Why Make Lace?


A question for lace makers and for who would like to learn...


In response to the changing times we are living through, the theme of the 2021 edition of

Doily Free Zone is Sustenance.

Sustaining creativity, sustaining traditions and technical know-how, and sustaining our community.

We will not be meeting in Italy this time but we are determined to make this digital Symposium & Lace Camp the most nourishing lace experience possible.

The 12-13 June 2021 the symposium will be held live online & the workshops with some of the most talented lace makers around will go live!

All of the workshops are pre-recorded so you can work through them at your own pace, and you can relax, they will be available in your user area for as long as DFZ extists, an we hope that will be a long time :)


We have a remarkable line-up of lace makers who will be speaking about their work and research as well as a selection of knowledgeable and generous tutors who will be sharing their knowledge.

Lace Camp 2021 is going to be so inspiring...


When will the Symposium be?

The live events will take place over the weekend of the 12-13 June 2021 in various time zones, we will also be doing some mini webinars in the lead up so everyone can practice.

What is included in my DFZ 2021 registration?

You will receive access to the live symposium presentations and panel discussions as well as lifetime access to the recordings and 11 online workshops which cover a variety of bobbin and needle lace techniques as well as a couple of bonuses to push your creativity! We will also produce an e-book about the featured artists which will be sent to you in June 2021.

How much does registration cost?

Registration for DFZ 2021& Lace Camp costs US$239, but you can also attent the symposium without Lace Camp for US$39

What will I need to participate in the Workshops?

You can see a materials list for the workshops here.

Do I need to know how to make lace?

No! Actually I know a whole team of tutors who would love to teach you, and I will be running monthly classes (starting October 1) on the platform to get everyone ready for Lace Camp.

How long will I have access to the workshops?

Forever! So you can work through them at your own pace or even go back over them multiple times.

Where will the symposium and Lace Camp be held?

We will host it on an app named Namastream. It is an online teaching software which was developed by two really inspiring, independent women, just the kind of people we love to support. When you sign up for DFZ 2021 you will be taken to the app where you will be asked to create a user name and log in, then you will have your very own virtual Doily Free Zone.

What if I am not good with technology?

You can get in touch with us here and we will try to help you. We will do some practice presentations so everyone feels confident by June 2021.

How long are the workshops?

We have planned them to be the equivalent of live 2-day workshops and each has between 1.5 and 2 hours of video divided into lessons which guide you through the course one step at a time.

Can men sign up for Lace Camp?

Of course! DFZ is for everyone who loves lace!

Who organizes DFZ?

DFZ is hosted by TextileSupport and is the brainchild of the director Angharad Rixon you can find out more about her here.

What if I love doilies?

That's ok, the name is just a bit cheeky ;)