Lace Patterns - Technology Transforms Tradition

by [email protected] in Derby, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th April 2018 we successfully raised £7,545 with 84 supporters in 28 days

To buy digital equipment, making preparation for bobbin lace easier, overcoming a process that is difficult for many people worldwide.

by [email protected] in Derby, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra money will enable a larger laser cutter to be purhased and widen the scope for larger lace patterns to be sold as ready to work prickings.


Obstacles

Many people struggle with the preparation required to make bobbin lace, either through difficulty with sight or with their hands, (or sometimes through lack of time) this project aims to remove this barrier to being able to make lace, by producing the lace patterns ready to work - with markings on card and holes ready pricked.  

Bobbin lace can be a time consuming pastime, but this makes the actual creating of the lace more accessible. The attention to detail on the preparation is crucial for good lace, and this takes the effort out of that process.

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The Idea

The idea came from working with a laser cutter in university during my BA course back in 2006, but it is only now I have the knowledge and experience from teaching, and publishing designs, to see the potential of this and how it could benefit many people worldwide. 

 I have seen the problems that students face in struggling with the preparation, when all they want to do is get on and make lace.  Pricking patterns carefully and accurately is a very time consuming process and one that puts off many people. They rush the process, make an inaccurate pricking and then their lace is not as good as it could be. I have spent many hours in trying to produce a good pricking (and still sometimes not getting it as good as I would like). Some patterns such as the large collars that I have done have taken up to 20 hours to make the pricking, even the smallest of patterns can take an hour or more to do a good accurate pricking. This process saves a huge amount of time on your part and gives a more accurate pricking to work with, helping to improve your lacemaking. 

Aims

The project will raise money to buy the necessary equipment to produce from the digital file, an accurate and ready to work design pricking, initially from my own published designs, but ultimately to offer the service to other designers, and lacemakers own patterns. 

The money will buy a laser cutter, laser printer and associated software, enabling the process to create the ready to work designs. The rewards give the opportunity to have the first ready to work patterns off the laser cutter, to be able work with this new idea more quickly, and also the opportunity to experience it first hand, with the chance to create your own design, amongst other exciting rewards. 

The solution

 By producing the patterns in this way, it will eliminate the problems that are faced through personal difficulties and impatience, meaning the lace can be enjoyed more, better lace being made for the future, and lacemakers continuing to make lace longer than has previously happened. 

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The future

 Lacemaking is a heritage craft and by using technology I hope to engage more younger people into the craft,  prolong the participation of existing lacemakers, and help to ensure the craft survives for future generations.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

1. Prepared and ready standard pricking

Prepared and ready standard pricking - A ready to work - laser cut pattern, choose from bookmark/motif from book, Christmas motifs pattern sheet, and flower motif pattern sheet ('Bedfordshire Lace designs' book patterns 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16 & 22, And two unworked motifs at back of book). name listed as supporter on website

£35 or more

2. Prepared and ready luxury pricking

Prepared and ready luxury pricking - Ready to work - laser cut pattern, choose from rest of patterns from book not mentioned at 1, angels and two unworked edging patterns. (Patterns 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25). name listed as supporter on website

£45 or more

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3. Ready for adventure pricking

Ready for adventure pricking - New design for 3D Bedfordshire Christmas tree, ready to work - laser cut pricking, thread and hand turned wooden base to complete. Pattern not yet published or available to buy.. name listed as supporter on website

£55 or more

4. Prepared and ready standard with support

Ready and prepared standard with support - Reward 1 with workshop in Derby, date to be arranged with purchaser. (Overseas alternative - 'Bedfordshire lace Designs' book inclusive of postage worldwide) Name listed as supporter on website

£65 or more

5. Prepared and ready luxury with support

Ready and prepared luxury with support - Reward 2 with workshop in Derby, date to be arranged with purchaser. (Overseas alternative book inclusive of postage worldwide) Name listed as supporter on website

£75 or more

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6. Behind the scenes afternoon.

Behind the scenes afternoon - including a pattern of your choice (as ready to work laser cut pricking) see it being produced and afternoon tea and cakes. Name listed as supporter on website.

£250 or more

0 of 6 claimed

7. Lace Adventures Talk

Special Talk on lace adventures for group within 200 mile radius of Derby, date to be arranged - after September 2018 - dates available for next 2 years by arrangement. Group name listed as supporter on website

£250 or more

4 of 5 claimed

8. One to one Intensive day

One to one Intensive day - workshop of your choice, make Lace, design or create your design through to finished laser cut pricking, including lunch. Date to be arranged by participant - will take place in Derby. Dates available September onwards. Name listed as supporter on website.

£995 or more

0 of 3 claimed

9. Corporate sponsorship - your business and craft

Lace - how to benefit your business with traditional heritage craft - Corporate event - details to be arranged with participants, options - talk, at sponsors premises with goody bags up to 20 people, behind scenes at studio with talk and afternoon tea or hands on activity event at location of your choice. Corporate sponsorship recognition through website and social media promotion.

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