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The Lace Guild Summer School 2017

Sarum College
Salisbury, Wiltshire

12th–19th August, 2017

Betty Manfre — Cantù Lace
Jane Wright — A box of delights
Shelly Canning — Downton Lace

Sarum College offers the only guest accommodation within Salisbury’s historic Cathedral Close, which itself is in the centre of a beautiful medieval city. Situated in Grade I - Listed buildings, the oldest part of the college dates from 1677 and is attributed to Sir Christopher Wren. The magnificent Salisbury Cathedral is just steps away and the High Street with shops, cafes and a twice-weekly market is only a five-minute walk.

The forty guest bedrooms are all en-suite, many are newly refurbished. The Wren bedrooms at the front of the College have uninterrupted views of the Cathedral, several others have lovely views overlooking the rooftops of the Close and spire. Rooms are single, double and twin; all have tea and coffee-making facilities. There is Wi-Fi throughout the building for guests to use free of charge. The lift gives access to all the floors, and there is a common room with easy chairs and licensed bar for guest use.

Situated in Central Southern England, Salisbury is about 75 miles from Heathrow Airport and 90 miles southwest of London in the historic county of Wiltshire. Sarum College is within a 15-minute walk of the rail station. Public transport links to Salisbury are excellent with frequent train services to and from Salisbury. There are direct trains to London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Cantù Lace with Betty Manfre - FULLY BOOKED

Betty is an Italian American who has lived in Milan, Italy, for over 20 years. Betty is an English speaker. She is a registered nurse with a degree in Nursing Education. In 1989, she moved to Brussels, Belgium, with her husband and daughters. Unable to work as a registered nurse, she turned her interests to lace making, learned Torchon and Duchesse and began teaching Torchon at the American Women's Club. This quickly became a passion.

In 1997, on returning to Milan, near the Town of Cantù, she learned to make and design Cantù lace. She continues to attend Il Giardino dei Punti, a lace school in Milan, where she has become proficient in Cantù lace making. She has won awards at the Gorizia, Capodimonte Sul Lago, and Sansepolcro International Lace Exhibitions. Betty has also taught Cantù lace at IOLI lace conventions as well as to local lace groups in the United States and Canada. She also has represented her Milan lace school as a Cantù teacher in Naples, Italy. Her work has been published numerous times in the International magazines RAKAM and RICAMO ITALIANO.

The student will learn the techniques for Classic Cantù or Punto Venezia by making a series of coasters. Each coaster will focus on one of the three characteristics found in Classic Cantù such as the curl, the flower, and the flag as well as the mimosa stitch. Classes will be tailored to the individual student and their experience.

A box of delights with Jane Wright

Do you have a stitch or technique that you avoid because you just can't get it right? Bring it along and together we will slay those demons.

During the course of this week you will be able to extend your skills in your preferred lace or try something different. Honiton, Torchorn or Beds Maltese, Jane will help you overcome challenges and encourage you to experiment. This course will be designed around the students, so whether you are a novice or experienced, a traditional or contemporary lacemaker, there should be something for you. Jane will contact you before the course to find out a little about you and what you wish to achieve. You may wish to concentrate on a single project or spend time working on samples providing you with skills to use at home.

Have you ever wanted to adapt a pattern or design something for yourself but not known where to start? Jane's step by step approach will give you the skills you need.

Jane started making bobbin lace over 30 years ago, by helping to teach Bedfordshire to young teenagers and it wasn't long before she was asked to teach a group of adults. Student needs and a desire to experiment led to spending more time making Torchon and designing patterns to aid teaching. Jane has always enjoyed working with fine threads whether in lace, embroidery or crochet. So it was inevitable that she would be drawn to Honiton which she taught for a number of years at Urchfont Manor. Unfortunately Urchfont has now closed, but Jane continues to teach in the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean.

After spending years juggling a full time job with teaching in the evenings and occasional day classes, she is now retired and can enjoy making lace for herself. Jane is a member of 98 Lace.

Downton Lace with Shelly Canning

Shelly Canning became interested in lace in 1989, after seeing the last remaining Downton lacemaker demonstrating at a local show. She joined a lacemaking class and learnt all the basic techniques. The classes sadly stopped, when the teacher moved away four terms later. Since then a small group have been demonstrating at local fetes and shows in the area.

Shelly has now retired, and has taken up my love of all things connected with threads. These being part-time courses at a nearby art college for the last 4 years. These courses were in City & Guilds level 3 in embroidery, BTec in art and design and Shelly has just finished the first of two years in HNC in art and design. During these courses, she has worked with different lace threads and grids, on the same piece of work, and have just finished making a piece of see through fabric, with five different 'lacey' techniques in white cotton threads.

During the Summer School course Shelly will teach you how to make traditional Downton lace patterns; these will be suitable for experienced point ground lacemakers.

For those who like to be a bit more experimental there will be the opportunity to work with traditional and contemporary lace makers patterns, combining the two, to produce your own unique type of lace. You will learn how to work different sizes of grids that would allow you to work different sizes of threads in the same piece of work. If there is time available, Shelly will show you how to colour your work once finished.



£901 single ensuite room; £782 shared ensuite room.


£1130 single ensuite room; £978 shared ensuite room.


£550 in a shared ensuite room.

The price for lacemakers includes full board and tuition from dinner on Saturday 12th August to breakfast on Saturday 19th August.

The booking form can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Booking form envelopes are not to be postmarked before 11th November 2016 and electronic applications should not be sent until 12th November 2016. Booking forms must be returned with a non-refundable deposit of £250 per person by 18th January 2017 to enable us to confirm our booking with Sarum College.