The Lace Guild
Summer School 2022
Sat 13 - Sat 20 August

Best Western The Gables Hotel, Bristol Road, Falfield, Bristol, Gl12 8DL



In a change to previously published details, Mary Coleman will replace Jacquie Tinch

as tutor for braid laces. A revised booking form is available.

Alison Thoburn - Torchon and Point Ground Lace
Mary Coleman -  Braid and Contemporary Lace
Anna Winter - Continental Laces and Danish Whitework Embroidery

The 2022 Lace Guild Summer School will be held at the 4 star Best Western Gables Hotel, Falfield in South Gloucestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds. Situated between Bristol to the south and Gloucester to the north, the village of Falfield is on the A38 and close to the M5, junction 14.


All rooms are ensuite and include tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV and free wifi to keep in touch with the world. There will be a choice of food at mealtimes, and all special dietary needs can be catered for. More details about the hotel can be found at their website.

For time away from intensive concentration on lacemaking, local attractions include Berkeley Castle, Dr Jenner’s house and gardens (of smallpox vaccination fame) and Newark Park... as well as all the attractions of the beautiful Cotswold towns, villages and countryside.

Alison Thoburn - Torchon and Point Ground Lace


I started making Honiton lace with Caroline Biggins in 1985 and quickly became fascinated with all types of lace both English and Continental.  I am absorbed with all aspects of lacemaking, including designing and pattern adaptation.  Colour frequently appears in my lace. 


I have exhibited lace with Devon Lace Teachers and at OIDFA Congresses.  I have been teaching lacemaking in South Devon since 2009.  I have an individualised approach supporting students to achieve their goals and extend their knowledge and skills. Since retiring from full time work I now have more time for lacemaking.


This course is for all levels, including beginners, in either Torchon or one of the point ground laces.  You can work on a pattern of your own choice or one provided. 


This is your opportunity to learn something new – a new lace, a different technique, starting that ‘one-day’ pattern.  Please contact me to discuss what you would like to work on during the week.    

Mary Coleman - Braid and Contemporary Lace

Contemporary Lace or lace with a difference, for lacemakers who want to experiment and beginners who want to learn new skills.


Mary has had many years experience in making and teaching many types of lace, including braid laces, from Idrija, through Czech and Russian to Milanese. She also enjoys contemporary lace and experimenting with textured threads and copper wire and encourages her students to experiment. Use an image of your favourite landscape or special design, Mary will help you to create a unique textile.


Mary will bring a selection of coloured and textured threads and coloured copper wire for you to experiment with, but let her know if there are specific colours needed or you wish to work a particular pattern.

Anna Winter - Continental Laces and Danish Whitework Embroidery

Anna started making lace in the mid 1970s and by the mid 1980s was teaching lace to various groups on a regular basis. She started her lace career with the traditional English bobbin laces and then added Continental laces to her repertoire.


She visited the English Convent in Bruges for over 25 years gaining tuition in Flanders, Binche, Point de Paris, Chrysanthemum and Bruges Flower lace under the watchful eyes of Anne-Marie Verbeke-Billiet and Marie-Anne Claeys.

Danish Whitework embroidery came onto the scene in the mid-1990s. It is a counted thread embroidery, akin to Handanger, but far more flexible. Anna designs her embroidery using traditional techniques in both traditional and contemporary ways, quite often using it when mounting her lace. 


These days Anna teaches bobbin lace and Danish Whitework embroidery to various local groups as well as groups further afield in the UK. She has also taught Convention and Lace Fringe workshops for the Lace Guild on various aspects of Continental laces experimenting with colour, stitches and grids.


Anna’s workshop is for all levels and abilities working either Continental lace or Danish Whitework embroidery.


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.


Students will be contacted prior to the course to discuss what they would like to work on during the week, or they are welcome to contact Anna via the Hollies before then