We are now based at the Egham Hythe Community Centre.
We now meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10 am-12 noon. The room has good light and space for us to spread out our equipment.
The present members of the group are learning the old craft of bobbin lace (as opposed to knitted, tatted, crochet or needle lace.) Bobbin lace was a cottage industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, mainly in the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Devon. Thread is wound onto bobbins which are moved in such a way so that the thread is woven in intricate patterns following a pattern or ‘pricking’ pinned to a lace pillow. Today, bobbin lace is made for personal use as a hobby. A wide variety of threads in different colours and thicknesses are used to make both traditional lace and more contemporary pieces.
Members of the group began by learning some basic stitches using thick threads and are now moving onto more intricate designs and finer thread according to their own wishes. Everyone is able to work at their own pace on their individually chosen projects.
As well as concentrating on making lace on their pillows, the group exchanges skills and knowledge, and help each other to progress in this interesting craft.
The group welcomes more people interested in learning this old and fascinating craft.
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