Spring Fling 2011
Columbiere Conference Center
Clarcksont, Mi
9075 Big Lake Rd

English Laces: Beds, Bukcsk, Honiton, ETC. With Holly Van Sciver.

There is something for everyone in this course.  Choose from Bedfordshire, Lester, Bucks, Honiton or even Torchon at any level.  Whether you start a new project or continue with an ongoing project this course is tailored to suit your lacemaking interests and level.  Choose a lace style then consult with the instructor to select an appropriate pattern that will advance your skill.  Invisible starts and finishes will be addressed in all laces and levels. 

The photo of the Bedfordshire butterfly is only one of dozens of patterns available to the student, not necessarily the one that will be selected.  This butterfly combines the skills of Honiton and Bedfordshire at the intermediate level and requires basic Bedfordshire skills.

Because of the broad content of this course, students must select a lace technique then contact the instructor directly to be “fitted” to a pattern and instructional goal.

Holly has been a student and teacher of lacemaking for over 35 years.  Originally trained in England, she specializes in teaching the 19th century English laces.  She has taught and lectured in the United States, Canada and Europe for the International Old Lacers, regional lace guilds, national lace conferences, museums, historical societies, universities and professional organizations.  Holly is a leader in teaching the fundamentals underlying lacemaking theory and design.  She is the founder of the Finger Lakes Lace Guild and owner of Van Sciver Bobbin Lace, which has served to promote lacemaking worldwide since 1981.   

Pam’s Potpourri – Knitting lace, Hardanger, Blackwork, Rings and Chains (very beginning tatting)

Students will choose to work in one discipline or more.  Learn to decipher knitted lace charts and cast on for circular knitting.  Work a blackwork motif, dabble in Hardanger kloster blocks, or conquer that double stitch to start tatting.  All levels welcome.

Lace knitting in the round for intermediate or adventurous knitters requires a set of double pointed needles size US #1, size 10 crochet hook, and size 20 crochet cotton.  Beginning lace knitters straight size US #3 or #4 needles and sport weight or baby yarn.  For Hardanger sizes 8 and 12 pearl cotton, suitable size tapestry needle, and sharp pointed embroidery scissors will be used on a 6 inch square piece of even weave linen fabric  (26 threads per inch).  Blackwork requires a sharp embroidery needle and a 6-inch square piece of even weave linen fabric (26 threads to the inch).  Thread will be provided.  To learn a little tatting the teacher will supply shuttles and thread, or bring your own to work with. There will be many options available with the attending vendors.

I started knitting lace many years ago when patterns were scarce.   In 1980 I discovered and joined the Great Lakes Lace Group Inc., which greatly broadened my lace resources.  Since then I have taught knitted lace classes at GLLGI Spring Flings and also several IOLI conventions.  Last year (2009) my knitted lace stole won Best of Show in the Knitted Accessory category of the MI State Fair.   My other interests include learning bucks point lace and counted thread embroidery techniques.  I have taught blackwork at an IOLI convention but this will be my first time to share Hardanger with others.  I refer to myself as a closet tatter, so I really cannot go past the basics but I know that sometimes the hardest part is just getting started and I know enough to help with that.  You may be taking Mike Myers class next time!  

Romanian Point Lace – Lynda Wetherell             

Romanian Point Lace is a needle lace with a crochet cord. We will talk about how to make a pattern, learn to make the crochet cord and how to couch the cord to the pattern. We will learn at least four filler stitches in this class. The project that we will be making will be in color.  All levels welcome.

Course materials the student is required to bring to class: 1. Scissors; 2. #10 or #11 crochet hook; 3. Light (Not required but may be helpful); 4. Magnifier ( Not required but may be helpful). Kit students will be required to purchase at a cost of $8.00. Contents of kit: Pattern, pre-made cord, needles for sewing, instructions (for cord & all stitches used in pattern), enough thread to complete pattern and learn to make cord.          

I have been making bobbin lace since about 2004. I took my first class in Romanian Point Lace at Spring Fling 2005 with Doina Craciun. I taught my first RPL class in 2008, and many one on one. I have designed several patterns for RPL. There are many other crafts that I enjoy, knitting, crocheting, painting lace with a hypodermic syringe, and wood working to name a few. I love to teach and share the arts and crafts that I have learned.

Judy Zeiss – Bruges Flower Lace (Brugs Bloemwerk)

Bruges lace is a ‘non-continuous’ lace, made in pieces and connected with plaits and fillings.  The student will learn to make the Bruges flower, from which the lace gets it’s name.  Scrolls and/or leaves are added to create a lovely piece to frame or wear.  Thread selection can be white or ecru or the lacemaker’s choice.  Near beginners are welcome as well as those who have made Bruges lace before.  Techniques learned in this class can be used in working other laces: using the magic thread, repeat pins, raised sewings and continuous tying off of threads.  The student may choose to work his/her lace flower if desired (additional thread must be wound to do so).  Minimum skills required are cloth, half and whole stitches, having done a few sewings, and able to tension to prevent a wave.

Course materials required to bring to class:  Cookie pillow 18-20 inches; Continental bobbins (about 50) wound in pairs with appropriate thread for pattern; medium pins (no heads) pincushion.  Threads:  Londonderry 80/3, Bockens 60/2, Fresia 80/3, DMC Cotton Perle #12 or equivalents, metallic for edges if desired. Also, Crochet hook #14, eyes out (threaded), pin pusher, bobbin holders – 3 or 4, such as knitted stitch holder or tongue depressors with elastic, scissors (for cutting threads), cover cloth, lamp and/or magnifier (optional).


I began leaning to make bobbin lace while living in Belgium 29 years ago.  Following our two years there, we were transferred to Wales where I learned to make the fine laces.  I have been back to Bruges to improve my techniques and was there again two years ago to appreciate their city and lace exhibits.  I continue to attend lace workshops to learn new and/or improve my lace skills.  I teach weekly classes in my home.  I have taught at many GLLGI Spring Flings and IOLI Conventions.  I am a past President of the GLLGI, current President of the Mid-Michigan Lace Makers, and Certified Lace Teacher by GLLGI.


Learn several techniques from panels from a fan.  Each panel will present a technique to learn according to the student’s preference.  Skills required are beyond basics. Students need to know ring, chain, joins, picots, working with 2 shuttles.  Mixed skill levels welcome.

 Here is a piece I tatted for my niece’s wedding dress.  It exemplifies some of the techniques and designs that I will include in the class. The piece shown is 4” tall and was done in Coron Cotton size 160.  The thread tats up finer than some sewing threads.  Of course I don’t expect anyone in my class to tat with thread that fine. Just whatever size and type of thread and color they are comfortable with.

I have been tatting and teaching for 24 years.  I also have been doing bobbin lace for seven years and have taught the basics.  I maintain and enjoy working on my website: www.tat-man.net and am also webmaster for IOLI..




The GLLGI Teacher Certification Program is set up to certify Beginning Bobbin Lace Teachers and Tatting Teachers.  Attendance at a Primary Phase seminar is required to begin the Teacher Certification process. This is a 12-hour seminar that covers many issues from copyright law, psychology of teaching, evaluation techniques, common problems encountered in teaching and hints and tips for assembling the required notebook.  It will be a class portion of the 2011 Spring Fling, May 20, 21, 22, 2011

To become a registered applicant to the program a fee of $20 is required.  This fee covers the cost of the guideline booklet and other administrative activity.  Anyone may attend the Primary Phase Seminar without obligation to become a registered candidate.

Notebook evaluation - One session of the Primary Phase focuses on preparation of the notebooks.  When the notebooks have been completed they are forwarded to the committee for evaluation.

Observed Teaching - You will be observed while teaching a class.  The committee makes all teaching arrangements.  There is an additional fee for the evaluation phase.  The fee is determined by the circumstances at the time of the teaching session, i.e., cost for using a classroom, supplies and other miscellaneous expenses.  Currently this fee is $50, but could change based on the above.

After completing the teaching session and notebook review, a conference is scheduled to discuss the comments from both reviews.

You do not have to be a member of Great Lakes Lace Group Inc. to apply for the Teacher Certification Program.

Because of the complexity of the program and the presentation format it is necessary for candidates to come to Michigan for both the primary phase and the evaluation phase.

A period of three years is allowed to complete the certification process after attending the seminar.

Members of Great Lake Lace Group Inc developed this Teacher Certification Program.  It is not affiliated in any way with any other lace organization. 

Contact:   Barbara Bulgarelli, Chairman GLLGI TC Program.                
or             Kathleen J. Campbell, GLLGI TC Program member.