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Summer School 2024

17-24 August 2024
The Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Somerset

Lace Guild members: Single £1100, Shared £975

Non-Lace Guild members: Single £1200, Shared £1075

Non-lacemaking guests: Single £850, Shared £800


Anna Winter - Continental Bobbin Lace or Whitework - now fully booked

Louise West - Bedfordshire Lace - Beginners and Beyond

Rosemary Green - Torchon Lace - Scarves For All

The Ammerdown Centre

Ammerdown Park




The 2024 Summer School will be held at The Ammerdown Centre in Radstock, from Saturday 17th – Saturday 24th August.  The bedrooms are all ensuite and they are able to cater for special dietary requirements. 

The Ammerdown Centre is set in an idyllic location, nestled in woods, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland, with an exquisitely beautiful chapel in its midst. The whole place is steeped in peace and tranquillity.

There are many places of interest nearby, including Bath, Wells and Glastonbury. As well as being close to Bath, Radstock is home to the Radstock Museum where a wide range of exhibits give an insight into much of Radstock’s varied history and geology.  It is also close to Writhlington School, notable for its orchid collection and houses the largest collection of orchids outside of Kew Gardens.

Places of interest to visit include Berkeley Owl Sanctuary, Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Cheddar Reservoir, Iford Manor Gardens and Kilver Court Gardens.

Anna Winter - Continental Bobbin Lace or Whitework

Anna will be teaching both Continental Lace and Danish Whitework Embroidery during the week.  So, whether you wish to learn a new type of lace, extend your knowledge of a particular lace, learn or extend your knowledge of Danish Whitework or just want to get on with a project of your own, you will be most welcome.  You could even do a little of both!


The bobbin laces on offer are Flanders, Binche, Point de Paris, Chrysanthemum and Bruges Flower at all levels.  Danish Whitework embroidery, which is a pulled and drawn thread embroidery, will be taught at all levels for use in both traditional and contemporary ways. 


Louise West - Bedfordshire Lace - Beginners and Beyond

The week’s course will look at all aspects of Bedfordshire and is suitable for those new to Bedfordshire, through to advanced level.  Anyone wanting to try designing can either work through guided lessons on this or work with assistance from Louise on their own ideas.

The class will focus on what the individual student wants to achieve during the week, with individual projects agreed with the students, and can be for either starting a new project or working on a longer-term piece of lace.


Louise will contact students before the course to ensure you are able to attend with the pattern and bobbins ready to get started and have a full week of Bedfordshire lace.

Rosemary Green - Torchon Lace - Scarves For All

Enjoy a week’s lacemaking exploring different ways of using lace to enhance a scarf. Choose laceweight or 4 ply sock yarn to make a Torchon scarf. The same yarns and technique can be adapted to suit other items of clothing. Consider knitting a simple shawl or cowl beforehand and add a bobbin lace border. Not all scarves need lots of bobbins and you can use more than one colour, of course.

If you prefer making finer laces, consider traditional techniques to decorate one or both ends of a fine silk scarf. The scarf can be dyed to match preferred silk threads. Choose a favourite traditional design and adapt to fit the scarf end or try out a technique that uses fewer pairs. These scarves will also suit some non-bobbin laces too. There is no reason for you not to try out both scarf styles during the same week.

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