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The Lace Guild Summer School 2018

Higham Hall
Lake District

11th–18th August, 2018


Susan Roberts - European Laces - FULL
Rosemary Green - Grounded!
Early Lace with Gil Dye - Early Lace

In 2018, we will be going to The Lake District for our Summer School. The Lakes have just been awarded World Heritage Status! The area is located almost exactly at the centre of Britain and has a lot to offer, lakes obviously, mountains, views, walking country, pleasant drives, Beatrix Potter etc.

Higham Hall will be our Lace base. It was originally built in 1828. There are magnificent views of the surrounding hills and even a little peep of Bassenthwaite Lake. In 2008 Higham Hall was sold to the Trust to be run independently as a centre of learning for adults of all ages.

With 5 gifted Cooks, one just for biscuits and cakes, food is prepared from the best ingredients which can be obtain locally, where possible. They try to provide a good balance for both those who like to indulge and those who need to abstain. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Breakfast and Lunch are served buffet style, with Dinner being set and served at table.

Ensuite and standard room are available.

In close proximity to the hall there is plenty to do and places to visit. Within 5 minutes there is the Lakes Distillery and the start of walks to Elva Plain, Dubwath Silver Meadows Wetland Nature Reserve, Sale Fell, Ling Fell and Bassenthwaite Lake (Ouse Bridge). Further afield, is Cockermouth and Keswick. Both towns, and their surrounding area, are of interest.

The Hall is accessible from adjoining routes to the M6 or enjoy an amble through the Lakes for a bit of scenery. Rail links are to Penrith or Workington where a bus service or taxi links can be made to the venue.

Susan Roberts

Brugge flower is a traditional Belgian braid lace that is traditionally worked in linen thread with a small number of pairs. Flowers worked in a mixture of cloth and half stich are often included in the design. Chrysthanthem lace is a much younger lace which uses some of the techniques of Brugge flower but includes a decorated spider braid. Both laces are suitable for the inexperienced lacemakers.

Flanders and Binche are popular Belgian laces, they are typically worked in Egyptian gassed 80 and finer thread potentially with lots of bobbins. Both are continuous laces, Flanders lace has cloth areas with a gimp surrounded by Flanders Ground (a relation of roseground but with a single pin). Traditional Binche lace doesn’t include a gimp but often include multiple grounds. These are not beginner’s laces, familiarity with coloured working diagrams, or a willingness to learn will be essential.

Chantilly lace is a point ground French lace that was traditionally made in silk, it is one of the few laces that you will find worked in black (we will work in white which is much easier on the eyes!) Gimps, a light tulle and shaded areas moving between cloth and half stitch are common. This lace is suitable for those who have worked other grid based laces.

Honiton is the finest and most challenging of the English bobbin laces featuring braids and fillings. It is worked with Egyptian gassed cotton 120 or finer. Designs often have a floral influence. This lace is suitable for those who like working with finer threads, most lacemakers find they need a magnifier to help them – especially with sewings.

Susan has been making lace for 35 years, initially being self-taught, she began teaching lace in 1995 and has been teaching it ever since, she has learnt the laces in this course under the direction of teachers at the Kantcentrum in Brugge and a number of Devon teachers. In 2016 in the Lace Guild’s Let’s Celebrate competition Susan won the Elsie Luxton Trophy for Honiton Lace, the Sue Dane Teachers Award and the Richard J Vinney Trophy for the best piece of circular lace. Susan works as a specialist IT trainer and has created a number of YouTube training videos to support this role, she has recorded one lacemaking video, more are sure to follow before Summer School 2018! Examples of Susan’s lace can be seen on her website

Rosemary Green

Suitable for all bobbin Lacemakers from beginner onwards, enjoy a whole week exploring the wonderful world of lace grounds. Look at variations of familiar grounds and try out new ones. There are so many to choose from! Use your discoveries to make one or more finished items to take home with you. How about your own original set of Christmas bauble bands or an edging for a silk scarf? Use your favourite threads or try out heavier linens or even a lace weight yarn to make something larger. Stay with traditional white and cream threads or add a splash of colour instead. The choice will be yours. Basic patterns will be available from the tutor and those more adventurous can devise their own from the resources available throughout the week.

Gil Dye

The focus of this course will be the 16th and 17th century bobbin laces made in linen, silk and metal threads. Beginners are welcome. For those with little or no experience of this type of lace there will be a series of patterns introducing the techniques and ways of working that were used as bobbin lace evolved from earlier braids. Also available will be a wide range of other patterns and examples from Gil’s extensive research into lace of this period. Hands-on lacemaking will be interspersed with formal and informal discussions on all aspects of early lace. Students will be encouraged to experiment and anyone with a particular project in mind should contact Gil in advance.#

There was an abrupt change in style in the 1630s when lace with large areas of cloth stitch took over from the more open plaited laces. Gil has been attempting to discover how this transition took place and during the week will share the progress she have made, with the opportunity for students to have a go at some of the laces of that period.



Single Occupancy: £700 room with shared bathroom; £775 ensuite room.

Shared: £670 room with shared bathroom; £700 ensuite room.


Single Occupancy: £875 room with shared bathroom; £970 ensuite room.

Shared: £835 room with shared bathroom; £875 ensuite room.


Shared: £560 room with shared bathroom; £590 ensuite room.

The price for lacemakers includes full board and tuition from dinner Sat 11th to breakfast on Sat 18th August.

The booking form can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Booking forms are available in this magazine, from The Hollies and on the website. These must be returned to The Hollies with a non-refundable deposit of £250 per person CHEQUES MADE PAYABLE TO HIGHAM HALL by 10th January 2018 to enable us to confirm our booking.