Welcome

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.

My Teaching Schedule for 2018

Weekly classes: Wednesday mornings and afternoons in Glasgow

21st to 26th January: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)

4th to 9th March: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)

27th to 29th April: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)

25th to 27th May: Glasgow May Course — any lace (within reason)

9th to 11th November: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)

25th to 30th November: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)