What is your primary lace interest? Check more than one.
lace maker, lace teacher
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
I make Torchon, Bucks Point, Flanders, Paris, Binche, Brugge Flower and contemporary though I know some others for teaching beginners.
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
Always interested in new techniques.
Tell us more about your lace interests.
I began lace making in 1972 at a night class in Yorkshire and then, after moving to Scotland, at the College of Craft Education Summer Schools in Leeds with Margaret Tite then Kath King. Since 1983 I have had the privilege of learning annually with Anne Marie Verbeke in Brugge. Since doing the City and Guilds Part 1 I became enthralled by colour and texture, often working in larger scale. I really enjoys the contrasts between the fine and white to colour, texture, wire, etc. I teach lace around Scotland and the north of England doing weekend courses for lace groups. A friend and I have been running the Edinburgh Lace Course annually since 1981, see http://www.edinburghlacecourse.co.uk.
For the last five years have had the enjoyment of teaching in the Alps for Jackie Roger’s Alpine Experience, see http://www.book4alps.com
Last year I taught at the British Lace Guild summer school and have been booked again for 2014.
Since 1999 I have been a member of the Westhope group, a group of lacemakers who work to promote contemporary lace by making and exhibiting textile art, more details can be found at http:www.westhopegroup.co.uk
Thank you for accepting me as a friend, I am a bit wary of web groups but I saw you had joined Laceioli and I love looking at all the work. I added a picture of the piece Roses by Kumiko Nakazaki from the Mille Fleurs collection to the site which I have actually just finished so will be posting a picture probably next week once I have mounted it. I know there is one glaring mistake but apart from that I am quite pleased with it. Did you run a course in York at some point as I am sure that is the one I was told about.
The States is a bit far but I will have a look at the Nottingham and Edingburgh sites.
I started lacemaking about 25 years ago going to evening classes for a couple of years (I was about 18 at the time!), I continued making mostly Torchon and a bit of Bucks Point but had picked up a pattern of Binche Riverside by Grace Jones Which I have over the years mislaid. I probably stopped making in about 1995 but last year set myself the challenge of entering a local show which had a hand craft section. Remembering the piece I lost, I had bought the Binche syllabus 1 at the same time (why didn't they stay together?!) so I made some sample strips. I love books and had managed to get the second syllabus from the states and in correspondence with Maria she suggested the Flanders book which I duly obtained and worked through a few pieces, but I was really keen to get going on the Roses piece so just went for it. Where I will struggle is pieces which need joining everything I have done so far has been a strip! Which is why I think it would be good to see a start and finish and talk through starting places with another Binche lacemaker.
Do you always plait the start, I did for the roses piece but I don't like it particularly?
I love the pictures you have been adding recently, I true inspiration!
Have a lovely day and I look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, and how the software works. Join any groups that interest you. Post some photos of your best lace. (We would especially enjoy seeing your Binche, Flanders, Brugge Flower lace, and Bucks point, since we see too little of those forms.) Take some time to explore our site. If you have any questions, contact me and I'll try to help.