My Teaching

Work from a Scottish lace course

Over the years I’ve taught many people to make bobbin lace — some have taken to it like ducks to water, others have struggled 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 it too, so my teaching recognizes that people have different lacemaking ambitions and different demands on their time. I have a set syllabus for beginners which they can work through at their own pace, after which I suggest various possibilities, but give them the final choice of what to work on next. So in most of my classes everyone is doing something different.

Teaching Schedule for 2024

Weekly Zoom classes: Wednesday afternoons, other times by arrangement.

Weekly classes in Glasgow: Thursday mornings, other times by arrangement.

Lacemaking Courses at Gartmore House, near Aberfoyle, Scotland

April 28th to May 3rd 2024

June 2nd to 7th 2024

August 25th to 30th 2024

November 24th to 29th 2024

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 led 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.

During the Covid pandemic, I started teaching lace classes using Zoom and have continued to do this in addition to my classes in Glasgow which I have now re-started. Based on my experience of using Zoom I have produced a couple of guides, one for students and another which may be useful to other lace and textile teachers. They are on the Zoom page.

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