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The Lace Guild Spring School 2018

Monday 12th–Friday 16th March, 2018
Abbots Barton Hotel, New Dover Rd, Canterbury, CT1 3DU

This event is fully booked


Jacquie Tinch - Braid Lace
Claire Allen - Beds, Bucks, Torchon and Milanese
Carol Hughes - Needlelace

After a very successful 1st Spring School, we have decided to follow it up with another one. Since Summer School 2018 will be in the North West, the next Spring School will be in the South East – CANTERBURY in fact!

Our venue will be Abbots Barton. The Gothic style hotel is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens, just a 10 min walk from the city centre and half a mile from the Cathedral. It’s a Best Western Hotel so all rooms are en suite.

Canterbury is served by 2 railway stations, both less than 2 miles from the hotel, connecting to two London stations, Victoria and St Pancras. There is a bus stop 2-3 mins walk away. Canterbury is a popular tourist destination: consistently one of the most-visited cities in the UK.

What could we see and do in Canterbury?

  • Visit its Cathedral, dating back to 597AD, where Thomas à Becket was murdered.
  • See and explore the ruins of the Norman Castle.
  • Take a trip along the river Stour.
  • Take a guided walk around the city. Etc., etc., etc.
  • Or take a trip to the coast which is less than 30 mins away.

AND make lace of course.
We have put together 3 excellent tutors with different types of lace which we hope will tempt you to join us.

Jacquie Tinch - FULL

Jacquie is an experienced lacemaker and teacher. She taught at Summer School in 2013 and at The Fringe in 2016. By popular demand, she is again offering a range of different braid laces from around Europe.
If you enjoy making lace with just a few bobbins on your pillow you may want to choose a braid lace such as Idrija, Schneeburger or Russian Vologda, all worked with under 10 pairs. The pieces can be small and easily finished or bigger and more challenging.
Michailov is freehand braid lace, made in heavy thread, usually in colour. You can learn each braid or edge as a unit, but by combining braids and adding turns and corners and playing with the colours, you can produce pieces of lace unique to yourself.
Hinojosa, a Spanish braid lace developed from Milanese, uses similar braids to Milanese, but with a twist - literally in some cases. It is more open and the sewings are easier to do than in Milanese, and the designs consist of closely packed, convoluting braids.
This class is suitable for beginners but those of you who already have lacemaking skills can use the week to have a taste of more than one lace.

Claire Allen - FULL

Claire has been making lace for 23 years now and teaches Lacemaking for Kent Adult Education in Maidstone in Kent. She learnt to make lace under Patricia Read MBE and then Jacquie Tinch. She specialises in Milanese Lace. Claire’s first entry to the Lace Guild Exhibition in 2011 was awarded a medal for Excellence. In 2013 Claire was awarded both the Individual’s Trophy and the Visitor’s Choice Trophy. 2016 brought a new challenge - she was one of the three judges of Let’s Celebrate.
Claire taught at her first Summer School in 2015. Her course was popular and thoroughly enjoyed by students. Throughout the week Claire will be teaching Bedfordshire, Bucks Point, Torchon and Milanese Lace. She will work individually with each student at their own level, either on a pattern they have chosen, or one provided by the tutor, depending on their specific needs. She can also work with you on designing for Torchon, Geometric Bucks Point and Milanese lace too.
Every student will be contacted prior to the course to discuss and agree what they would like to work on, learn and achieve over the course of the week and learning and teaching will be tailored to each student individually throughout the Spring School.

Carol Hughes

Jean has unfortunately had to withdraw due to personal reasons, and Carol has kindly agreed to tutor the same course instead.

Carol is an experienced Needlelace teacher and has been making Needlelace for the past 20 years. She has both a certificate and a diploma in City and Guild Lacemaking. 'I have always been a stitcher, sewing, embroidery or knitting. It was an article by Kay Dennis in ‘Needlework’ in 1994 that made me want to make needlelace but it wasn’t until three years later that I started to learn to make it. I have since gone on to make many other laces including bobbin laces, gaining my City & Guilds in Lacemaking both Certificate and Diploma. I have been a Committee member of The Guild of Needlelaces for more years than I care to remember. I also belong to North Downs Lacemakers and their Fritillary Group.'
Spring Time - Taking your favourite spring flower as your source of inspiration, design and work a motif which may then be used to adorn such items as a scissor keeper, needlecase or small bag for your threads. It may also be possible to construct these during the course. Working the motif using the mix and match approach to your project, taking techniques from the worlds of needlelace, stumpwork and embroidery you will be able to create your own unique piece of work.


Lace Guild members: £490 single en suite room; £430 shared en suite room
Non Lace Guild members: £610 single en suite room; £535 shared en suite
Non Lacemaking Guest: £365 in shared ensuite

The price for lacemakers includes full board, and tuition from the Welcome Tea/Coffee at 16:15 on Monday 12th March to lunch on Friday 16th March 2018.

Booking forms are available to download. These must be returned with a non-returnable deposit of £80 per person by 6th September to enable us to confirm our booking with AbbotsBarton.

Spring School 2017

For those looking for the photos from 2017, they are still available and can be seen here.