Idrija Lace: jewellery / accessories / traditional



Idrija Lace is a tape lace that uses only five/seven pairs of bobbins, but enables you to make a wide variety of patterns. You can make rings, bracelets, brooches, ear rings, necklaces, or hair accessories as well as some of the more traditional items such as mats, edging, and inserts for mounting on/in fabric (eg; table cloth centre, t-shirts, or blouse sleeves).

You can work either in white, ecru, cotton, linen, silk, metallic threads, or even mixed colours and I have experimented with all of them successfully.

Idrija lace originated in Slovenia, near the Alps in Italy. Traditionally it was made by the women of this mining town, to supplement the family income. To this day they still teach Idrija lace in their schools, to children as young 6 years old.

Techniques you will use/learn are; cloth, half, & double stitches, as well as foot-side edge, turning-stitch and sewings, if you are not already proficient in them. Depending upon your progress there are also other Idrija Techniques to be learnt and will be supported by appropriate hand-outs.

Intermediate & advance lace makers can even learn to make a variety of Cantu-flowers within the tape to enhance the patterns and learn additional Idrija techniques.

The underlying objectives are to create a crisp firm lace, whilst focusing on tension, to produce a pleasing & good end product.

You may notice that some of the apparent simple pieces are labelled 'advance' and this is because they actually require a lot of thought in advance to make them look so simple.

This lace would be an ideal step forward, if you are a beginner on your journey to more advanced laces and it is also ideal for lace makers to take out with them to work on at Lace Groups or Lace Days whilst chatting to friends.

Idrija Lace is easy to pick-up & put-down when you have that spare moment and is also ideal for making quick and effective eye-catching gifts, card inserts, festive decorations, and presents.

Tina has passed her City and Guilds teaching qualification and in 2019 Tina was engaged by Pinewood Studios to make lace and teach the actresses for the filming of the BBC Black Narcissus series.

Tina has 28yrs experience in making bobbin lace, able to teach in;- Binche, Bedfordshire, Chrysanthemum, Flanders, Honiton, Idrija, Milanese, Russian & Torchon. She is also able to provide guidance to those wishing to start;- Bucks-point, Hinojosa & Duchesse/Withof.
If you have any questions do please get in touch for more information.

Unlike other course providers, there will be no paperwork for you to fill in, however I would appreciate feedback and for you to leave a review for this course.

The Course will be held within the Effingham area and Tina will send detail direction Maps & Instructions to everyone attending.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Hand-outs for techniques used and guidance where appropriate.

Personal individual tuition.
Groups are kept small, but whilst covid restrictions are in place, class sizes will be kept to a maximum of 5 students.

Refreshments (Tea/Coffee) are normally offered, but when covid restrictions are in place please bring your own drinks and in either event do remember your packed lunches.

Tina has covid procedures and protocols in place and is willing to share these with anyone interested in booking this course.

The tutor also has patterns to buy, or offer suggestions of where to obtain them from.


Tina Pedrick at Tina Pedrick Bobbin Lace Maker
South Bookham Space
Dorking Road
KT23 4PB

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
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Nicole Corbin - - #31488

I attended this course last week and it was excellent.

Tina was very patient and taught me enough techniques so I can complete the piece of lace that I was making by myself.

At one point where I was totally stuck, Tina patiently undid my lace to a point where I could continue.

I throughly recommend this course.

Response from Tina Pedrick Bobbin Lace Maker:

Hello Nicole

Well what praise indeed!
Pleased to hear that you have learnt enough and feel confident to finish the bangle. I would love to see the completed piece, do send a picture. Please do get in touch if you have any problems.

I hope to see you again in the future.
Regards Tina

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