Basic (New Lacemaker): No experience with making lace.

Beginner: Knowledge of basic technique and materials.

Intermediate: Knowledge of basic technique/materials and their use in the technique being taught.

Advanced: Ability to execute simple and difficult elements of technique, plus knowledge of color and design, which will allow for exploration and creativity.

Mixed (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced): Class is suitable for all levels above the basic level.

24 Hour Classes (M T TH F, AM & PM) $350

AD100 18th Century Continental Laces - Advanced (Michael Giusiana)
This class is full.

The 18th century was a period of great turmoil in Europe: The Seven Years' War, the French Revolution, along with incredible achievements in the arts: Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Jane Austen, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was also the height of creative accomplishments in bobbin lace. During this period Binche, Valenciennes, Mechlin and Flanders lace begins to establish themselves as independent laces styles.

Four 18th century narrow laces, one of each of the following: Mechlin, Old Flanders, Binche, and Valenciennes, have been reconstructed and corners designed for each. These pieces will allow students to explore the diverse stitch work found in 18th Century Continental laces, and identify the similarities and differences between these laces. Students will be working from a combination of black line drawings and colored diagrams.

Students may select to work a small sample of each, or focus on only a specific pattern.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to work from technical diagrams and colored drawings. A strong foundation in working Flanders is required.

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AD101 Wire Lace (Beginner to Advanced) (Lauran Sundin)
This class is full.

Although Lauran is a contemporary lace maker and will concentrate primarily on contemporary bobbin lace, the techniques, covered in the class, would benefit the traditional lace maker who wishes to make traditional pieces using wire. These techniques can also be used for larger dimensional sculptural pieces although she will cover small-scale jewelry applications. Lauran will explore two important aspects; focusing on the special methods of working with wire will help the student understand the structural integrity inherent to metal and its potential for dimensional design, emphasis on proper tensioning and the technique of working the wire around the pins, in a systematic manner to achieve precise stitches will be covered in detail. Additionally, she will cover methods for making all those wire ends “disappear.”

Students will make several sample pieces to enable them to understand the following:

Covered in Workshop:

  • Smooth starts and finishes: techniques for making all those wires ends disappear;
  • Even tensioning and accurate procedure in handling bobbins for ground, tallies and cloth stitch;
  • Sizes/ Gauges of wire for different effects and grid sizes;
  • Properties of different kinds of wire: copper, brass, steel, silver and gold and their uses in bobbin lace;
  • Proper ways of “ironing” wire to maintain its strength;
  • Thinking three dimensionally.

    Skill level: Basic bobbin lace skills are required (plaits, cloth stitch and basic torchon ground) but no prior wire working experience is necessary.

    Lauran studied Japanese textiles at the University of Hawaii. Frustrated with the limitation of on loom weaving, she searched for off loom techniques to create dimensional wire jewelry. Eureka! She realized bobbin lace was a method which would allow her to weave in any direction.

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