The first time I saw someone making lace was at a ‘Harvest Fair’, back in the Netherlands, where also different crafts were demonstrated. After having been on the waiting list for two years, I started lace classes in 1987 and continued with them until I moved to Edinburgh in 1999. Quite soon after, I joined the Edinburgh Lace Club. Over the years, I have been Secretary and Treasurer and, in 2016, I became Chair Person. It is always a challenge to fit in making lace with other crafts, hillwalking, travelling, gardening and, last but not least, work.
After the school cardigan knitting was over in the 1990s, I started lacemaking classes at The Embroidery Shop in Edinburgh. Work was challenging, so my progression with lace was slow. Torchon came first, which I still enjoy for its versatility. Now, the Continental laces, Flanders and Binche, are my favourites. Over the years, I’ve held various posts within Edinburgh Lace Club: Tea Lady, Course Co-ordinator, Secretary, Chairperson and, at present, I am Treasurer. I was one of the organisers for our very successful 35th Anniversary Exhibition in August 2015. Back to Tea Lady again after this!
Although I love all crafts related to fabric and fibres, I started making lace relatively late in my life, in 2013, at The Edinburgh Summer School Lace Course at Heriot-Watt University. The drive to do this was the discovery that my four times great grandmother had been a lacemaker in Buckinghamshire. After retiring from teaching later that year, I joined the Edinburgh Lace Club and continued making lace. I became Tea Lady for a couple of years and then Secretary in 2015. I am now trying to expand my lacemaking repertoire into Flanders, Binche and, at the moment, contemporary lace.
In 2010, I started making lace and I have been hooked ever since. The first thing that attracted me to it was the bobbins. I remember seeing old bobbins at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Northern Ireland and was intrigued by them, wondering what they were for. I have been making lace ever since. I enjoy making Torchon and Flanders, and have recently starting learning Bucks, but I truly love to design my own contemporary lace. I also design and sell kits via my website. During my time with the Edinburgh Lace Club, I have been Librarian and am now the Course Co-ordinator.
I had my first introduction to bobbin lace when I attended The Edinburgh Summer School Lace Course at Heriot-Watt University for two days in July 2013. Lace was put on hold until October 2016, when I was invited to join a small group of ladies who make lace every Monday afternoon. I have tackled Torchon and am now learning the joys of Flanders. I joined the Edinburgh Lace Club Committee in November 2017.