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, PM) $175

P601 Chantilly —Intermediate to Advanced (Ulrike Voelcker)
This class is full.

Students who will be taking this class as a 12-hour Chantilly class will be given a choice of smaller prickings with as few as 30 pairs, which will be small enough that it would be possible to finish by the end of class. Among the choices will be previously unpublished patterns. Students who will be continuing their studies of the French point grounds in the morning class will be given a special pricking which will allow them to put to practical use what they learned in the morning class. Students of the Chantilly afternoon class are welcome to register for the Wednesday W701 class to continue their study.

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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P602 Scarfs —Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Beginner to Advanced)(Jane Atkinson)
This class is full.


Since luggage restrictions limit the size of pillow and bobbins students can bring, this class will focus on design and sampling to accumulate knowledge; problem-solving in class should enable rapid progress at home. Jane will encourage exploration of combining the threads you have to create thicker yarns for faster lace, aided by an attractive color scheme – perhaps a photo torn out of a magazine, or one you have taken yourself. Rummage in your bottom drawer for silk, linen, cotton, and metallic, or bring yarns you have bought ‘on spec’ but not had the courage to use.

Jane will also bring printed patterns for students to explore, but nothing beats working on your own design, if the time allows. The variety of grids will enable students to plan large or small, and find the right size for success according to your materials./p>

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, and is currently collecting for a solo exhibition.

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.

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

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P603 Early Tatted Lace —Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Rosemarie Peel)
This class is full.

Tatting before 1900 was characterized by tied joins and large looped picots. In this class, we will explore this fascinating Victorian craft, with its origins in point needle lace.

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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P604 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

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the morning class A604.

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P605 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.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the morning class A605.

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P606 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 may sign up for the morning class A506.

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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P607 Continuing Flanders/Beginning Binche—Mixed(Beginner to Advanced)(Kathy Kauffmann)
This class 1 open place.


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 may sign up for the morning class A607.

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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P608 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 morning class A608.

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P609 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 morning class A609.

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P610 Fans—Intermediate to Advanced (Louise Colgan) (Louise Colgan)
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Instruction will be given in the techniques of making a Bobbin Lace Fan with patterns offered in selected styles. Options include both continuous and free laces ~ such as Torchon, Bedfordshire, Bucks Point, and Tape-based designs. This course will also offer information on the history of fans and procedures for mounting the lace onto a set of fan sticks. Students need intermediate to advanced level skills in the lace style of their chosen project, along with the ability to interpret diagrams.

NOTE: Milanese students taking part in the morning session who are wanting 24 hours of instruction time are welcome to continue with their projects during the afternoon session; space may be limited, so register early.

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.

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P611 Idrija Lace: Traditional Wide Tape—Beginning/Intermediate(Allie Marguccio)
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The Idrija Wide or Broad Tape technique existed centuries before the narrow tape. It is traditionally made with linen thread and requires seven or more pairs of bobbins. In this class, students will learn the skills necessary to made the wide tape including cloth stitch, double stitch, various turns and corners, plaited petals and picots and flowers with double petaled leaves.

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 morning class A611.

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P612 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 morning class A512.

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P613 Invisible Adding and Removing a Color Worker and Then Some— Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Susan Wenzel)
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Adding color to lace has become very popular. If the look you are trying to achieve is a painted look (where the colors variegate simultaneously instead of random) it is done with two matching threaded single bobbins instead of continuous pairs. Thus, ends must be woven in at the beginning where the color is added as well as the end where the color will be removed. This class will teach the technique of how to do this invisibly with no more weaving ends in with a needle after the lace is off of the pillow. Using what are referred to as Lazy Loops, all of the color threads are worked back into the lace while it is on the pillow.

Beginning students need to have a good background in Torchon lace, including knowing how to work a trail. Intermediate/Advanced must have taken a class on this in the past, either a Torchon or 's Gravenmoerse piece that incorporated this technique.

While the class projects are Torchon Lace to allow more students to be able to experiment in this technique, it can be used in any laces that have workers.

Beginners to adding color workers will work the peach bookmark.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the afternoon class A513.

Those who have worked this technique (either by having taken this class in the past, or learning it in one of my 's Gravenmoerse classes) will take it one step further.

Adding color in a chevron challenges the lacemaker to adding four single bobbins at the beginning of the motif. This can be done 2 ways. Both will be taught. This project will also teach how to weave the ending threads back into the lace at the end of the piece. There are no knots or tails at the end of the bookmark.

Proper starting and finishing of projects as well as correct disposition of remaining threads will be emphasized on all projects. The teacher will contact each of you to discuss which project is suitable for your needs and then mail you a pattern.

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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P614 Beginning and Continuing Torchon—Basic and Mixed (Beginner to Advanced)(Karen Thompson)
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Whether you are completely new to bobbin lace or are interested in continuing basic bobbin lace skills, this class is for you.

Those who are new to bobbin lace will learn the very basics, including winding bobbins, pricking, the basic stitches and how to read a color-coded work diagram while making Torchon samplers.

The more advanced students will be able to choose from several designs, which might include spiders, trails, gimp, picots, corners, finishing and more, depending on skill level and interest. Threads and pricking sizes will be discussed.

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.

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the morning class A514.

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

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P615 Hinojosa—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Sylvie Nguyen)
This class has 1 open place.


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).

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

Students wishing to take this class for 24 hours may may sign up for the morning class A515.

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P616 Bobbin Bling: Metallic Bobbin Lace Jewelry—Intermediate(Deborah Beever)
This class has been cancelled.

P617 Slovakian Tape Lace—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Dagmar Beckel-Machyckova)
This class has 3 open places.


This class offers two options: a traditional piece of tape lace or a modern take on tape lace with a necklace and a bracelet. We will take a look at the history of the lace from the typical Kyjov Kroj (a folk costume worn in Moravia) and examine its history as Slovakian tape lace and its migration to the Czech Republic and the differences in the pattern.

For students that have already taken this class and wish to make a wearable piece and for beginners, this class will also offer a necklace and a bracelet set based on motifs from this lace. Special focus will be tallies on a bolster!

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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P618 The Language of Lace— Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) Language(Beginner to Advanced) (Galina Khmeleva)
This class has 6 open places.

Welcome to knitted lace nirvana; whether it’s Orenburg’s exquisitely detailed scalloped border (teeth) and intricate patterning schemes, Estonian laces’ classic nupps, or Shetland’s luxurious, richly textured wool, they represent three intriguing approaches, each with its own classic distinctions, to the knitted lace genre, In this class, lace knitter extraordinaire Galina A Khmeleva will compare and contrast what makes these legends of the lac knitting milieu unique, and help you choose which approach best suits your individual lacey desires., Speak the language of lace like a veteran.

A materials kit can be purchased from Galina’s booth in the Vending hall. Cost of the kit is $5-$20, depending on materials selected.

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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P619 Lace History and Identification (Beginner to Advanced) (Laurie Waters)
This class has been cancelled.