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Tape lace butterflies workshop


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Tape lace is a kind of needle lace that has been made since the 17th century in England and on the Continent. It was at its most popular at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries when whole dresses were made this way.

Inspired by the Fashion Museum’s special exhibition for 2017 ‘Lace in Fashion’ which showcases 50 stunning ensembles made of lace, this introduction to tape lace with Ann Day will teach attendees how to lay down the tape, shape it and join it together using a variety of stitches. The resulting butterflies can be used to personalise t-shirts, used as hair ornaments or stiffened to make jewellery.

Ann is fascinated by antique lace and has taught City and Guilds Creative Lace-making for many years.

Attendees should bring sewing needles, ordinary white sewing thread and a small pair of scissors. Please bring £5.00 in cash to cover the cost of materials, payable to the tutor.

Tickets available from the Bath Box Office website. Attendees must be able to climb stairs.