Project Description

Unfortunately, this workshop will not be taking place on its planned date due to the Museum’s temporary closure. We are in communication with the instructor to set up a new date for this workshop to take place.

Please contact Joan at regarding rescheduling or any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Bobbin Lace Design: “Painting” with Ground Stitches, with Pierre Fouché

In this workshop, visiting artist Pierre Fouché will introduce the idea of using ground stitches like brushstrokes, using an understanding of the basic building blocks of each stitch and how it interacts with the net. Fouché will explain and demonstrate that free-form grounds drawn with a variety of these building blocks can have the expressive character of a charcoal drawing or a watercolor painting.

This workshop will teach you the basic units of four ground stitch families: two-pair crossings in bias- and hexagonally arranged nets; four-pair crossings; and finally, three variations on six-pair crossings and their interactions with the net. You will practice applying these basic units in a free-form, doodle-like design of your own abstract piece of lace, in a process similar to playing Tetris with lace ground motif-shaped tiles, or building a wall with differently shaped Lego bricks.

You will leave with a greater understanding of the basic geometry of the most popular ground stitches, which will enrich your craft in numerous ways. Being able to recognize a variety of grounds that can be worked on an existing pricking will provide the freedom to easily adapt existing designs with grounds of your own choice. It will also unlock the art of rapid ground exchanges within the same design area which can have many creative applications.

An optional, second component of this workshop is a series of feedback and mentorship sessions scheduled for the second day. Fouché will facilitate these sessions to convey the benefits of communal feedback, and explain how to host your own peer-to-peer mentorship sessions with your local groups and lace friends. The second day of the workshop will offer a more free-form schedule, with some students working on their designs while others are engaged in the mentorship sessions. All levels of lacemakers are welcome to attend this workshop. Absolute beginners are welcome with the understanding that you will have to work more independently on day two if you are not presenting at the optional mentorship sessions.

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  • Time: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 P.M.
  • 2 days: Saturday, June 27 & Sunday, June 28
  • Instructor: Pierre Fouché
  • Tuition: $400; Member: $380
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 P.M.
  • 2 days: Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1
  • Instructor: Pierre Fouché
  • Tuition: $400; Member: $380