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September 16, 2009 > Learn the art of Bobbin Lacemaking

Learn the art of Bobbin Lacemaking

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Louise Colgan

At the top of a pillow a small bristle of pins secures artistic lace as it is woven. Threads radiate from the pins, each thread fastened to one of the bobbins spread across the lace pillow. Bobbin lacemaking is an art form in itself with the pillow, array of bobbins and multi-colored beads. An opportunity is now available to learn the art. The Fall 2009 Bobbin Lace Class will take place on Wednesday evenings from September 23 through December 3. Class hours for new students are from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; fee is $99. Both beginning and continuing students ages 12 and up are welcome to enroll.

Instructor Louise Colgan has been teaching bobbin lace classes for the City of Fremont since 1988. A lacemaker, designer, and teacher with experience in a broad range of bobbin lace techniques, Colgan has taught at many regional seminars and national conventions. Students who take part in these classes are also able to participate in regional and international events for lacemakers. For more information write to Classes take place throughout the year at the Warm Springs Community Center in Fremont.

To register contact the City of Fremont Recreation Services Department at (510) 494-4300 or visit for registration details. Students may register on-line using Code #122291. The City also has a supply kit available for beginners to purchase, complete with all necessary materials priced at $39. Learn the techniques of bobbin lacemaking and then apply them in a traditional or contemporary way to make dainty handkerchiefs, scarves, doilies, wall hangings.

Bobbin Lacemaking Classes
City of Fremont Recreation Services
Wednesday evenings
September 23 through December 3
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Warm Springs Community Center
47300 Fernald St., Fremont
(510) 494-4300

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