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Early Lace Course with Gil Dye - SOLD OUT (waiting list available)

Hardwick Hall
Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ

Saturday 16th–Sunday 17th, 2017

Gil Dye — Early Bobbin Lace

This is the 2nd Early Lace course with Gil Dye that The Lace Guild is offering this year. And yes, we are really pleased to tell you that, for the 2nd time, this course will be held at Hardwick Hall. For those who don’t know, it is an architecturally significant Elizabethan country house in Derbyshire, built towards the end of the 16th century by a formidable lady, Bess of Hardwick.

Gil Dye is an experienced lace maker, teacher and speaker with a particular interest in early bobbin lace. She is author of a wide range of books and articles, including beginners’ guides to needle and bobbin lace and a four-part series on 16th and 17th century bobbin lace.

Beginners (even those who have made no bobbin lace) and experienced lacemakers will be equally welcome on the course.

A major strand of Gil's research is the reproduction of surviving lace and lace on portraits, working in linen, silk or metallic threads. Making these laces will form the core of the course. There will be a graded series of patterns for newcomers to early lace, and opportunities for those with more experience to work on individual projects. (Please contact the tutor on if you have a specific project in mind).

Gil will also encourage the sharing of information about early lace and the context in which it was made with photos, samples and other from her extensive research available for study. Gold and silver lace from the period still survives in the Hardwick Hall collection and there are numerous examples of white linen lace on the portraits that line the walls.

Early Bobbin Lace with Gil Dye





The course takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 September 2017. It is a non- residential course with a buffet lunch and morning tea/coffee on both days included in the price.

The booking form can be downloaded as a PDF file.