Getting started with Bobbin Lace

I have had the pleasure of introducing or re-introduction Bobbin Lace at Nottinghamshire Inspire Learning at West Bridgford Library. The class were introduced to the rich heritage of the lace and the links to Nottingham Industry Of Lace.

The emphasis of the class was learning and getting grip of the traditional Bobbin Lace Tools and the two stitches.

Some of the class have continue in one way or another- here are some of the fantastic work they have achieved.

Spring Notes

Well spring sunshine is shining today; isn’t it lovely 😊

With several spring fairs coming up including Nottingham Makers Market at the Golden Fleece and Spring Festival at Hilltop (Eastwood – 23rd March) decided to make some note books great for gifts and making new plans.

I have used my Indian Printing Block to decorate these lovely books – A5 and A6

The Blocks are all hand craved in Jaipur, providing work for the community and keeping the heritage skills alive.

These are available from me at my Spring Fairs or contact me directly.

Cyber Week

Last week we had lots of deals on the tv and the net for Black Friday – so I decided to let you know that I have included a discount code of 20% of any purchases on my Etsy Shop – SP Creative Crafts for purchases totally over £15 (cyberlace)

I will also adding new items all week Of still time to get something purchased and posted for Christmas. I will aim to post everything same day or next day. 😀

If looking for something special which had been individually made with a touch of Heritage – then you be in the right place

August in full sun

Well we are into the 8th month of the year and it’s a year since a I put my notice in at work (corporate job). What a year it has been.

So this August I just decided to take part in great Artisan Fair in Nottingham this Sunday.

I will have selection of Bobbin Lace Jewellery and Housewares, in addition some block printed scarves.


When can one stamp can give two different outcomes?


This morning I decided to use the same stamps sets to produce two really difference looks;

Visible image – Birthday versus and flower

Birthday Card:

On this can I used Brusho on Canvas paper and spray with water; I just love how the colours blend and bleed together.

Then I stamped with Memento Black ink, with the visible image stamp using the flower and the beautiful versus.

Then I stamp with verso mark ink  and  used silver embossing powder.


Pencil Case:

Using a plain fabric pencil case, I used some fabric paints and stamped with the large indigo blu butterfly, and gave the back a wash also with fabric paint.

Then with a selection of stencils from ‘stamps away’ & ‘Prima’ I used dye based inks to build up layers, followed by stamping with the flower from the visible image set.

To add detail to the tag I stamped on to ‘Shrink plastic’ with the visible image stamp and heated it, making sure that I punch out a good size whole to allow me to add it to the zip pull.








April Workshops start next week

All workshops are a great opportunity to have an introduction to the traditional craft of Bobbin Lace, with all materials and equipment provided. So a great chance to try this traditional craft with a new modern twist, without the any extra expense.

Bobbin lace is a traditional craft, which uses threads attached to bobbins and worked over a design on a pillow. To create a decorative textile items.

Focus Gallery NG1 5FB
Saturday 22nd April 10:30-13:30 £35.00 per person

Within this workshop you will be introduced to lacemaking tools, basic stitches and simple lace patterns; to make a fabulous cocktail style ring to sparkle at any event It is designed for those with no previous knowledge but want to experience the delicate world of lace, variety of colours and style to suit personal choice and experience.

Ant bronze Rose Ring 2

Brooch – Leaf
Focus Gallery NG1 5FB
Saturday 22nd April 14:00-17:00 £35.00 per person
Monday 24th April 10:00-13:00 –


This a great item to master one of the stitches used in Braid Bobbin Lace. A style used in many lace areas around the world and can date back more than 500 years. Within the workshop you will get an understanding of the equipment used in lacemaking and produce a colourful leaf with glass beads, to show off your craft skills.