Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
Horse hair and 240/2 Egyptian cotton, also 200/2 and 190/2 are available from Bart and Francis yarns. If these were acceptable, you might be able to give the class without depleting your stash. www.bart-francis.be
Laurie Waters said:So here are the requirements for the Alencon class:
1. no more than 6 students. I don't feel I can give proper attention to any more.
2. I will supply all the materials, and also bring historical examples and other materials for study. I am using my very old supplies of extremely fine thread and horsehair - one more reason for the small class size. I don't have enough supplies for more - in fact I will use about half my stash for the class.
3. The only appropriate text is Brigitte Delesque-Depalle's "La Dentelle À L'aiguille" - she and I were studying in Alencon together. It isn't necessary that students have a copy, but it would be helpful.
4. I haven't decided if I'm going to write up notes or have the students take their own.
5. We will spend each day concentrating on one or more of the 7 different processes in making Alencon lace. I'll also go over a few related Point d'Gaz techniques.
6. We will use the finest traditional thread - students should bring appropriate magnifying glasses.
7. Long, well kept NATURAL fingernails are not required, but will make the work much easier. Alencon lace making depends critically on supple fingers - everything is done with the tips of the fingers.
8. Neck strain can be a problem in making this lace, so I'll warn people beforehand, and we will do some relaxing exercises during the class.
9. Continental hand position is mandatory. People should practice beforehand - I will not teach people who cannot manage this. No exceptions to this requirement.
10. As much time for the class as is allowed - two hours for all 5 days. More would be much better - still in negotiation. If this interferes with other things they want to do at the convention, then don't take this class.
So I'm wondering if there will be any takers after this. But you would be missing something entirely unique. Basically I'm asking students to forget everything they ever learned about needlelace. Start again, as if you had never picked up a needle before. It will be well worth it.