Bobbin lace basics *
Teacher: Angelika Nöps
Angelika Nöps defended her Master’s thesis in 2015 at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy Estonian Native Crafts Department. The aim of her thesis, „The use, spread and reconstruction of metal bobbin lace in Estonian folk costumes during the 18th – 19th centuries based on the collection of the Estonian National Museum“ was to learn about the origin and purpose of metal bobbin lace in Estonia.
Angelika has made bobbin lace over 20 years. She is very interested in studying old traditional lace of Estonian folk costumes. She is a co-author of the first bobbin lace tutor „Eestimaa pitsid“ that was published in 2013.
The first known items of Estonian folk costume lace were made probably at the end of the 17th century. Estonian peasantry appreciated beauty, therefore lace was used to decorate caps, coifs, aprons and midriff blouses. Estonian traditional lace was typically made as a freehand lace or in Torchon style, therefore they are very simple.
Participants will learn the basic skills - to read a technical drawing and to make a small sample of bobbin lace out of thread. The sample can be turned into a bookmark or a bracelet.
The equipment is provided by the organizers, if you have your own bobbins and pillow you can bring them along. The workshop is suitable both for beginners, no prior exprience in lace making is required.