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At the Bedford College of Lace Making all classes taken takes each student one step closer to a Certificate of Completion. 
A Certificate of Completion is earned when a student takes and passes all of the Core Classes and a certain number of Election Classes.

Core Classes

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Working on a lace pattern

Bobbin Lace, $75.00

The world's most intricate form of lace.  Bobbin Lace originated in Eastern Europe around the beginning of the Renaissance approximately 700 years ago.  This form of lace making became a major industry in Europe until the Industrial Revolution.  Come learn the oldest and purest form of Bobbin Lace:  Torchon Lace.

Bobbin Lace kits are also available for student to purchase for an additional fee of $65.00

Bobbin Lace kits for non-students is $75.00

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Tessa Makximenko learning to crochet

Crochet 101 (ABC's to Crochet), $75.00 

Learn the basics of Crochet.  This art form, roughly 250 years old, is the easiest and the most diverse of any of the fiber arts today.  Crochet can be used to make the smallest of laces or can be used to make afghans, sweaters and even hats and socks.

All materials provided for students to keep.

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Stephen crocheting with thread.

Crochet 201 (Thread Crochet)  $75.00

This class is a continuation of the Crochet 101: ABC's to Crochet.  After learning the basic skills of crocheting in the beginner's class, this class will teach the fundimentals of reading written patterns as well as being able to look at an existing piece of crocheted lace and re-creating it.  Also we will make a simple lace edging before moving on to crocheting a lace doily. 

All materials provided for students to keep.

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Learning how to cast on,

Knitting 101 (Beginners), $75.00

Learn the thousand year old art of Knitting.  Today a hobby for young and old alike, knitting was once a male dominated guild that came out of the medieval days.  In the beginner's class you can learn to cast on, knit, and purl and bind off, as well as learning simple increases and decreases.  Come revel in the possibilities.

Knitting 101 kits are also available for student to purchase for an additional fee of $15.00.

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Lisa French, Intermediate Knitting

Knitting 102 (Intermediate), $75.00

This class is a continuation of Knitting 101.  In the intermediate level classes, students are taught how to use circular needles to create hats and/or a headband.  Double pointed needles are also introduced to students  Students will also learn how to add in a new color to a piece they are working with. 

A selection of yarn will be provided for student, however, please feel free to bring someting you want to work with.

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Stephen knitting lace for a display

Knitting 201 (Lace Knitting), $75.00


Learn to knit using thread and small sized needles.  This class students will begin with knitting a lace edging and then work their way up to either working in the round for a doily or a shetland shawl.  This style of knitting does require concentration, but the end results are well worth the efforts.

All materials provided for students to keep.

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Stephen making a netted edging

Netting  (Netted Lace), $75.00

Learn the world's oldest form of lacemaking, Netting.  Originating in the ancient world by fishermen who created the first fishnets and hammocks.  This form of lacemaking incorporates a single knot that is so diverse, it can be used from the tiniest of lace to the strongest of nets.

Netting kits are also available for student to purchase for an additional fee of $45.00

Netting kits are also available for non-student to purchase for an additional fee of $55.00

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Pulled & Drawn Thread Sampler

 Pulled & Drawn Thread Work, $75.00

This form of lace making originated in the far east of ancient China, where silk was woven into cloth and stretched onto frames that were called "Peek-a-boo curtains" (though they resemble a modern day room divider).  Ladies would carefully pull threads from the silk cloth from right to left and with the smallest needle, would weave in a new design into the open threads.

All materials provided for students to keep.

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Needle Tatting

  Tatting 101:  Needle Tatting, $75.00

Tatting, the baby of lace making, is only around 220 years old.  Originating on the wooden sailing vessels of old, this art form came from the sailors who would become bored on the long journey at sea and practice making their ever so important knots and brought the trinkets home to their wives, mothers and daughters, who in turn learned how to do it

In this course, students will learn how to create the stitch that is basic to all tatted pieces and have several projects completed as well as learning how to read patterns.

Needle Tatting kits are also available for student to purchase for an additional fee of $25.00.

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Elaine tatted with a shuttle

 Tatting 102 (Shuttle Tatting)  $75.00

Tatting with a shuttle is just as old as doing it with a needle, but doing it with a shuttle is more mobile and considered to be more skillful as it is more difficult to perform.  In this course students will learn to tat with the shuttle and create several projects.  Tatting 101 must be taken before students are allowed to take this course.

Shuttle Tatting kits are also available for students to purchase for an additional fee of $25.00.

Elective Classes

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Broomstick Lace

Crochet 103 (Broomstick Lace)  $75.00 

This class is a continuation of Crochet 101:  the ABC's to Crochet.  After learning the basic skills of crocheting in the beginner's class, this class will teach the fundimentals of making lace with yarn.  During this class we will make a simple scarf or a wider shawl in Broomstick Lace and if time permits another project can be completed using thread instead of yarn. 

Broomstick Lace kits are available for students to purchase for an additional fee of $15.00.

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Hairpin Lace Doily

Crochet 202 (Hairpin Lace)  $75.00 

This class is a continuation of Crochet 201 / Thread Crochet.  After learning the basic skills of crocheting with thread, this class will teach making lace on a hairpin fork.  Also we will make a simple lace edging before moving on to Hairpin Lace and then if we have enough time, crocheting a lace doily. 

Hairpin Lace kits are available for students to purchase for an additional fee of $20.00.

Crochet 203 (Irish Crochet Lace)  $75.00 

This class is a continuation of Crochet 201 / Thread Crochet.  After learning the basic skills of crocheting with thread, this class will teach making lace in a more difficult manner known as Irish Crochet.  In this class we will make a simple lace doily before moving on to more challenging projects. 

Irish Crochet Lace kits are available for students to purchase for an additional fee of $20.00.


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Stephen knitting self striping socks

Knitting 103 (Sock Knitting), $75.00

This class is a continuation of Knitting 102.  In this class students are taught how to create handmade socks from scratch using either double pointed needles or small circular needles.   The pattern used for beginners is the afterthought heel and for repeat students to this course, you will learn how to turn a heel.

Knitting 103 kits are also available for student to purchase for an additional fee of $25.00.

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Knotted Needle Lace

Knotted Needle Lace, $75.00

Learn the ancient art of Knotted Needle Lace, which is also known as Mediterranean Needle Lace or Armenian Needle Lace.  In this class, students will begin with a lace edging and then work their way up to working in the round for a doily.  This style of lace making does require concentration, but the end results are well worth the efforts. 

It is also recommended, but not required, that students take the Netting class before entering this one.

All materials provided for students to keep.

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Traditional Pag Lace in progress

Pag Needle Lace of Croatia, $75.00

Learn the one of the world's most obscure forms of needlelace, Croatian Pag Needle Lace.  Originating 0n the Island of Pag in the Adriatic Sea, this handwork was used by the inhabitants of Pag to develope their own unique style of making lace used on garments and head-dresses to large ceremonial pieces. 

It is also recommended, but not required, that students take the Pulled & Drawn Thread class before entering this one.

Pag Needle Lace kits are also available for student to purchase for an additional fee of $50.00

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Example of Cro-Tatting

 Tatting 105  (Cro-Tatting)  $75.00

In this advanced class, we will be learning how to combine two different type of lace making together, Crochet and Tatting.  Cro-Tatting as it is called, is a relatively new form of lace making, but if an interesting one to master for your enjoyment. 

Crochet 101 and Tatting 101 must be taken before students are allowed to take this course.

Cro-Tatting kits are also available for students to purchase for an additional fee of $15.00.

  Tatting 201  (Cluny Leaves on the Needle)  $75.00

In this advanced class, we will be making Cluny Leaves with Needle Tatting.  Cluny leaves are woven using the needle as a shuttle with one hand while holding three threads (or more) in the other hand.  Tatting 101 must be taken before students are allowed to take this course.

Tatting kits are also available for students to purchase for an additional fee of $10.00.

Workshop Classes

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Handmade Book

Book Making Workshop $30.00

In this beginner's class, you can learn how to make a hard cover  7 inch by 8 1/2 inch book.  From the beginning stages of sewing the pages together all the way through to covering the book boards with real leather and then adding your own personal decorations.  The Book Kit comes with the class.

Additional Book kits are also available for students to purchase for an additional fee of $20.00 each.

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Stephen working Lucet fork

Lucet, $30.00

Learn the almost lost art of the Lucet cord making.  Originating during the Renassaince, the Lucet fork was used to make a cord that was used as shoestrings, purse strings or even as clothing.  This form of crafting incorporates a single knot that is so diverse, it can be used from the tiniest of lace to the strongest of ropes.

Lucet Forks are also available for student to purchase for an additional fee of $15.00

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