Marina Berts
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teach needlelace
What kind of needle lace do you make, and how long have you been making it?
Belgian needlelace type Point de Gaze (about 4 years) and have tried Aemilia Ars
What kind or kinds of needle lace do you want to learn?
Gros Point de Venise
Tell us about your other lace related interests.
I'm a tutor in Bobbin Lace (Torchon, Fleurs de Bruges...) and in Embroidery (Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery).
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At 12:26am on June 26, 2010, Beth Lea said…
Hi Marina!
Leila is a very nice and unusual name - did you parents name you that after Erica Clapton's rock song btw, a lot of people did. But I like Marina because of Thunderbirds.
I know what you mean about needlelace patterns. I think we do so much 'flipping' in our minds due to being left handed that sometimes its almost unconsious. I use cutlery as if I were right handed (parents insisted) and strangely enough I knit as a right hander but everything else goes to the left.
I had heard of that book. It is helpful to know its there but I just 'flip' diagrams in the Paint program and plough on.
Your work incidentally, is far far more advanced that mine. Really, I'm just obsessed with flowers.
I'm off to Kentwell Tudor Re-enactment today, about 25 miles away. I talked my DH into it, he'll listen to the minstrels with their lutes and I hope to find some embroideres to discuss braided bag cords.
kindest regards
At 4:38pm on June 22, 2010, Beth Lea said…
I'm sorry Marina, I called you Maria in my last comment on here. I was speaking to a Maria earlier....sorry. (If you're like me you can't stand it when people get your name wrong. I went to a wedding once and was referred to as Gloria the whole time - 3 hours!) arrrgghh!
At 4:35pm on June 22, 2010, Beth Lea said…
Hi Maria
Thanks for commenting back. I agree with you about the needlework living on. I always feel really sorry for old needlework books that contain neglected historical stitches. There is a real danger they will just die out, if we let them.
About the Alencon Museum. Oh, I love it. I've been twice. Drag my DH there. They run a great video on a loop (25 minutes) in the back room and I found that very helpful. I'm not sure about the classes you mentioned. I'm never there long enough. From what I can tell on the video, they are fully aware that they have to communicate the techniques or else they die out. France is very proud of its Dentelle, so it gets a steady flow of visitors. When you think it used to take them 24 hours to complete a motif that was only ONE INCH in size, its so amazing. They dont seem to make big major pieces anymore, its all small, single motifs or small groups, very fine with one single linen thread but much more starched-looking than antique pieces. I was so encouraged because in the video the main lace maker is left-handed, as am I.
If I go this year I will enquire for you!
kind regards
At 2:47pm on June 20, 2010, Beth Lea said…
Hi Maria
Your photos are fantastic! I took a tour of your website, your needlework school looks wonderful. I was especially struck by the woven cloth and the goldwork items. You must be so proud of your achievements, I can see your classes are, understandably, very popular.
Kind regards
beth lea :)
At 1:08am on June 4, 2010, Lorelei Halley said…
I can look forward, then, to photos of your work. I love pictures! I have long felt that needle lace deserved more attention than it was getting among lacemakers in general. So I started this network so you all could find each other, and, perhaps, cross-fertilize.
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