Teaching Lace

I am also available to teach one off classes, weekend or longer residential courses in traditional bobbin lace, and lace design. Suitable for groups of up to 14 dependant on room size.  Courses can be tailored to your requirements.

Regular Classes

Derby Evening Class

An evening class in bobbin lace, held in Friar Gate studios every Tuesday 6pm-8pm (term time). Class suitable for all levels, individual tuition for all abilities. Cost £10 per session paid in half term blocks. (usually 6 weeks) 

6 Friar Gate Studios
Ford Street
United Kingdom

Nottingham Bobbin Class

A regular weekly class is held at Sherwood Community centre, Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham on a Monday afternoon, teaching from beginners through to experienced lacemakers in all areas of Torchon, Bucks Point and Bedfordshire bobbin lacemaking. The only prerequisite being the desire to learn bobbin lacemaking and to enjoy the sometimes challenging process. The class experience varies widely and all levels catered for.  For further details please contact. There are currently a couple of places available to start in September. Term starts 13th September.

Sherwood Community Centre
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom

Leicester Bi-monthly Class

I also teach a one day workshop at Whetstone Memorial Hall, High St, Whetstone, Leicestershire, once every two months

Dates for the next acedemic year - 16th October 2021, 12th February 2022, 9th April 2022, and 11th June 2022

Contact for further details and how to book.

One Off Workshops

From 1st March 2015 one day workshops have been offered at studio at Friar Gate Studios, Ford St, Derby.

Workshops will be for a maximum of 10 students, and will cater for all levels including complete beginners. Bookings now being taken for these. Cost will be £30 for the day, hours 10-4 and include drinks but please bring a packed lunch. Other dates available on request for small groups - contact with request. (currently restricted to 8 within the Derby studios)

The studio is on the ground floor and fully disabled accessible. Please contact before booking if you have any concerns and these can be discussed.

For more details and bookings click here

Also see Terms and conditions of booking - by booking you are agreeing to these terms and conditions as listed on this website.

Studio workshop in progress

Upcoming Workshops

New for 2022 - Lace in Jersey

Visit the island of Jersey in June for a 7 night break with lacemaking and a visit to the botanical garden.

18th June 2022 for 7 nights in the Royal Yacht Hotel, with 30 hours of lace tuition included. Bed, Breakfast and dinner, and a light buffet style lunch included. The holiday includes pick up/drop at the airport in Jersey, flights from East Midlands airport (other airports by contacting travel agent) and the visit to the Botanical gardens. The hotel has a spa and indoor swimming pool and is a short distance from the beach, in the middle of St Helier.

The course is suitable for all levels of lacemakers, and can include design if you feel inspired after your visit to the gardens. Any questions please ask.

Cost from £1793 per person for 2 sharing with £300 deposit to secure a place.

Booking via Ponders Travel, tel. 01954 232802 or by email [email protected]

Bedfordshire Lace Weekend

This is a two day course in Bedfordshire lace to give students a bit longer on their lace. The workshop will run 9.30-4.30 for the two days and be limited to 8 places. Tea/coffee will be provided but you need to bring your own lunch or buy something locally.  The course will be held at Friar Gate Studios in Derby. Next year's dates are 27th-28th August 2022

Cost is £75 for the two days.  

For booking online click Here 

Also see Terms and conditions of booking - by booking you are agreeing to these terms and conditions as listed on this website.

Missenden Abbey

New Weekend course in Bucks Point at the Missenden School of Creative Arts

26th-28th November 2021 - a weekend suitable for all levels in Bucks point.

This is a weekend course focusing on Bucks Point lace, both geometric and floral techniques, with individual tuition to work on your own project, or start something new. The option of designing or adapting patterns is also available, and the pattern can be supplied before the course by contacting the tutor. Throughout the weekend teaching will be through individual learning and group demonstrations of techniques as appropriate.

For more info and booking - contact Missenden Here

Currently full, with a waiting list...

Workshops held in Louise's studio at Friar Gate Studios, Derby. Suitable for all levels with disabled accessibility.
Shows the process for getting started with bobbin lace. Footage used in 'In Fine Style' exhibition, film by Edward Jarvis


Elaine Armes - "Thank you again for coming and giving us such a delightful course. We all learned something and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The angels and small patterns were beautiful and I look forward to making my Bucks point one very soon." Brigantes Lace Group Sept 2016

Maureen Allen - "Louise helped me complete my first pattern design in Bedfordshire. To say I was nervous about it was an understatement and my mind was a blank as I feel I lack creative vision. Louise helped me choose a single design element that I found attractive, then she showed me how to build up the layers adding other elements of Bedfordshire into the design to balance it out and 'fill' the space. I was so proud of the pattern when it was complete. Thank  you Louise, I will definitely have another go at a pattern." Lace Guild summer school, North Wales 2016

Jo P. "A superb beginners class, just what I needed to get me started"

Julie B "I would highly recommend Louise as a teacher"

David M "class size ideal - not too many on it"

Pat B. "Fantastic lace workshop, small numbers, bright airy room, plenty of help. Please arrange another one."

P.A.L. "Sept. Fab needlelace w-shop with 1 to 1 tuition. What a way to learn a new type of lace, thanks Louise"

Melanie T - "Highly recommended for all ages, I'm 18 and I have learnt so much in my 4/5 lessons so far!! It's great to learn something so delicate and beautiful."

Emma - "great class for any level, even the complete beginner"

Dawn Threlfall - "The weeks course was informative and taught with the individual attention we needed. I have never attended one of Louise's courses where there was not endless laughter and giggles. No matter our level of lace making,  you gave us the encouragement and  confidence to attempt our next pattern. Lace Guild Summer School, 2016

Sally Smiddy - We would like to say an enormous thank you to Louise for coming down to Hertfordshire for the 1st Lace & Sparkle weekend teaching Bedfordshire Lace. All who attended commented on Louise's knowledge and her inspiration to progress. Everyone went home happy and looking forward to the next weekend in October. July 2016

Becca - "Very rewarding - great sense of achievement at the end of the day. The beginnings of a new lacemaker"

Jean - "It was very interesting, almost addicted to it during the lesson"

Joyce - "Interesting and knowledgeable class that improves your fashion history interest"

Melanie - "Was brilliant, amazing teacher and loved the class"

Kate W - "Would highly recommend workshop - learnt lots of technique with many applications, inspirational and in a lovely setting"

Mel B - "Learnt to work exquisite lace from the beginning with a teacher who is approachable, knowledgeable and speaks with clarity"