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, Color in Bedfordshire Lace and More… Color in Bedfordshire Lace.
This is an intermediate level program and you are expected to have already covered the basic Bucks Point techniques, although these are reviewed where they occur in the patterns. The first pattern is for a handkerchief edging and next comes a pattern for this edging with a cucumber footside. The other patterns are for a bookmark, a hexagonal motif and a small medallion with a butterfly and flowers. An additional pattern for a wider handkerchief edging is also included. New techniques introduced are explained step by step and include tallies in point and honeycomb ground, a corner where pairs have to be added and later removed, mayflower in honeycomb, cucumber footside, starting and finishing a bookmark, gimp fingers, working a hexagonal motif, holes in cloth stitch, and ‘bundling’ pairs at the headside.