Jean Leader


Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast

Lace Styles
Lace Translator


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

At one time these pages contained 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

We have now added the Lace Translator my husband wrote while webmaster for OIDFA.

I have finally mounted a complete version of an article about the Bucks Point Gretchen pattern I originally wrote for Lace in 2014.

I have a new article about eight laces in my collection that were featured in the 2022 Lace Advent Calendar quiz.