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Cromford Studio and Gallery 27th-29th May 2017

Louise will be demonstrating bobbin lace and inviting everyone to have a go at this open art weekend. 

Martin Sloman has invited Louise along with Rebecca Morledge to demonstrate for the weekend and invites everyone to come along. 

Event is free and open between 10am and 5pm daily.

More details by contacting the gallery, Market Place, Cromford, DE4 3QE, tel. 01629 826434


poster for open arts weekend Cromford 2017

poster for open arts weekend Cromford 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

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

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

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. 

'In Fine Style' Exhibition at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

15th May 2013

A new exhibition 'In Fine Style:The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion, opened on 10th May and runs through to 6th October in the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace. 

Louise is featured on the digital audio visual guide given to visitors to the exhibition to explain how bobbin lace is made, as the paintings of the fashions feature a lot of lace.

The short film was shot by Edward Jarvis and is being used in this introduction to the exhibition to explain the process.

"It is a great privilege to part of this prestigious exhibition, I hope my explanation helps the visitors understand lace a little" Louise West

Louise was invited and attended the Private View on Monday evening (13th May) and was able to see the painting first hand.

A fabulous collection, wonderful depiction of lace and some other interesting artefacts as well, including lace loaned from the Bowes Museum. Well worth a vist.

Press release at and information also on Evolve -

The film footage was shot as part of the filming for the DVD - The Lacemakers:The forgotten story of English lace, but unused in the DVD. A couple of stills from the footage used at Buckingham Palace can be seen at