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Lace Making for beginners at The Regency Town House

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13 Brunswick Square

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Learn Torchon Lace Making at The Regency Town House with Margaret Vick.

1 day beginner’s workshop

10 – 4pm 27th July 2019

Margaret Vick started lacemaking at Crayford Manor House over 40 years ago. She began teaching adult education classes in 1996. Latterly she’s been teaching private classes in Eltham, Barnehurst and Bexley and at an after school club at her local primary school. She is a member of the Lace Guild and Treasurer of the Tonbridge Lacemakers.

During the workshop at The Regency Town House Margaret will be instructing participants specifically in the technique of Torchon lace-making as well as talking about the use and making of Honiton, Bucks Point and Bedfordshire lace. There will be the possibility of completing a bookmark during the day.

This one-off workshop is being run as part of The Regency Wardrobe project. It’s being organised by the Artist-in-residence, Stephanie Smart, at The Regency Town House 2018-2020, who will be exhibiting a collection of garments constructed from paper and thread on site in May 2020 and who will attend the lace-making workshop.

Tea, coffee, some homemade cake and all materials will be provided, please bring a packed lunch or there are many local cafés. This workshop take place in the beautiful & atmospheric Regency Town House which is a grade 1 listed Town House being restored to its 1830s glory. It is close to Hove's sea front.

Torchon lace was made all over Europe. It is continuous, with the pattern made at the same time as the ground. Torchon lace is notable for being coarse and strong, with simple geometric patterns and straight lines. Torchon lace was used by the middle classes for edging or insertion, and also to trim cotton and linen underwear, where it was ideal because of its strength and because it was inexpensive.

Due to its simplicity, torchon lace is generally the first lace a lacemaker learns to make and has been since at least the 19th century. It only requires a few bobbins and uses thicker thread than other laces, which makes it easier to learn on. It is also the simplest of all the grounded laces. Beggar's lace is an alternative term for torchon lace.






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