The Lacemakers Blog

Here are blog articles documenting my research and the project. You can click on a category heading (below) to see specific blog posts relating to different areas of research, or the project development.

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Lace Installation experiments

Last week I tried out making some quick installations with the help of theatre maker and puppetry director, Edie Edmundson. We played around with lace...

The Night Tangler

Above: The Night Tangler theme by Gemma Khawaja (featuring rhyme by Ulysses Black) The Night Tangler is a folkloric character created by project...

Devising with Aya Nakamura

I had a really lovely day recently working with Aya Nakamura, who agreed to come and help me with some dramaturgy. We are still at...

Character Design – Lace Maker and Old Woman

I have been looking at archetypal characters which often appear as motifs in many of the legends and stories surrounding lace making. The Poor Lace...

Patron Saints of Lacemaking

Saint Catherine According to the legend, St Catherine of Alexandria was a virgin martyr who converted to Christianity and was imprisoned tortured, sent to be...

Lace Origin Story – Seaweed, lace and the Sea

Here is a legend about the origin of lace in Venice, found in a newspaper called the Placer Herald in 1899. The article reads: A...

“Jack, be Nimble…” Candlesticks and Cattern Cakes

Jack, be nimble! Jack, be quick! Jack, jump over The candlestick! Jack jumped high, Jack jumped low, Jack jumped over And burned his toe! In...

Lace Makers’ Pins

Bones as pins I read in F.B Palliser’s Victorian book on lace history that, in Devon, lacemakers used fish bones as pins, being mainly the...

Legends: Lace Makers and the Virgin Mary

In my quest for legends and folktales about lace making and lace makers, I have noticed that many of the legends involve the Virgin Mary....

“Spangles and Superstitions”

The practice of adding “spangles” (rings of coloured beads) to the ends of bobbins (the East Midlands ones in particular) seems to be a unique...

Lace Makers’ Bobbins

Bobbin Lace is a type of lace made by twisting and plaiting threads using bobbins - small sticks usually made from wood - which are...