Needle Lace Narratives

With Maggie Hensel-Brown

In this workshop, participants will create a piece of narrative needle lace, telling a story or depicting a scene from their own lives.

This will involve:

• Designing a simple pattern that depicts a scene from the participant’s life (This can involve drawing freehand, collage, photography, etc. So don’t worry if you don’t feel confident with drawing.)

• Creating the pattern in a way that will work best as a piece of needle lace

• Working with different colours and stitches to bring out different elements of the lace

This workshop uses a range of needle lace techniques. Workshop participants will preferably have a basic knowledge of needle lace stitches, but patterns can be adapted for beginners too.

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About your tutor:

Maggie Hensel-Brown is an emerging Australian artist.


In late 2015 she began learning Reticella, a needle lace technique dating from 15th Century Italy. She then studied other ancient lacemaking methods in sewing circles across Italy and England. Her aim is to expose these crafts to a wider audience and to give credit to the people who have been silently working with these masterful techniques for centuries.


Hensel-Brown’s works have incorporated and modernized these crafts, using the tradition of pictorial laceworks to depict contemporary and ordinary life. Her works often depict anger, frustration, loneliness and small moments of joy, each built up from tiny stitches in silk, updating the techniques and bringing them into the 21st century.

You can see Maggie's artist page here.