Lace 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.

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


All workshops can now be found in the shop and bookable online there, for dates and booking click here.


Week long course in French Alps, 2020

Additionally, Louise will be teaching at Les Carroz, French Alps for the Alpine experience between 14th and 20th June 2020. This is the third year the course has run and is always a fantastic week. The course has small class numbers, first class accommodation and food, and includes transfers from Geneva airport or local railway stations. For more info see the website


2020 weekend course:

Two day weekend course for Bedfordshire

29th - 30th August

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 10 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. 

Cost is £65 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.


New for 2020.

Missenden Abbey

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

24th-26th April - 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



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

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

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"

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"

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

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"

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."