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Nominee in Arts and Crafts Design awards

29th November 2016

Nominee certificate for Arts and Crafts Design awards

Louise has received a nomination for the International Arts and Crafts Design Awards 2016 and is now featured on the website - These awards feature artists, designers and crafts people from all over the world and Louise feels very privileged to be included in the listings.

The results will be announced in January 2017.

Craft and Design Selected Maker Finalist 2016

12th April 2016

On 1st April 2016 an email was received "We're delighted to let you know that you are a Finalist in the Textiles & Needlecrafts category of our 2016 Selected Maker Awards - congratulations!"

I am thrilled to have got through to the finals with such a talented group of artists in the Textile category. I hope that seeing the lace in the Craft and Design magazine will inspire others to have a go at this enthralling craft. Final results for the Gold and two silver awards, and the overall winner are expected at the beginning of May. Thank you to all my supporters for voting.

Craft and Design 'Selected' Gallery

18th November 2015

Craft and Design Selected Maker logo

Louise is now featured on the Craft and Design Magazine website, Selected gallery.

This is part of their annual Selected makers awards, and voting will be open from January, allowing the public to vote on their favourites.

Louise's entry can be found at

Friargate Studios

1st March 2015

Friargate studios exterior photograph

From 1st March 2015 the business will be based at Friargate Studios, Ford St, Derby.

This move is to open up the workshops to more people, specifically disabled, as the new studio is now on the ground floor. This is something that I have been striving to achieve since the business started and has now been achieved. The new premises are modern and warm and fully disabled accessible.

Press release - Small Business Saturday UK 2014

4th November 2014

Small Business Saturday

Lacemaker selected for Small Business Saturday.

Local lacemaker Louise West is being featured as part of the Small Business Saturday promotion Small Biz100. Louise is be receiving this promotion of her business on 26th October, after being selected to be one of the 100 businesses to be featured on the run up to Small Business Saturday (6th December)

Louise is a graduate of the University of Derby and based at Bank's Mill Studios, Bridge St, Derby, where she runs the business teaching and designing handmade bobbin lace, and using the designs to produce fine silver jewellery.

"Lacemaking basics are easy to learn and almost anyone can benefit from this quiet, reflective and creative craft, with many students finding it therapeutic" says Louise.

The business developed from the passion of the historical and combining traditional with contemporary into jewellery, as well as enabling participation – to try something new.

Louise runs classes and workshops in Bobbin Lacemaking in Derby, Nottingham and Leicestershire, and longer courses nationally. She also runs workshops in Derby on Fine Silver jewellery and sells the jewellery locally and through the Evolve Website.

On 6th December Louise will be at the National Christmas Lacemakers Fair, Cranmore Park, Solihull, selling her jewellery.