Jean Leader


Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast


My name is Jean Leader and I live in Glasgow, Scotland, but through my lacemaking I have friends all over the world. I design, make, teach and write about lace, and have served as chairman of The Lace Guild and 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. I have been running this personal website for about fifteen years, and also maintain a site devoted solely to describing different types of lace. You can explore my site from the section headings above, or jump quickly to a topic of interest using the ‘Quick Selection’ pop-up menu, below.

My Other Website

These pages used to contain a section describing different European lace styles. Eventually this outgrew its home, and so a separate site was created for it: Lace Types.

New and Noteworthy

The Spanish edition of Bedfordshire Lace has now been published.

I now have a dedicated Braiding section.

Advent Calendar Competion

The competition answers have now been posted and a page has been mounted about the original pieces of lace.