Needle Lace Vessels

With Kathryn Harris

Vessels, whether appreciated for functionality or admired as pure sculpture, have been a mainstay of human endeavor. In this workshop we will be turning needle lace making, a traditionally 2-dimensional art, into a 3-dimensional vessel format. You will learn how to create various shaped “buttons,” which will serve as the base of your own vessels. Then working either over a form or freehand (quite literally executing “punto in aria “or “stitches in the air”), your vessels will gradually take shape. We will work with various stitches and learn to incorporate multiple colors in one form. The choice of materials, forms and possible embellishments will also be covered.

As a bonus, you will appreciate how quickly your vessels can be completed. That is because they are worked in a single circular path without the need for setting up a preliminary cordonet as in traditional flat needle lace.


The workshop will be exploratory and playful. Setting lace making free from its 2-dimensional constraints opens the door for amazing artistic possibilities. I am excited to see what you, as lace enthusiasts, will create as I feel I have only scratched the surface of what is possible with these sculptural lace making techniques!

About your tutor:

Kathryn Harris has been involved in the fiber field for over 40 years, previously working at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She holds an MFA degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and her sculptural fiber work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She headed the Fiber Studies program in the Department of Art, Design & Art History at San Diego State University, teaching classes in Fiber Construction and Surface Design until retiring in 2013.

Kathryn continues to explore the delicate tracery of lace work in vessel forms. She also produces a separate body of work that explores pure geometric forms in space, using bugle beads and steel cable. Because of her love of teaching, she offers workshops and lectures on many different aspects of the fiber field. She resides in San Diego, California, USA.

You can see Kathryn's artist page here.