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.

12 Hour Classes (M T TH F, AM) $175

A501 A Comparison of French Point Ground Techniques —Intermediate to Advanced (Ulrike Voelcker)
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This class will be of interest to those who are experienced in point grounds and who would like to explore the nuances of the French point ground laces - Chantilly, Blonde, and Polychrome Blonde. Students will examine in depth the similarities and differences of these laces. They will study the different techniques and materials, both historical and contemporary as well as those of the different schools. Students will also be introduced to the technical developments of these laces in the 21st century. Studying all of these things will give students a sound foundation for choosing techniques to improve their own lace. Students who wish to continue in the afternoon class will be given a special pricking which will deepen their understanding of what they have learned in the morning theory class.

Ulrike Voelcker is a full time professional lace teacher since 30 years and has written more than 30 books about lace.

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A502 Following the Curve—Logarithmic Lace —Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Jane Atkinson)
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Logarithmic grids are spaced in subtle gradations which allow simple laces to be designed with flowing curves. Learn to use these to your advantage with unique designs that can be decorative, useful and full of movement. New Plotadot grids offer opportunities to create panels, ellipses, and circles filled with elegant pattern, and your tutor has spent considerable time working out how to reveal their best potential. Students will be encouraged to investigate pattern-making, create a design, and plan/sample its interpretation. A kit is required for this class. Cost of kit is $5. Kit includes 16 log grids of various kinds for you to explore. Kits can be purchased in the vending hall.

Jane first investigated the possibilities in log grids (originally used by mathematicians and engineers) more than 30 years ago, and has gained considerable further stimulus from the development of Deborah Robinson’s Plotadot grids – Deborah used her computer to open up a world of extra opportunities.

Jane finds that research and development, for exhibiting and teaching, constantly open new pathways – she hopes her classes help students to see the world differently, as an open source of the inspiration she constantly draws on herself.

The images include seasonal hangings Jane created while playing with log grids for this course last Christmas – she has made log lace in a variety of threads from floss embroidery silk to thick weaving linen.

Jane has taught design for 30 years across the UK, in Europe, the US and Australia, qualified to Cert. Ed. Her teaching is underpinned by but also stimulates constant research and development work, which she exhibits across Europe. Jane is currently collecting for a solo exhibition.

Prerequisites: The ability to make a straight forward Torchon pattern on your own.

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A503 Geometric Tatting Patterns in Color —Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Rosemarie Peel)
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With the aid of photocopied grids and tatting patterns for squares, triangles, hexagons, and circles, students will be shown how tessellation produces some interesting effects.

Rosemarie has run Lacet Publications from her Nuneaton, UK, home, teaching tatting locally since 1985 and in the USA in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Now retired, she is finding time to explore many forms of lace.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to tat a ring with a shuttle.

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A504 Paris Lace—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Helena Fransens)
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Paris lace is a traditional Belgian straight lace characterized by a six-pointed ground. The motifs, usually worked in cloth stitch, are surrounded by gimp. We can find flies and snowflakes as decorative fillings. This class focuses on making Paris lace using a colored diagram. For each skill level there are multiple exercises available. Beginners will begin by learning Paris ground, footside, picots, taking pairs in and out a motif, connecting the ground with the motif, passing the gimp, ending gimp. Intermediate students will learn how to turn a corner in Paris ground, make a curve, add and take out extra pairs, make fillings and decorations in motifs. Students having advanced skills in Paris lace will be challenged by a medallion. They will learn how to start at the top, add and discard extra pairs, and to do the final ending of this project.

Helena has been teaching bobbin lace since 1983 at the government-sponsored lace school for her province in Genk in the northeast corner of Belgium. She teaches many different subjects (Torchon, Gravenmoer, Cluny, Beveren, Paris, Flanders, Rosaline, Contemporary lace, computer design…). Helena loves designing and has published three pattern books. Recently, she published two manuals for using the design program Knipling 3.0. She has been teaching at lace days and IOLI conventions in the U.S. since 1996.

Prerequisite: Strong torchon skills, ability to read a working diagram

Note: Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may join this class in conjunction with the afternoon class P604.

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A505 Lier —Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Greet Rome-Verbeylen) (Greet Rome-Verbeylen)
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Lier Lace is a very elegant lace, made in chainstitches on machine-made net. The use of thicker and finer threads influences the contrast between whiter or more lighter motifs and open or closed fillings.

We start in white and silver.Those experienced in Lier can choose different designs for jewels. You will learn how to make your lace more personal by changing the colour of the thread.

Beginners are strongly advised to take both the morning and afternoon class. Mounting the frame and learning how to make the stitches and handle the hook to ensure they obtain a fine, regular stitch needs a bit of practice.

Note: Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may join this class in conjunction with the afternoon class P604.

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A506 Cantu’ —Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Betty Manfre)
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Coasters, bookmarks, flowers, or figures can be made while learning Cantu' bobbin lace. The techniques included are Classic Cantu' (Venetian Point), Mimosa, Punto Ornato (used in making animals and figures), and Italian Rosaline. The class project will be chosen according to the level of ability and the interest of the individual student. The class is open to beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may join this class in conjunction with the afternoon class P606.

Betty has been a lace maker for 27 years and has been making and designing Cantu lace for 19 years. She has taught Cantu lace at IOLI conventions as well as local lace groups in the USA, Naples Italy, and the French Alps. Her work has been published in the international magazines RAKAM and RICAMO ITALIANO and has won awards the Gorizia, Capodimonte Sul Lago, and Sansepolcro International Lace Exhibits.

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A507 Continuing Flanders/Beginning Binche —Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Kathy Kauffmann)
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Experience for the first time or continue your studies of Belgian laces. Flanders is a Belgian lace with a unique 5-hole ground. It provides an excellent base for any other Belgian lace, especially Binche. Binche is a unique lace that uses elements from Flanders, Paris, and Valenciennes. It is known for the beautiful snowflake grounds and flowing elements. Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may join this class in conjunction with the afternoon class P607.

Kathy has been making lace for more than 35 years with more than 30 years of teaching experience. She began her studies in France and has continued studying with many teachers both in the US and Europe. She has been concentrating on Flanders and Binche for the past several years. Kathy is a former president of OIDFA.

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A508 Honiton and Beginning/ Continuing Bedfordshire, and Lester Lace—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Holly Van Sciver)
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Bedfordshire Students: All are welcome in this truly interdisciplinary course. Beginning Bedfordshire students will learn techniques for Beds and Cluny braids, trails, leaves, picots, joins, crossings, nine pin and footside techniques. Continuing Beds students will learn Beds and Cluny crossing and joining trails, trail circles, raised leaves and tallies, gimp outlines, pattern interpretation design and their applications. Students choosing Lester, a beautiful 19th Century pictorial English Lace, can select from an assortment of simple and complex patterns to learn how to add and discard pairs, manipulate the gimp, work veins at various angles in cloth stitch elements, roll tallies, finish invisibly and pattern interpretation. Students choosing Honiton will learn the foundation skills of free lace including dressing the pillow, starting at a point, adding and deleting pairs in whole stitch and half stitch, back stitching, crossing the coarse thread, ordinary and raised sewings, ribs and rolled work, bowing off, decorative gimps and pattern interpretation. All students will learn how Bedfordshire and Honiton laces combined to form Lester lace in the 19th Century.

Honiton Students: Honiton lace is a beautiful English free lace depicting images from nature. It is the gateway to interpretive lacemaking of pictorial images. The focus will be on teaching the fundamentals with the goal to open the floodgates of imagination; to see the world in lace. Students will learn the foundation skills of free lace including dressing the pillow, starting at a point, adding and deleting pairs in whole stitch and half stitch, back stitching, crossing the coarse thread, ordinary and raised sewings, ribs and rolled work, bowing off, decorative gimps and much more. Continuing students should contact the instructor to discuss selecting a pattern appropriate to their current skill level.

Holly will be contacting all students individually to determine their lace and level. Supply list will be sent in accordance.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P608.

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A509 Beginning and Continuing Bucks Point, Withof, UFOs, and More—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Susie Johnson)
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Bucks Point is a beautiful, fine English bobbin lace with net ground and an emphasis on gimp outlining the designs. Beginning students will learn the foundations of Bucks including footside, point ground, catchpin, picots, and honeycomb. Continuing students will work on more difficult patterns to learn the curved Bucks headside and more complex gimp movement and typical pattern elements. For those who prefer a free lace, Withof is an exciting lace characterized by fine threads, rolled edges, and light and shadow in highly stylized motifs. The flow of the threads, the grace of the designs and the fascinating solutions to common lacemaking problems always intrigue newcomers to the lace. Lacemakers have begun to incorporate Withof techniques into their own designs, something that students in this class would be welcome to do. In addition, upon request and with approval, students are welcome to pursue other laces which includes help with UFOs and long-awaited projects requiring help to start. Mentoring for IOLI Torchon and Point Ground journals will also be available in this class. For those who were intrigued by Ulrike’s star exhibition at the 2014 convention, those patterns can also be worked.

Since she started making lace in 1981, Susie pursued the serious study of many different types of laces with different teachers from a number of different countries. Almost as soon as she learned to make lace, Bucks Point became her favorite lace and she spent many years studying it with a variety of teachers. Although best known for her work in Withof, she has also been teaching many other laces -including Bucks - for almost 30 years at events such as IOLI conventions, The Winter Lace Conference, the Finger Lakes Lace Days and Lace at Sweet Briar as well as twice-weekly classes at home. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has been the co-coordinator of the International Poppy Project. She is also on the IOLI Proficiency Journal Committee.

Prerequisites: Basic Torchon skills

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P609.

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A510 Milanese—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Louise Colgan)
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Milanese is a free-flowing form of tape lace characterized by special decorative stitches that become integral features of each design. The creative nature of this type of lace makes it suitable for both traditional and contemporary interpretation. This course will cover all levels of Milanese techniques. A wide variety of patterns will be provided to suit both new and continuing Milanese students. Lacemakers will be given the option of using colored threads to make their own unique pieces from the selected patterns. As with other similar free-style laces, individual interpretation of each design is part of the learning process. A solid foundation in basic Bobbin Lace skills is required. Ability to read diagrams is also recommended.

Louise Colgan is a lacemaker, designer, and teacher with experience in a broad range of Bobbin Lace techniques. As an instructor, she offers classes on an ongoing basis throughout the year and travels extensively around the U.S. to teach workshops and seminars. She has served as President of the International Old Lacers, Inc. following terms as 1st & 2nd Vice-Presidents and Southwest Regional Director. She is currently the I.O.L.I. Proficiency Program Committee Chair. Louise also has taught Bobbin Lace workshops at many I.O.L.I. Conventions; Milanese classes for U.S. members of O.I.D.F.A.; plus workshops for a variety of regional groups. In her capacity as a lacemaker and designer, she has exhibited her work both locally and internationally. Her designs have been published in Lace Express magazine. Additionally, she has published three books of original patterns and has made an instructional video on Milanese Lace through Hensel Productions.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P610.

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A511 Idrija Lace: Traditional Narrow Tape—Beginning/Intermediate(Allie Marguccio)
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Students in this course will learn the basic skills necessary to make many of the Idrija lace patterns available. Students will learn how to execute the narrow braid, twisted tape/double stitch, various corners, gentle curve, picots and plaits, leaves and sewings. Available patterns will consist of skill builders and actual lace designs. Students can choose to use a cookie pillow or the traditional bolster pillow.

The great-granddaughter of a Slovene bobbin lacemaker, Allie’s passion is evidenced by her continued study and research of the lace of her heritage. She has studied under the tutelage of Metka Fortuna, director of the Idrija School of Lace, Stana Frelih, Master Teacher and Maja Svetlik, Design Teacher. In addition to weekly private lessons at her home, Allie travels nationwide to teach workshops and has taught numerous times at IOLI Conventions. Her work has been on display for several exhibits, most recently at the Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg, PA.

Prerequisites: Strong Torchon skills

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P611.

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A512 Tønder Lace—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) – Students should have a good understanding of point ground lace (Bobbi Donnelly)
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Tønder is a very fine point ground lace from Denmark. Lacers new to Tønder lace should come to class with a good understanding of basic lace stitches and the use of gimp. Familiarity with the European system of colored diagrams will be helpful. Egyptian cotton 140/2 is the thread used for the patterns in this class. The gimp is DMC 25 Coton a Broder or 50/2 Fresia Linen depending on the look that you want. Patterns will be chosen based on each student’s level of skill, ranging from beginning pieces to more complicated ones. Students will progress at their own pace, so they can relax and enjoy the lace.

Once the pattern that you will work on in class is chosen, you will receive a pricking to prepare for class. In class you will get a workbook including a second pricking and working diagrams for the patterns that you’ve chosen. Plus additional diagrams that will be helpful.

Along with ‘Spiderweb and Dreams’ published in Denmark in 2013, 2014 saw ‘A Study of Tønder Lace’ published in the States. In 2016, ‘Point Ground and Picots’ was printed by the Museum in Denmark. Any of these books will give students additional patterns to choose from. Again, ranging in width from thin to wide, something for everyone!

Bobbi has been making lace since 1991 and has studied with teachers across the world. Currently, she is working on more reconstructions of old Danish laces from personal photos taken at the Tønder Museum in Denmark. She is also designing additional patterns based on those reconstructions for use in class.

New patterns every year! Bobbi has taught at IOLI Conventions, Lace at Sweet Briar in Virginia, Winter Conference in California, and a number of other smaller venues throughout the States.

Prerequisites: A good understanding of lace stitches and the use of gimp.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P612.

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A513 ‘s Gravenmoerse Lace—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Susan Wenzel)
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’s Gravenmoerse is a Lacemaking technique of The Netherlands. The technique that makes it very different from Torchon Lace is the diagonal half stitch.

Beginning students need to have a good background in Torchon lace, including knowing how to work a Half Stitch Diamond. Intermediate/Advanced need to be able to work a ’s Gravenmoerse Half Stitch Diamond comfortably.

Beginners will work either a bookmark or decoration, while learning the diagonal half stitch both with four and eight pairs of bobbins, the special little linen stitch, a duitze plaatze, and a ’s Gravenmoerse Lace fan.

Intermediate/advanced students will further develop and refine their skills learning additional techniques. There are several projects to choose from, depending on which techniques are appealing to each individual. One option will be to make an advanced scarf designed by Susan.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P613.

Any student wishing to work either scarf MUST take both classes.

Those who are in both classes will also be able to work either the beginner or advanced scarf if they so choose.

The patterns will be mailed by the teacher. She will contact each of you to discuss your level and which pattern you wish to work.

Susan originally learned to make lace while living in England and continued her studies in Bruges and Holland. She studied ’s Gravenmoerse Lace under the guidance of a well-known expert, who wrote the most comprehensive book of techniques on ’s Gravenmoerse Lace. She has been teaching for 26 years.

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A514 Ipswich Lace (Intermediate to Advanced)(Karen Thompson)
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Growing up in Denmark, Karen learned to do many types of handcrafts from an early age. Bobbin lace was added in 1974 when she learned the basics from her mother. Since then she has studied and taught bobbin lace in the US and abroad, as well as being actively involved in several lace guilds in the US and internationally.

The interest in Ipswich lace grew from exposure to the black silk samples at the Library of Congress in the mid 1990’s. Living close enough to study them, she has been reproducing the samples in a manner that preserves the intent of the originals while also making the patterns more accessible to the modern lace-maker with color-coded work-diagrams and even repeats. Lace makers with an interest in American historical laces will be especially interested in learning about the Ipswich laces.

For the last 15 years Karen has been a volunteer at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, working exclusively with the lace collection, mostly behind-the-scenes, but also demonstrating lace and conducting behind-the-scenes tours of the lace collection. She reproduced one of the Ipswich laces for the Museum in 2001, combining the information from a pricking in the collection with the corresponding lace sample at the Library of Congress. This reproduction is on permanent display as part of the “Within These Walls…” exhibit about Ipswich at the American History Museum.

Karen has translated the four lace manuals Knipling, Knipling 2, Knipling3 (Tønder lace), and Knipling 4, by Karen Trend Nissen from Danish to English, and has self-published two booklets of original designs.

Karen has over 30 years teaching experience in bobbin lace. She has been doing extensive research on the Ipswich lace samples that are preserved at the Library of Congress. These samples from 1790 represent a thriving handmade lace industry in Ipswich, Massachusetts in the late 18th century. She has made prickings, work diagrams, and reconstructed all 22 samples, making them available for contemporary lace makers, who are interested in studying an American tradition in lace making.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P614.

Prerequisites: Intermediate bobbin lace skills, including the ability to follow a color-coded work diagram are useful for this class.

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A515 Hinojosa—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Sylvie Nguyen)
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Hinojosa is one of a number of Spanish tape laces. Among the 24 Hinojosa braids, some which are similar to Milanese, a variety will be implemented in a bobbin lace project. Particular focus will be placed on manipulating curves and pin placement. A choice of prickings will be offered, according to the individual’s level of experience with the lace.

Sylvie started making lace in 2000 and has had a lifelong interest in fiber arts. She is primarily interested in tape laces, including Russian, Schneeberger, and Hinojosa, as well as Torchon lace. She has taught, for several years at a fiber arts school in Wisconsin, as well as various workshops and also at IOLI conventions. Sylvie has completed the Teacher Torchon Bobbin Lace Course offered by the Dutch Lace Education Society (NKO).

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class P615.

Prerequisites: Must have a working knowledge of basic bobbin lace skills.

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A516 The Many Textures of Bobbin Lace—Intermediate (Deborah Beever)
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A517 Czech Pictorial Lace—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova)
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Since the 1920s when Emilie Palickova revolutionized modern lacemaking, the Czech lacemaking has been known for non-traditional use and applications. This class will build on this heritage and allow you to create a contemporary piece corresponding to your level of experience from beginners to experienced lacemakers. A simple patterns of a bell, we are after all in Philadelphia, will be available for students to practice the effects of using various stitches and work our way to designs incorporating multiple materials (yarn, ribbon, wire). The focus of the class is to convey design concepts, make students comfortable using different materials in their work and understanding how that affects the spacing and stitches to be used and that they trust their lace knowledge to design new pieces.

Advanced students will work with teacher prior to class on choosing a pattern appropriate to their level - options include buildings, figures, fish or design their own.
We will also take a look at the evolution of the contemporary lace in the Czech Re- public since the 1920s. Students should have basic knowledge of bobbin lace. The class can be worked on a roller, bolster or a block pillow.

Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova started making lace as a nine-year-old girl in Czechoslovakia, drawing on a long tradition of lacemaking. After graduating from the Institute of Art Manufacturing in Prague, where she studied both contemporary and traditional Central European bobbin lace, she moved to the United States.

Her love of lace, combined with her education at one of the most prestigious lacemaking schools in Europe and honed by 10 years of experience as a teacher at both regional and IOLI conventions, make her classes fun and easy to understand. Each class includes not only lace techniques, but also explanations of the cultural dimensions and circumstances of each lace.

Dagmar never misses an opportunity to learn more about lace and her desire to continue her education has led her to travel the world and learn many new techniques, which she likes to use in her own designs.

Her articles have been published by the IOLI Bulletin, as well as European lace magazines.

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A518 The Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace— Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Galina Khmeleva)
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This class is designed to provide knitters with an extensive overview of Russian-style lace knitting. Students will be introduced to the unique elements of lace knitting design; the ten basic elements that provide the very foundation of Russian lace knitting—mouseprint, cat’s paw, honeycomb, etc.—will serve as your guide. A unique cast-on, superior shaping using a modified short rows method, a grafting technique that will “seam” almost magical in its simplicity and versatility, will provide the necessary tools to achieving lace knitting bliss. And, as always, a class with Galina will provide an unforgettable cultural experience.

A materials kit can be purchased from Skaska Designs in the Vending hall. Cost of the kit is $$20, which includes yarn and all charts.

Galina A/ Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Weds, The Design Collection, has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the “aristocracy” of St. Petersburg’s music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the “new” Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student of Orenburg’s lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring, and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the U.S. And, as an extra bonus, Galina’s classes are an awesome, unforgettable cultural experience.

Galina’s work has appeared in the industry’s leading magazines, including Piecework, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, Knitting Traditions, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Wild Fibers, and Verena ie. printed in Italian, Russian, German, Dutch, and English.

Most recently, Galina finished work on the following DVDs: Orenburg Knitting—Knitting Gossamer Webs; Spinning Gossamer Threads—The Yarns of Orenburg; Knitting Old World Lace—from Shetland to Orenburg; and Knitting Lace In Intarsia—the Secrets of Olga Fedorova.

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A519 Introduction to the Belgian Needlelaces— Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Laurie Waters)
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