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.

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

Animation – lacemaker and Virgin Mary

Above audio: Gemma Khawaja's version of A Shirt of Lace Very quick animation experiment exploring the legend of the young lacemaker being visited...

Scene Sketch Videos -Lacemaker’s Home

Above: Gemma Khawaja's version of The Bone Lace Weaver To get experimenting with test scenes using my quickly made prototype puppets, I painted...

Lacemaking Tells (rhymes/songs sung while lacemaking)

Above: Gemma Khawaja's version of Needlepin, a lace tell. The Lacemaking Tells are unaccompanied counting songs and rhymes sung/chanted by young lacemakers, particularly...

“Cross, twist” – bobbin animation experiment

A little stop frame animation experiment I did using lace bobbins and paper cut outs. The bobbins are (hopefully!) moving in the correct order sequence...

Lace Making Community Groups

Handmade lace is such an extremely slow process that it can no longer be done as a career. Today it tends to be a hobby...

Old Bob and the Gaps in the Lace – Stop frame animations

Above music: The Night Tangler theme by Gemma Khawaja. Old Bob (aka The Night Tangler) dwells in the gaps, or holes, in the...