Early Lace with Gil Dye at Hardwick Hall 2020

20-21 June 2020
The National Trust has closed all its fee-paying properties, so this course has now been cancelled. Please contact The Hollies if you are due a refund and have not already heard from them.

Reproductions of early lace at Hardwick. One is from a portrait of Bess,

the other two are from the collection of lace in the attics.

Back by popular demand is this weekend course on early bobbin lace which will take place in the magnificent Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, built in the sixteenth century for Elizabeth Talbot, Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury, better known as Bess of Hardwick.


The course is suitable for beginners and experienced lacemakers. Introductory patterns for students new to this type of lace will be based on lace and portraits with a connection to the Hall. Students with experience of sixteenth and seventeenth lace should contact the tutor Gil Dye to discuss their project(s) for the weekend.


This is a non-residential course. Coffee/tea and cake will be provided and a light lunch each day; this will be organised by our on-the-spot co-ordinator Phyllis Brown who is a Lace Guild member and long term volunteer at Hardwick. Please notify Phyllis if you have any specific dietary requirements.


Students need to be aware that Hardwick is a heritage building and access to the teaching room involves several shallow steps.


During the weekend students will have full access to the public area of the Hall and we hope that Phyllis will be able to organise a visit to the attics to view the Hall’s collection of early lace.


Please contact the Hollies to book a place on this course, cost £140 for Lace Guild members; £170 for non members.



Tutor: Gil Dye - gildye6@gmail.com

Hardwick co-ordinator: Phyllis Brown - rhandpmbrown@waitrose.com

Lace Guild co-ordinator: Sharon Rowley - clerk@laceguild.org