The Lace Study Day has been designed as an introduction to lace for those who have little or no knowledge of the subject.
The day will begin with an illustrated talk about what constitutes lace, including images of historic and contemporary work. Using examples from the Textile Collection at the University for the Creative Arts, participants will then have the opportunity to study, at first hand, a wide variety of laces. This will include: English and European bobbin lace, needle-lace, tambour and needle-run laces, knitted, crochet and machine-made laces. The Lace Study Day is presented by Dr Carol Quarini and Dr Gail Baxter, leading makers who use lace in their contemporary textile practice; they are also at the forefront of research in historic and contemporary lace. In 2014 they founded the Lace Research Network at the University for the Creative Arts, with an inaugural conference and exhibition of the works of Piper Shepard at the Crafts Study Centre.