WORKSHOP | Bobbin Lacemaking with Mary Barron

WORKSHOP |  Bobbin Lacemaking with Mary Barron

When: 21st August 2021, 10:30AM – 3:30PM

Duration: 5 hours

Where: artisan, 45 King Street and Machinery Lane, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006

Cost: $85 per person, limited to 8 places


About the workshop:

In this workshop, Mary 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!

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

About the facilitator:

Mary Barron’s studio practice has included sewing, basketry and papermaking, 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.

Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for beginners.


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. If you have any queries, please contact

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

Please note this workshop can be cancelled by artisan due to unforeseen circumstances or if minimum numbers are not reached. In this event participants will be refunded accordingly and as soon as possible.

Participant Cancellation Policy:

Workshops have limited spaces and involve preparation by the facilitator.

Bookings cancelled up to one week prior to the start of the workshop may be refunded, but a 20% non-refundable administration fee will be deducted.

Bookings cancelled within a week of the workshop commencing will NOT be refunded.

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

Image: courtesy of Leeroy Todd (2020)


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