The Lacemakers is an Arts Council funded research and development project based on lacemaking folklore, customs and history. It is led by me, artist and puppeteer Daisy Jordan. The aim is to produce a puppetry-led piece inspired by this research.

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About lace-making

Before it was mechanised during the Industrial Revolution, lace was painstakingly made by hand, mostly by women & children 

The Lacemakers project

The Lacemakers is an Arts Council funded puppetry Research and Development project, inspired by lacemaking lore and history. 

Blog Posts

Click here to see blog posts documenting my research about lacemaking and the development of the puppetry project.


Please visit the forum to connect with others interested in lacemaking! If you would like to contribute to the research, or if I have got something wrong, please let me know there!

Online Tutorials

Some free online video tutorials for families to learn how to make a simple puppet from easily sourced materials!

Blog posts

You can read posts about lacemaking and the development of the project below.
You can click on the buttons below to see a specific category of posts. You can see the blog page.

  • All
  • Characters
  • Creative Puppetry Development
  • History of Lacemaking
  • Lace Folklore and Customs
  • Lace Legends
  • Lacemaking Tools
  • Music Development

Unpicking the Lost Stitch: A Conceptual Approach to Research By Ulysses Black

Ulysses Black writes of a concept he came up with, exploring how narrative threads can cross over, reflecting the method of making a lace stitch:...

The Smuggler Character (and his dog)

Meet the smuggler and learn more about lace smuggling generally and his struggle with a corpse... Puppets, puppetry and voice by Daisy Jordan. Video editing...

The Lace Merchant (character and history)

Above music: Maiden Maiden by Gemma Khawaja. Lyrics by Ulysses Black. The little puppet prototype pictured is the character of the lace merchant....

The Night Tangler (continued)

Above music: The Night Tangler theme by Gemma Khawaja. Above audio: Ulysses Black talks about our Night Tangler character More about our...

Animation – Patron and Clergyman pin Old Bob

Above music: "Needle pin" by Gemma Khawaja. Based on lacemaking tells. Video animation below: The two propagandist characters capture Old Bob and pin...

The “Propagandist” Characters

(Videos below text) When I was researching lace folklore, one thing that I found really fascinating was the fact that a lot of the lace...