Contemporary Lace
One of the qualities of lace is the spaces or gaps between the threads which creates a fascinating dialogue with its surrounding environment.

My own inspiration and ideas for contemporary lace are based on bobbin lace techniques which originate from the Benelux countries. I discovered the intriguing possibilities of using contemporary bobbin lace grounds with Reinhilde Vermeulen at the 1998 OIDFA Congress at Ghent and with Nel Butter at the 2008 OIDFA Congress in Groningen.

Some contemporary lace grounds have an affinity with Freehand Lace techniques. Pins are placed down the two edges of the lace whilst the contemporary ground is unsupported in between. You can also use classic point ground or 'tulle' lace techniques such as Tønder Lace. You could classify this as 'Irregular Tulle' It is helpful have a thorough knowledge of basic lace techniques such as Freehand, Tønder, Bedfordshire and Torchon in order to then experiment. It has been said that you can't through the rule book out unless you understand fully the rules in the first place!

The best thing about Contemporary Lace grounds is that you make up the rules. You can thread beads onto our bobbins and add another texture to make exquisite scarves, fans, candle decorations.......Contemporary Lace is not just made with bobbin lace. Knitting, Crochet, Needle lace, including Needle Tatting, and Tambour work are some of the techniques that can be used to create contemporary lace. The speed with which you can produce a finished textile using a sewing machine has made the traditional production of textiles seem unattractive to the aspiring textile practitioner.Traditional textile crafts such as bobbin lace belong to the Slow Craft movement, smilier to the Slow Food movement. I find the time it takes to handcraft a piece of lace an integral part of its charm and appeal. When you make a piece of lace you are partaking in an ancient intertwining of threads through the time. The time taken to create textiles is a positive aspect of bobbin lace as the resulting piece of textile is imbued with the contemplative textile practice of the maker.
Lace is not only the preserve of women
men also make lace.
You can see examples of my lace in the
Lace Album