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The Lace Guild Spring School 2017 - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Cober Hill Hotel
Claughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0AR

Monday 27th–Friday 31st March, 2017

Gil Dye — Early Bobbin Lace
Jean Leader — Bedfordshire and Bucks Point Lace
Sue Duckles — Tatting and Tatted Jewellery

Cober Hill is a 1920’s Victorian mansion, steeped in history and set in 11 acres of stunning grounds nestled in the North York Moors National Park and Heritage Coast.

Beautiful lounges overlook the gardens, croquet lawn and tennis courts. The meadows, jubilee garden and secret garden provide both inspiration and tranquillity.

Locally sourced produce is used for a seasonally changing menu, ensuring freshness and flavour, and the head chef is happy to cater for all your dietary needs. The Cober team will aim to make your stay a relaxing and memorable one.

Scarborough railway station is just 15 minutes by car and there is a regular bus service that runs from door to door. The hotel can also arrange for you to be collected by taxi.

Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Bempton Cliffs, Filey and Bridlington are between 15 – 25 minutes away. The nearest city is York and Leeds/Bradford and Manchester are the nearest airports.

Early Bobbin Lace with Gil Dye

Gil is an experienced lace maker, teacher and speaker with a particular interest in early bobbin lace. She is author of a wide range of books and articles, including beginners’ guides to needle and bobbin lace and a four-part series on 16th and 17th century bobbin lace.

In this Early Lace course Gil will be sharing the results of ten years of research into sixteenth and seventeenth century bobbin lace. Beginners (even those who have made no bobbin lace) and experienced lacemakers will be equally welcome.

A major strand of Gil’s research is the reproduction of surviving lace and lace on portraits, working in linen, silk or metallic threads. Making these laces will form the core of the course. There will be a graded series of patterns for newcomers to early lace, and opportunities for those with more experience to work on individual projects. (Please contact the tutor via her website if you have a specific project in mind).

Gil will encourage the sharing of information about early lace and the context in which it was made with photos, samples and other material from her extensive research available for study.

Bedfordshire and Bucks Point Lace with Jean Leader

Jean will be teaching Bedfordshire and Bucks Point lace for all levels. If you’re a beginner to either style of lace you will be introduced to the basic techniques, if you’ve worked some before you can widen your knowledge and move on to more complicated patterns, and if you already have considerable experience then you can progress to floral Bucks Point or Bedfordshire or increase your skills in these laces. Jean will contact everyone before the class so that she can suggest prickings suitable for the level at which they will be working. She will also be happy to answer questions or give advice about suitable pillows, bobbins and threads.

Jean has been teaching lacemaking for over twenty-five years, both at home and abroad. For the Lace Guild she has written ‘An Introduction to Bucks Point Lace’ and ‘An Introduction to Bedfordshire Lace’, in addition to articles for ‘Lace’ on various topics. She has also published two books of her own Bedfordshire patterns and edited a collection of Bucks Point patterns designed by Joyce Symes. As a result of teaching a workshop on Colour in Torchon at an IOLI Convention, Jean was invited to make a video on this subject and this was followed two years later by another video, this time on Intermediate Skills in Bucks Point Lace. After the Lace Guild Collection acquired the Rose Sample Book, which contained over 800 small samples of Bedfordshire lace dating from the 1860s, Jean studied the techniques used in these samples and discovered that they were often different from those found in books today. These alternative techniques can be very useful when working old prickings or even designing new patterns. You can find out more about Jean’s lacemaking interests together with some patterns and details of useful techniques on her website at

Tatting and Tatted Jewellery with Sue Duckles

Being a child of the ‘50’s, born towards the end of the ‘baby boomers’ in East Yorkshire, Sue grew up with fabrics and thread and wool all over the house — the trials of having a dressmaker mother, and grandmother who was a knitaholic. Brought up to ‘make do and mend’ meant that she hates throwing away. Scraps of thread can be used as can fabric etc. Colours feature in her life; she doesn’t ‘do’ plain white or ecru!

Sue first learnt to tat at a County Show in the 60’s. In the craft tent was an elderly gentleman tatting. Sue watched him for about an hour before he threw a shuttle full of thread at her and told her to try it. She managed it and was hooked! (Yes, she does still have the shuttle; the gentleman kindly let her keep it.)

On the course you can learn to tat, and even maybe go away with a handmade card, or a pair of earrings. If your skills mean that you can already tat but you’d like to learn new techniques, the earrings and pendants would teach you tatting using buttons, beads, mock rings, rings on chains, and many other techniques. Why not come along and learn a lace craft which can be ‘shoved in a pocket’ for travelling?



£360 ensuite room single or shared


£440 ensuite room single or shared


£260 ensuite room single or shared

The price for lacemakers includes full board and tuition from dinner on Monday 27th March to lunch on Friday 31st March 2017.

The booking form can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Booking form envelopes are not to be postmarked before 10th August 2016. These must be returned with a non-refundable deposit of £80 per person by 14th September 2016 to enable us to confirm our booking with Cober Hill.