Torchon Lace Workshop:
Back to the Classroom with Christine Johnson
10th - 11th November 2018
What Christine says about her class:
Continuing and new students will enjoy studying the subtleties of torchon with Christine Johnson again in 2018. This workshop will be a serious study of the “fullwork” (cloth stitch and half stitch shapes) of Torchon lace, including
- the choice of working a shape with a denser or lighter effect;
- all of the options for changing directions in densely or lightly worked trails and chevrons;
- all of the options for crossing dense or light wide trails and the limitations imposed by inserting a vertical section in the trail;
- the various choices for fullwork with vertical or horizontal margins, including the working of triangles, trapezoids and some complex shapes; and
- ways of decorating fullwork shapes and the issues and choices for diamonds/blocks.
Notes will be provided on all of these topics. Participants may choose to work a sample that explores one of these topics in detail, or pick a pattern which features the use of one of more of the techniques and just make a nice bookmark/sample. (“Just” is an understatement – I’ve found the ones I’ve already worked to be quite challenging). Anyone who has not already done the “Between the Pins” workshop or the “Leaving out Pins/Borrowing from other Lace Styles” is welcome to choose to remain in the playground and work on those techniques. Students who have done both of these workshops may choose the extension set of patterns which were used in last year’s workshop for more “playing around” with these techniques. And, of course, I will always re-visit gimps for anyone who has not done that workshop.