Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
Time: July 23, 2018 to July 27, 2018
Location: El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
Street: 110 Lexington St
City/Town: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Website or Map: https://internationalorganiza…
Event Type: class
Organized By: IOLI - International Organization of Lace, Inc (USA)
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2018
Afternoon Class taught by Carolyn Wetzel
Aemilia Ars lace is a bold needle lace, styled on 16th and 17th century reticello and punto in aria patterns as interpreted by modern eyes. The Aemilia Ars Society of Bologna was central to Italy’s version of the Arts and Crafts Movement (1880s-1920s), and shared much of its philosophy and aesthetic. The lace can be floral and/or geometric and is sturdy enough for household linens. Aemilia Ars lace is made on a pattern held in the hand (i.e., not on a pillow) with cotton or linen thread. It is traditionally white, cream, or ecru.
This course will focus on the traditional floral techniques of Aemilia Ars lace. Students in this class will make a small flower and leaf motif in order to complete all the steps of the process during the week. A more complicated pattern will be available for students who complete the basic pattern. Techniques beyond basic stitches will include making smooth curves and sharp points, planning a route through the lace pattern, and building relief in outlined shapes. There will be examples of antique lace and patterns to study, including a piece made by lace maestra Antonilla Cantelli. Students are welcome to enroll in both the morning (geometric) and afternoon (floral) sessions. Suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced needle lace makers.