Summer School 2019
Best Western Ipswich Hotel, Ipswich
Saturday 10th to Sunday 17th August 2019
Claire Bonito (formerly Allen)
Mariña Regueiro
Jean Rooke

Summer School in 2019 will be held at the Best Western Ipswich Hotel from the afternoon of 10 August to after breakfast on 17 August.


About 6 miles from the centre of Ipswich, and only 1 mile from the A12, the hotel is in what’s left of the village of Copdock and there are pleasant walks in the area.


All rooms are ensuite and have tea and coffee making facilities and television – not that you will have time to watch it!


Ipswich itself is one of the oldest towns in the UK with a rich history dating back to Roman times and there is much to see in the area including Sutton Hoo. Some of the treasures from there are in a museum in Ipswich. Later, much of the town’s wealth came from four centuries trading Suffolk cloth with the continent. Modern Ipswich has an active interest in the Arts, with a number of galleries, three museums, and many sculptures.

Best Western Ipswich Hotel

Old London Road




01473 209988

Claire Bonito - Bobbin Lace Collection

Claire has been making lace since the early 1990’s, learning her craft from Pat Read MBE and latterly from Jacquie Tinch. She has been teaching regularly for around 15 years.


Claire teaches a range of laces, specialising in Modern Milanese and has become known for her Contemporary designs, using both Milanese and Withof lace techniques, the style of which are instantly recognisable. She teaches in a range of settings across the UK, including Kent Adult Education and for the Edinburgh Lace Course; her easy manner and friendly nature make her classes popular with her students, new and regular alike.


In 2013 Claire was awarded both the Individual’s and the Visitors Choice Trophies in the Lace Guild’s 2013 “Contrasts” Exhibition, and in 2010 she was awarded a Medal For Excellence for her “Waterlily Mat”.


At Summer School, Claire’s workshop will cover Torchon, Bedfordshire, Bucks Point, Idrija and Milanese Lace in the mixed lace group. Prior to attending the course she will discuss individual projects with each student. Claire will work closely with each member of the group throughout the week and ensure that all students leave the course well prepared to continue with their projects at home. All levels of experience are welcome.

Mariña Regueiro - Hinojosa and Punto Capitana Lace

Mariña is the leading expert on Hinojosa lace, author of the book on the history and techniques of that lace, and teaching across Europe and in America. She was very popular when she taught for the Guild previously. This is a rare opportunity to join one of her classes in the UK.


As well as Hinojosa lace, this time she is also offering Punta Capitana, one of the laces from which Hinojosa was developed. 17C lace made in Antwerp was exported to Cadiz for the Spanish and South American markets. Dutch/Flemish lacemakers moved to Spain and settled in Andalusia and this lace became traditional for some Spanish veils and is still traditionally worn for the festivities of Saint Benedict.


Both these laces are braid laces, made with fewer than 20 pairs of bobbins. The braids wind back and forth making a richly patterned fabric with no fillings. They are made with a slightly heavier thread than the better-known Milanese lace, but the pinholes are further apart and the sewings easier to do.

Jean Rooke - Needlelace

A bobbin lace maker for many years before being introduced to needlelace by Ros Hills whilst studying for a City & Guilds Lacemaking qualification, Jean soon appreciated the possibilities offered by needlelace. She has won awards from both The Lace Guild and The Guild of Needle Laces and has taught needlelace for The Lace Guild, The Guild of Needlelace and The Embroiderers’ Guild.


This well-established form of lacemaking lends itself very well to being worked in a traditional manner or being given a contemporary twist making use of the wide variety of threads that we have available today. Lace makers of all levels are welcome to join the class and enjoy producing a unique piece of lace by creating a design using simple, basic shapes which can then be worked in needlelace. 

Beginners will be able to learn the basic techniques such as laying the cordonnet and a small range of stitches together with a variety of ways of finishing the cordonnet. Improvers may wish to experiment with more unusual threads and/ or try different stitches and embellishments such as picots, couronnes and beads. Alternatively, students may prefer to work on a pattern of their own choosing.