My Teaching

Over the past twenty years I’ve taught many people to make bobbin lace — some have taken to it like ducks to water, others have struggled a bit at first but got there in the end, while a few have decided it’s not for them. I enjoy making lace and I want my students to enjoy making lace too, so I try to provide the instruction they need while recognizing that everyone has different ideas about what they want to achieve and a different demands on their time. I have a set syllabus for beginners which they can work through at their own pace, and once they’ve done that I suggest various possibilities, but the final choice of what to work on next is theirs. In most classes everyone is doing something different so I’ve had to learn to be versatile.

I teach Torchon, Bucks Point and Bedfordshire lace to advanced level, but can also cover the basics of other laces including Honiton, Bruges, and Milanese together with needlelace and tatting. I also teach lace identification, and have lead short identification workshops for the Lace Guild at its Conventions and one-day Lace Study Sessions at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. The most recent of these was for museum textile curators under the auspices of Dress and Textile Specialists (DATS) and the booklet that accompanied this workshop can be downloaded from their website under Resources.

In addition to lacemaking, I teach workshops on assorted braids for beginners including braids on cards, lucet braids, tablet-woven braids and hand-manipulated braids. Please if you would like any further information.

My Teaching Schedule for 2017

Weekly classes: Wednesday mornings and afternoons in Glasgow

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)

24th to 30th September: Australian Lace Guild Annual Conference — Bedfordshire, Bucks Point and Torchon

October: Workshops at other venues in Australia

3rd December: Bobbin Lace Beginners Workshop, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre — Shoe Roses

10th to 15th December: Lacemaking Retreat, Gartmore House, Scotland — any lace (within reason)

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)

23rd to 25th February: 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)