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Crowdfunder Launched 19th March 2018
Through teaching Louise has seen many people struggle with the preparation required to make bobbin lace, either through difficulty with sight or with their hands, (or sometimes through lack of time) and so she came up with an idea to help with this problem. Through working with the Big House project, Louise developed and produced prototypes of laser cut lace prickings and after students tested them, decided to take the steps to make the project a reality and help lacemakers worldwide. The project aims to remove this barrier to being able to make lace, by producing the patterns ready to work - with markings on card and holes ready pricked.
A grant was secured to part fund the project and Louise launched the crowdfunder to match fund the grant along with personal investment. The crowdfunder is at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/digital-lace-patterns and will only make the project a reality if the full amount is raised by 12md on 16th April.
Various pledge rewards are available and donations also welcome to make it happen, and be part of this innovation new approach to lacemaking.
Please watch the videos and see the updates for more information.
Crowdfunder process image
Laser cutt Prickings for lacemaking
'Study, Design and Create' exhibition
My 'Blackthorn Reborn' was selected for this exhibition at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Durham and forms part of the exhibition by members of the 98 Lace Group.
The work was inspired by a collection of 18th century lappets, selected from the Blackbourne collection by the Bowes museum for the group to work from.
The exhibition runs between 28th January and 15th April 2012.
It is anticipated that the exhibition will move to the Nuneaton and Dudley museum later in the year.
Photograph of the exhibition. Louise's piece shown top right of the photograph.
I will be doing some new workshops for the Beetroot Tree, South Street, Draycott in the new year, for both PMC silver jewellery and bobbin lacemaking.
Bookings already being taken.
for details, dates and booking online.
National Christmas Lacemakers Fair, Cranmore Park, Solihull, B90 4LF
My lace inspired fine silver jewellery will be on sale at this Christmas event for the first time.
This event is the highlight of the year for many lacemakers, with the largest collection of suppliers, with everything needed to make lace under one roof.
See website for further information of the event. http://www.lace-making.com/
Exhibition date extended
The dates of this exhibition have now been extended. National Lacemaking Day on 10th September will see a few lacemakers gathering at the exhibition and making lace for the day whilst talking to visitors.
The exhibition is now on until 11th December, due to the feedback and popular response from visitors received in the first few weeks of the exhibition.
It was also featured on the 'What's on guide' on BBC1 East Midlands news on 10th June, when Kylie Pentelow attended the exhibition and tried her hand at the art of Lacemaking.
Further dates for demonstrations - 25th and 29th October, and 10th December 2011
One of my recent pieces has just won first prize in a competition run to create a piece of jewellery for Mother’s Day by Cookson’s Precious Metals, Birmingham.
This piece was created in memory of my late Mother, and features 19th century lace on one side, and a re-creation of my late Father's wood turning on the reverse. The piece is significant to my own history, in that it relates to my work on memories, and time in connection with the MA programme currently being undertaken at university. My mother always loved the lace I created and was very fond of lace jewellery and so I created this in her memory to mark the two years since losing her. I was delighted to receive the news that it had won this competition and felt it a fitting tribute to her memory, two years on.
Photograph of the lace pendant.