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.
Idrija lace originated in Slovenia, near the Alps in Italy. Traditional it was made by the women of this mining town, to supplement the family income. Today they still teach lace in the schools to children as young 6 years old.
Techniques you will use are Cloth, Half, & Double stitches as well as Foot-side edge and sewings, if you are not already proficient in these. Depending upon your progress there are also other Idrija Techniques to be leant and will be supported by appropriate hand-outs.
The underlying objectives are to create a crisp firm lace, whilst focusing on tensioning, to produce a pleasing good end product.
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 to take out with you to work on in 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 gift, card inserts, festive decorations & presents.
Intermediate / advance lace makers can even learn to make a variety of Cantu-flowers within the tape to enhance the patterns and learn additional techniques .
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Groups are kept to small 5 - 10 students.
Refreshments are provided, but remember to bring your own pack lunch.
The tutor also has patterns to buy, or offer suggestions of where to obtain them from and will also have hand outs of techniques.