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WORKSHOP | Intro to Bobbin Lacemaking with Mary Elizabeth Barron | 15 Jul 2023

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Event description

When: Saturday, 15 July 2023

Time: 10am - 3pm

Where: Melbourne Street Studio, 170 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Cost: $130 per person, limited to 10 places

Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for beginners and for those who have some experience. We also have a Intermediate Bobbin Lacemaking class on Sat, 26 Aug 2023 that compliments this workshop - follow this link to book your spot.

Tickets: Click on the orange 'Get Tickets' button either on the top right or bottom of the event page on your device to buy your ticket.  

About the workshop:

In this workshop, Mary Elizabeth Barron will introduce you to the art of bobbin lacemaking, an off-loom weaving technique first developed in the late 1400’s. You will learn how to wind the bobbins and to create the basic stitches that are fundamental to all bobbin lace- braiding, twisting and winding lengths of thread to create your very own masterpiece of lace! The finished work will be small but intricate, and can be used as decoration, act as a bookmark, or even worn as a pendant or brooch. This workshop is your first step in becoming an expert in bobbin lacemaking.

Artisan workshops are designed to be accessible for those with no prior experience and an avenue to learn a new skill within a supportive environment. So book in with a friend, a workmate or come solo and make memories while learning a new craft! Join us in this workshop with Mary, and make a beautiful bobbin lace creation to appreciate in the years to come!

Included in workshop ticket:

  • All materials included
  • Your finished lace work to keep
  • Info handout to take home
  • A new skill
  • Light refreshments

What to bring:

  • Closed in shoes
  • Note pad and pen
  • Lunch (there will be a break around midday)

About the facilitator:

Mary Barron’s studio practice has included sewing, basketry and paper-making, but in recent years bobbin lace making has become her passion. The new Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast (HOTA) recently commissioned Mary to create a large-scale lace work for their opening exhibition, Solid Gold. Mary’s large scale works have been exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, and are featured in several national & international lace magazines. Her solo exhibition, Lace, shown at Gympie and Logan Art Galleries in 2020, consisted of large scaleworks made using thread created from recycled plastic packaging. Logan City Council has selected Mary to create a permanent public art installation in the heart of Beenleigh. Mary has been teaching craft based workshops for years, partnering with local councils and organisations such as the Queensland Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists to bring lace-making to the wider community.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

Please note this workshop can be cancelled by artisan due to unforeseen circumstances or if minimum numbers are not reached - this decision is made between 2-7 days before the workshop date so don't delay in buying your ticket! In the event of the workshop being cancelled by artisan, participants will be refunded in full and as soon as possible.

Participant Cancellation Policy:

Workshops have limited spaces and involve preparation by the facilitator. Bookings cancelled up to two weeks prior to the start of the workshop may be refunded, but a 20% non-refundable administration fee will be deducted. Bookings cancelled within two weeks of the workshop commencing will NOT be refunded. Refunds are to be processed by the attendee through Humanitix.

Workshop Transfer Policy:

You may transfer your booking into an alternative workshop up to two weeks prior to the start of the workshop. Any difference in cost will be charged accordingly. Please endeavour to complete any transfers at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

You are also welcome to transfer your booking to another person prior to the workshop commencing. Please confirm this arrangement 24 hours prior to the workshop in writing to

COVID-Safe Policy:

Please be assured artisan has well considered COVID-safe protocols regarding our workshop programming. You will be offered socially distanced seating, access to your own PPE sanitation options at your workspace, and a large extremely well-ventilated workshop venue.

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Refund policy

Refunds are available up to 14 days prior to the event