Hello there. I first learned to make bobbin lace in 1977 when I lived in the Bedfordshire village of Wootton in England for 8 years. With my husband and children, I moved to South Africa in 1979 which just happened to be as the Witwatersrand Lace Guild was being started up by Jean Horne. So I have been a member of the guild since it’s inception and I am still a member. Bobbin lace has generally taken over my life since then and the picture of our house, which was drawn by Mary Hughes, lacemaker and bobbin painter, who is now unfortunately unable to paint any more due to age-related macular degeneration, is generally known as the Lace Place as I have been making lace and giving lessons there for 32 years and supplying the other lacemakers of South Africa with the lace pillows, bobbins, books etc for a long time.
I have had to travel to Australia to visit my son and family to get him to set up this blog for me, and I hope to write about my life as a lacemaker and the South African lace scene and whatever I come across related to lace and other crafts.