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Weekend Workshop: Identifying lace, 4-5 November 2017

Detain of a christening veil made from Brussels net lace, c. 1820. TRC 2014.0831.

Detain of a christening veil made from Brussels net lace, c. 1820. TRC 2014.0831.

Lace is one of the finest fabrics that human hands can produce. It has been made, in its many forms, for centuries and reflects changes in life style, fashion and technology. But there are many questions around the concept of lace, including what actually is lace? How is it made? And how can you identify the various forms? These are the main questions (and there are many more) that will be answered during the two-day course.

The aim of the course is for the participants to understand the basics of the main techniques, and to look at and study the various tools and materials used during the process of lace making.

The first day is dedicated to identify the main types of lace – bobbin, knotted and looped techniques, as well as embroidered and appliqué forms. This section will include some practical work. The second day is dedicated to the identification of lace samples and personally making some (simple) examples of bobbin lace.

Participants will take part in the examination of various typical and more unusual samples of lace from the TRC Collection under the supervision of Olga Ieromina, a bobbin lace maker and curator in charge of the TRC’s lace collection. If you have any pieces of lace you would like help in identifying, then you are welcome to bring them.

Date: 4 and 5 November 2017. Time: 10.00 – 16.00. Location: TRC Leiden, Hogewoerd 164, 2351 HW Leiden, The Netherlands. Lecturer: Olga Ieromina. Language: English. Advance registration required ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Fees: 125 euro (with half to be paid in advance upon receipt of invoice). Number of participants: between 6 and 12.

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The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
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