Jean Leader is a lacemaker, designer and teacher with experience in a wide range of laces. She teaches weekly classes in Glasgow, Scotland, where she lives, and has taught longer workshops in other parts of Britain, the USA and Australia. Her work has been exhibited in Britain and at international lace festivals in Europe. She has contributed articles and patterns to lace-related magazines, produced a lace identification app for the iPhone, published five books on Bedfordshire and Bucks Point lace, and made DVDs on Color in Torchon, Intermediate Skills in Bucks Point Lace, and Color in Bedfordshire Lace.
This program introduces additional techniques for using color in Bedfordshire lace with four new patterns; a bracelet, matching earrings, a wide edging, and a bookmark. In these patterns you will work tallies where each of the four threads is a different color, cucumber tallies between two trails, kiss stitches with extra twists to control where the pairs move, and use the roulotté technique as an alternative to a plait. Detailed instructions are provided for working the four patterns, and as always, there is an additional pattern for extra practice; a butterfly in color!
These instruction assume you know how to wind bobbins, make a pricking, and work the basic stitches; but starting and finishing, working plaits, picots, tallies, and a footside edge are all explained.