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Learn to make lace - Honiton lace workshop

Honiton Lace - Beginner's Flower

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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. Where by 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!

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/or 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 three day workshop ( price £30.00 per day), will give you a good grounding of this laces techniques, but if you can only manage one day come and give it a try. The tutor does have limited equipment available to loan/for sale.

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 most welcome.

Tina has been making lace for 26 years. She is willing to teach in the following lace techniques:- Binche, Bedfordshire, Crysanthemum, Flanders, Honiton, Idrija, Milanese, Russian and Torchon. She is also willing to teach beginners.

Class size: 5 Students (max).

Effingham is accessed from the A246, M25/A3, there are bus routes from Leatherhead and Guildford. Local train stations at Effingham Jct and Bookham are 2 miles away.

Please get in touch for details and bookings.

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?

Tea and Coffee along with biscuits will be provided, please bring a packed lunch.


Tina Pedrick at Tina Pedrick Bobbin Lace Maker
1 Victory Cottages
Guildford Road
KT24 5NN
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  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
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  • Teenagers

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5 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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- - #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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