Dive into the delicate art of lacemaking and learn traditional techniques to create intricate lace patterns using fine threads and bobbins.

Tutor: Jean Leader


  • August 27th to September 1st 2023
  • November 26th to December 1st 2023
  • January 21st to 26th 2024
  • April 28th to May 3rd 2024
  • June 2nd to 7th 2024
  • August 25th to 30th 2024
  • November 24th to 29th 2024

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Immerse yourself in the intricate world of lacemaking during this 5-night residential craft course.

If you’ve been longing to try your hand at lacemaking but couldn’t find suitable courses nearby, our 5-night craft holidays are the answer to your creative aspirations. Led by our skilled lacemaking tutor, Jean Leader, who possesses extensive experience in a wide range of lacemaking techniques, including bobbin lace such as Bedfordshire, Bucks Point, and Torchon, as well as Honiton, Bruges, Milanese, needle lace, and tatting. Jean’s expertise also extends to lace identification and the history of lace, offering a comprehensive understanding of this captivating art form.

Regardless of your level of experience, whether you’re a beginner or have been crafting lace for years, Jean will provide personalized tuition tailored to your specific goals and abilities. Prior to the course, Jean will reach out to assess your current lacemaking skills and aspirations, enabling her to create an individualized program for your week at Gartmore House.

Your tutor, Jean Leader, is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and lace has been an integral part of her life for over three decades. Alongside lace, Jean has a deep-rooted passion for various textile crafts, including knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing, weaving, and spinning. She is not only a skilled lacemaker but also a designer, teacher, and author of books on lace, even developing an iPhone app dedicated to the art. Jean’s contributions to the lace community have been recognized with the 2015 Marsh Heritage Crafts Volunteer Award. To learn more about Jean, please visit her website.

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