Honiton lace workshop



Learn the traditional heritage craft of lace making with an experienced lace maker.

Honiton lace was made in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as a cottage industry and provided a meagre livelihood for those making the lace in Devon and probably Somerset. In the early part of the 20th century it was still taught in schools in Devon.

Today Honiton lace is made for pleasure, and often seen displayed in the home of a bobbin lace maker, in a variety of ways. Occasionally it can be seen on a Wedding Veil or Christening Robe that has been produced by a Lace-maker who wishes to ensure that Honiton lace is displayed the way it was originally intended, just like it was on Queen Victoria's wedding dress.

Honiton Lace is made with very fine thread, beginning with thread as fine as 120/2 ,or you may find some as fine as 200/2 & you also have a coarse pair, using 50 sewing thread. Honiton lace is what is called 'Sprig Lace' or Motif lace. Whereby there are solid braids of lace, often several small bits joined together, and the spaces in between are often decorative fillings. I enjoy this lace as you can make your version of a pattern, or you can make your own patterns from a line drawing, with the right know how.

Tina is willing to mentor anyone thinking of doing the Lace Guild 'Foundation Assessment' for Honiton Lace and has recently mentored a student through Lace Guild 'Foundation Assessment' for Torchon Lace.

So if you have never tried Honiton Lace and would like to try, why not come along and learn:- How to dress the pillow, to set up the piece and start a braid in whole & half stitch, adding a coarse pair, hanging new pairs in whole stitch & half Stitch, a twisted vein, tying the runners, make a back stitch/blind pin, bowing off bobbins, to cross the coarse thread, sewing out using a needle pin, removing pairs in whole & half stitch.

To get the most out of learning Honiton this four day workshop, will give you a good grounding of this laces techniques, but if you can only manage one day come and give it a try (£40 p/d). The tutor does have limited equipment available to loan or for sale and can advise on the purchase of new/additional equipment as required.

If you already make Honiton lace either come along and enjoy having the chance to work on your current Honiton project, or why not come and start a new pattern and learn a new technique with me. If you want to come and make a different lace you are also most welcome.

Tina has been making lace for 28 years. She is willing to teach in the following lace types:- Binche, Bedfordshire, Crysanthemum, Flanders, Honiton, Idrija, Milanese, Russian & Torchon. She is also able to provide guidance to beginners wishing to start making;- Bucks-point, Hinojosa, & Duchesse/Withof.
If you have any questions to 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.

Effingham is on the A246, and has bus routes from Leatherhead & Guildford, Effingham Junction & Bookham stations are both about 2mls away, or accessible via M25/A3.

Tina has direction Maps & Instructions for anyone 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.


Tina Pedrick at Tina Pedrick Bobbin Lace Maker
1 Victory Cottages
Guildford Road
KT24 5NN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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Nicole Corbin - - #21123

A very enjoyable course. Tina is both knowledgeable and patient.
I will be attending more of her courses.

Response from Tina Pedrick Bobbin Lace Maker:

Good Afternoon Nicole
It was lovely to see you last Saturday at the Idrija Workshop, and very happy that you enjoyed the day. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece at your next visit to a Workshop, as it will be good to see the finished piece worked in a silk thread. Thanks for your continued support.

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