An Introduction to Wire Bobbin Lace

With Lauran Sundin

In this introductory workshop Lauran will lead you through considerations about selecting wire, adapting, and winding your bobbins and perfecting the beautiful dance of bobbins which results in her remarkably even wire bobbin lace.

After some initial exercises, she will guide you through a small project which will allow you to work through the hole process of making a unique and sophisticated piece of jewelry; from starting, working the lace, finishing the ends and attaching findings.

This is a special opportunity to learn from a master of her craft.

About your tutor:

Lauran’s roots in England and Scotland engendered reverence for the traditional fiber crafts.  Born in Rhode Island, USA, her childhood in history-rich New England helped cement core values that her artwork would respect the past.  Teenage years in California exposed her to contemporary design and Japanese-style open-plan living, leading her to explore Japanese culture. 

She studied Japanese textiles at the University of Hawaii. There she came to understand that a piece of artwork, however complex in its design and execution could be simple and elegant.

The limitations of loom weaving led her to seek other techniques, particularly off-loom. Her pursuits took her to Guatemala, where she studied dimensional overshot back strap weaving and to Japan studying Kumihimo braiding. Eventually, she was led to traditional bobbin lace making and studied modern interpretations of the technique in Denmark coming to realize that the technique allowed her to actually “weave in any direction”.

You can see Lauran's artist page here.