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My name is Jean Leader and I live in Glasgow, Scotland, but through my lacemaking I have friends all over the world. Although lace has been an integral part of my life for over thirty years, I still remember how I got started. I had always been interested in textiles — knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing and, later, weaving and spinning — so I was intrigued when I came across a book about bobbin lacemaking one day and decided to try that too. It took me a while to find bobbins and suitable threads (no internet back then) but once I had them I took to bobbin lace like a duck to water and have never looked back.
I make lace, of course, but also design, teach and write books (and an iPhone app) on the subject. I have also served on the committees of national and international lace organizations — I have been chairman of The Lace Guild and president of the International Organization of Lace (I.O.L.I.). In recognition of my work for lace and lacemaking I received the Marsh Heritage Crafts Volunteer Award for 2015.
Today you are perhaps more likely to be introduced to lace through the internet than a bookshop, so I hope that these web pages will provide both instruction and inspiration to lacemakers and potential lacemakers. If you have any questions or would like advice about any lacemaking problems please contact me through the feedback page.
My Teaching Schedule for 2020
Weekly classes: Wednesday mornings and afternoons in Glasgow
Glasgow May Course: 29th to 31st May
IOLI Convention: 19th to 25th JulyLacemaking Holidays at Gartmore House, near Aberfoyle, Scotland
15th to 20th March
3rd to 5th April
10th to 15th May
5th to 10th July
30th August to 4th September
8th to 13th November
What’s New: December 2019
- Annual Lace Advent Calendar and Competition (now mobile-friendly)
Patterns on 2nd and 14th December
What’s New: June 2019
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