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
Morning 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 geometric techniques of Aemilia Ars lace. This style is most like that of traditional reticello. Students in this class will make one or two geometric motifs and a typical narrow border in order to complete all the steps of the process during the week. Techniques beyond basic stitches will include planning a route through the lace pattern, strategic thread changes, and achieving uniformity in repeated elements. 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.