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

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...

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...