Well we certainly had fun on our Flanders Lace Course with Annick Staes last April and we can’t wait for her to come again next year.
The first part of the course was designed for beginners or those who had done some Flanders lace in the dim and distant past. Annick started by explaining the basic techniques of the Flanders ground, showed us all how to get started and the basic ground on a demonstration pillow and then it was our turn to have a go and to try to get used to a ground that uses 4 pairs of bobbins not the 2 pairs which we are used to using in our East Midlands laces. After that we had to come to terms with doing areas of cloth stitch in the middle of the ground. I can see why the Flanders lace is a robust lace as the workers and passives do change very frequently giving more strength to the lace.
Not all our time was taken up with lace making, teas, coffees and biscuits always made a welcome break not forgetting the Belgium Chocolates that kept appearing!
The second course was for those who had more experience of Flanders Lace, and wanted to take their expertise forward. New grounds were learnt and we put into practice the use of bringing ground threads into the cloth stitch areas. We had more practice of the use of gimps and ring (outline) stitch around cloth stitch areas. We really began to understand the techniques used to make this attractive lace.
Next year the courses will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, Peterborough.
Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 April 2017
Flanders lace 1 – Ideal for the novice or improver
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 April 2017
Make lace with Annick to the level that you wish to attain
Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 July 2017
Flanders lace 2 – Consolidate your Flanders lace skills
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July 2017
Valenciennes lace as a gateway to other continental lace techniques
Come and join us!
For more details and prices, check out our website or phone Steve or Scilla on 01354 654444