected.

Dates: 2 Wednesdays – February 9 and 16, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $81

Kit: Included in registration fee. Each student will receive a printed pricking on light gray 110 lb cardstock, working diagram, and a cover page with an image of the reconstructed lace. Instructions will also be provided for common elements such as how to use a gimp, make a picot, and the Kat stitch/Paris ground.

Students Must Provide: Supply list

Pattern Choice: Ipswich Lace Samples from 1790 (pdf file)

Second Camera: Required

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Antique Lace: Handmade or Machine Made?

Instructor: Elizabeth Kurella

Course Description: This class will provide a method of looking at antique lace to determine if it is handmade or machine made, and will analyze look-alike pieces of specific laces in detail. We will include laces that are especially well known (such as Chantilly), ones that have namesakes that are marketed today (such as Alençon), and some that are likely to show up in family collections (such as Duchesse, Point de Gaze, Battenberg, and Irish Crochet). We will also discuss how price and value are affected by whether a lace piece is handmade or machine made.

Students are invited to send pictures of up to three pieces from their own collections for discussion in the class.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: Some knowledge of antique lace or lace making, such as having taken a previous lace making or lace identification class.

Dates: 3 Mondays – February 21, 28, and March 7, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific

Registration Fee: $75

Students Must Provide: A copy of “Secrets of Real Lace” – available from the instructor – is the textbook for the class.

Second Camera: Not required

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Continuing Bucks Point

Instructor: Louise West

Course Description: This course is aimed at the lace maker who has grasped the basic techniques of Bucks Point – where to start on an edging, the footside and headside techniques, point ground and basic cloth stitch shapes – all the geometric elements of Bucks Point, and now is ready to start learning the floral techniques. These techniques start at pattern 10 in the Bucks Point Lace Workbook. The floral techniques involve adding and throwing out pairs, and trying to avoid holes in the point ground – something that can be challenging as the pattern difficulty increases. Students can be at the start of the floral journey or more advanced and wanting help with individual patterns.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Comfortable with geometric elements of Bucks Point

Dates: 4 Wednesdays – March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 11:15 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $100

Students Must Provide: Supply list will be provided

Second Camera: Required

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Continuing Kenmare Lace

Instructor: Nora Finnegan

Course Description: Kenmare Lace is a needlepoint lace (needle lace). In the first course we created a simple line drawing (outlined a design) and added shading and depth (filled with stitches of varying tension). Following a brief recap of course 1, ‘Introduction to Kenmare Lace,’ in this second course you will learn how to make 6 beautiful stitches. With this knowledge, you will create a sampler of needlepoint stitches which you can draw from for future projects. The follow-on class, “A Kenmare Lace Flower,” is scheduled beginning April 22, 2022.

The course contains the following:

  • Recap of “Introduction to Kenmare Lace”
  • Intermediate stitches:
    • The pop
    • Pea stitch
    • Shell stitch
    • Spanish point
    • Triple Spanish point
    • The diamond
  • Finishing off

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: This course is designed for students who have completed “An introduction to Kenmare Lace” or have achieved beginner level experience in needle lace, including the following stitches:  Couching, the chord stitch, the open Brussels point, the double Brussels point, the edging shell stitch

Dates: 6 Wednesdays – March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

Registration Fee: $120

Kit: $26, includes shipping

Kit Description: Instructions, pattern, matte contact, backing cloth, two needles, thread, pamphlet on Kenmare Lace.

Students Must Provide: Small scissors, thimble – if you use one, magnification – if needed, pen or pencil to take notes. Note sheet supplied at back of kit instructions.

Second Camera: Recommended

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Three-Dimensional Carrickmacross Lace Orchid

Instructor: Theresa Kelly

Course Description: Theresa is delighted to present this new 3D Orchid class. The pattern features traditional lace technique of applique, loops and filling-in stitch. Students should have already mastered the technique of guipure bars, thorns and pops since the pattern includes the techniques of open guipure work and embossed pops.

Day 1: Tacking, beginning appliqué, and loops on petals of Orchid.

Day 2: Open guipure work on petal and making flower buds

Day 3: Filling-in stitch and finish all sewing on the pattern.

Day 4: Sewing together the flower and buds and applying it to a background.

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Prerequisite: This is not a beginning Carrickmacross class. You must have prior experience with appliqué, loops, filling stitches, guipure bars, thorns and pops.

Dates: 4 Thursdays – March 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2022

Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

Registration Fee:  $100

Kit: $25

Kit Description: The kit contains the pattern, netting, organdy, threads, and needles.

Students Must Provide: Scissors, a good light source

Second Camera: Recommended

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Antique Lace: What’s the Value?

Instructor: Elizabeth Kurella

Course Description: This class will provide a method for analyzing old lace as found “in the field,” and evaluating the two sides of value — How good it is? or intrinsic value, and Who cares? or market value. Class will study the features of antique lace pieces, and sources of current prices for old lace.

In addition to studying pieces from the teacher’s collection, students are invited to send images of up to three pieces from their own collections to be studied in class.

Level: Continuing Beginner

Prerequisite: Some knowledge of antique lace or lace making, such as having taken a previous lace making or lace identification class.

Dates: 3 Mondays – March 28, April 4, and 11, 2022

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific

Registration Fee: $75

Second Camera: Not required

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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. 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 – January 23, 30, February 6 and 13, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:30 am – 12:45 pm Pacific
Practice for this sesion: Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am Pacific
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Workshop Dates: 4 Thursdays – January 27, February 3, 10, and 17, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm Pacific
Practice for this session: Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10 am Pacific
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Workshop Dates: 4 Tuesdays – March 29, April 5, 12, and 19, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm Pacific
Practice for this session: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific
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Workshop Dates: Sun. April 24, Sun. May 1, Sat. May 7, and Sun. May 15, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:30 am – 12:45 pm Pacific
Practice for this session: Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am Pacific
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Workshop Dates: 4 Thursdays – April 28, May 5, 12, and 19, 2022
Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm Pacific
Practice for this session: Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific
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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 are at this link.