New England
Lace Group

Virtual class with Holly Van Sciver

  • September 29, 2022
  • Virtual

Offered through the Lace Museum, join this virtual class every Thursday from Sept 29th - November 17, 2022
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The Bedfordshire Butterfly: an Interdisciplinary Adventure in Three Lace Techniques

Instructor: Holly Van Sciver

Course Description: Made in five separate pieces, students will learn elements of 3 different lace techniques in one pattern that include Honiton, Bedfordshire and Cluny laces….a three for one! The body of the Butterfly uses Honiton techniques including starting at a point, working up the edge, the four-pin bud, working with and crossing the coarse thread, making a divided trail and ending at a point. The lower and upper wings use techniques from Bedfordshire and Cluny lace that include the Bedfordshire and Cluny joins, crossing trails, Bedfordshire circles, adding and deleting pairs, leaves, picots, cloth stitch trails and footside techniques, plus pattern interpretation, design, and the use of color. A bonus discussion on how to use this pricking with Honiton Fillings will also be discussed. The pattern was redrafted by Holly Van Sciver from a traditional pattern published by Pamela Nottingham.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: This class is ideal, but not limited to, continuing students of Bedfordshire or Cluny. No prior Honiton experience is necessary, just sound bobbin lace fundamentals.

Dates: 8 Thursdays – September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, and 17, 2022 (24 hours of class time)

Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

Registration Fee: $280

Kit Description: A 16-page booklet including the pattern and describing and diagramming the techniques used will be available for purchase for $14 directly from Holly at

Students Must Provide: Supply List (pdf)

Second Camera: Not required. Students will be offered the opportunity to send close-up photographs of their work to be critiqued between classes.


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