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: 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.

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


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

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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

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Point de Gaze Needle Lace

Instructor: Loretta Holzberger

Course Description: This class will cover many of the needle lace stitches and techniques that were used in Point de Gaze style needle lace. They were combined to produce a very light and gauzy lace because very fine threads were used, and the net used in the background was not buttonholed or whipped. Students will have the choice of working with finer threads, or heavier ones depending on eyesight and experience.

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

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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

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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

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New Patterns in Chrysanthemum Lace

Instructor: Sylvia Fellows

Course Description: Chrysanthemum lace is a wonderful free lace that can be a stepping stone for beginners looking to venture beyond continuous laces. For the advanced students it can be a resting project for the sake of creating something unusual and beautiful. Students will learn the basics of Chrysanthemum lace-making; including the pivot pin and the split spider stitch. There will be a choice of patterns from Sylvia’s original designs.

Dates: Saturday, May 1 and Saturday, May 8, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm Pacific (lunch from 12:00 – 1:00)
Registration Fee: $80

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Modern Grounds in Bobbin Lace

Instructor: Michèle Kelly


Course Description: Back by popular demand: More of Michèle’s Modern Grounds. You can choose from old favorites such as Chiup or Rickrack or one of her new projects. There will be a variety of patterns from basic to more complex with prickings sent to participants by email or postal mail.

Note: Michèle’s book,, Using Modern Grounds, and her designs featured in ornament kits are available in our shop. The book and the ornaments are not required for the workshop.

Dates: 4 Sundays – May 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am Pacific

Materials Provided by Students: Bobbin lace supplies. Patterns were designed with Linen 80/3 or 602. Michèle encourages students to work in a medium of their choice and resize the pricking as necessary.

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Carrickmacross Lace

Instructor: Theresa Kelly

Course Description: Theresa Kelly presents a beginner/intermediate workshop in Carrickmacross Lace using traditional techniques of guipure, applique, loops and pops. The fact that Carrickmacross Lace is one of the few remaining handmade appliqué laces made in Ireland today is testament to its beauty and vitality. As an appliqué lace, it is a relatively fast lace to learn and to produce. Theresa shares her talent and knowledge to allow students to replicate the beauty of flowers using this intricate lace style.  The workshop includes two patterns (one which will be completed during the 4-day workshop) and a detailed step-by-step instruction pack. The workshop aims to give the student a good grounding in the tradition, enabling them to read a Carrickmacross Lace pattern themselves. We also have a book on Carrickmacross Lace available in our online store but it is not required for the workshop.

Dates: 4 Thursdays: May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am Pacific
Registration Fee: $100
Workshop Kit: $28 plus $5 shipping. Kit contains everything below EXCEPT the lace scissors and lamp

Mandatory Equipment:
– lace scissors with one side rounded and other pointed
– a pointed lamp that can focus on their work
– size 10 or 12 good quality sewing needle
– crochet cotton 60 thread – white
– Coates cotton 50 sewing thread or similar – white
– tracing paper
– cotton organdy 20cm²
– nylon netting (veil netting which is finer) 20cm²
– straight pins
– tissue like kitchen roll

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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.

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Sprang – Beginners

Instructor: Carol James

Course Description: This class will teach you the basic skills needed to fill the prerequisite for the “Sprang Lace” class being taught during UnCon2.0 in July. The kit is required and will have everything you need for class. The frame will come pre-warped. We will cover the basic interlinking stitch, several finishing techniques, how to warp your loom, as well as a variety of surface design techniques. 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]

Dates: 5 Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2021
Time: 12 noon – 2:00pm Pacific
Registration Fee: $125
Kit: Kit is mandatory and an additional $80
Additional Materials Provided by Student: Pencil, paper, and scissors

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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
Workshop Kit: $25

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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.