My name is Jean Leader and I live in Glasgow, Scotland, but through my lacemaking I have friends all over the world. Although lace has been an integral part of my life for over thirty years, I still remember how I got started. I had always been interested in textiles — knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing and, later, weaving and spinning — so I was intrigued when I came across a book about bobbin lacemaking one day and decided to try that too. It took me a while to find bobbins and suitable threads (no internet back then) but once I had them I took to bobbin lace like a duck to water and have never looked back.
I make lace, of course, but also design, teach and write books (and an iPhone app) on the subject. I have also served on the committees of national and international lace organizations — I have been chairman of The Lace Guild and am currently president of the International Organization of Lace (I.O.L.I.). In recognition of my work for lace and lacemaking I received the Marsh Heritage Crafts Volunteer Award for 2015.
Today you are perhaps more likely to be introduced to lace through the internet than a bookshop, so I hope that these web pages will provide both instruction and inspiration to lacemakers and potential lacemakers. If you have any questions or would like advice about any lacemaking problems please contact me through the feedback form.
19th to 24 February: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)
27th to 31st March: Lace Guild Spring School, Scarborough — Bedfordshire and Bucks Point lace
10th to 12th April: Scottish Handcraft Circle — Kumihimo braids on cards
19th to 21st May: Glasgow May Course — any lace (within reason)
10th to 15th December: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)