with Jillie, Anna and Helen
I am especially pleased to
welcome our Lace team back to Miskin.
Lace is one of the lost
crafts overtaken by mechanical devices and the machines of the industrial
revolution. Now relegated to a relaxing and therapeutic pastime,
it has lost none of its beauty and charm. There is an active following
for lacemaking in all its traditions - Honiton - Bedfordshire and
the style being demonstrated this weekend - Torchon ( being french
for "dishcloth" referring only to the strength of the
finished article ! )
Jillie manages to slip away
from the multitude of tasks she seems to get caught up in to help
daughter Anna, and their friend Helen. Together they will be guiding
workshop participants through the basics of lacemaking. The aim
is to produce a lace bookmark like the one illustrated here. Everyone
taking part last year went home with a finished bookmark snake,
some even made more than one!
Please note that due to
the complex nature of the work we will have to limit the actual
participants in the Saturday morning workshop to the first eight
or so. All materials and equipment will be provided at no extra
charge to ticket holders. If you already have your own equipment
please feel free to bring it along.
There will be plenty of
chances to meet Anna , Helen and Jillie to discuss lace during the
weekend. They might even like a dance!!
For last years participants and for
those already more experienced we are workig on a pattern with just
a bit more complexity.
(But not as difficult as
Anna's work shown here )
An earlier piece of Anna's lacework in
Note that there are as many more bobbins hidden under the cloth.
And here in more detail.
And to show a connection between scouting
and lace how about this old photo