Workshop information

Workshop venue:
Estonian National Museum, (address: Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu. Transport information here.)

Seto lace workshop

Seto lace is one of the three main groups of laces in Estonia. This lace is most distinctive and singular. It is believed that the technique of Seto lace has been locally developed for both bobbin and crocheted lace. The lace from Setomaa was a freehand lace made from memory, so every lacemaker made it her own way. The knowledge of making lace was kept tightly within the family to help secure an income. Originally, Seto bobbin lace was made in two colours, red and white with linen thread. Later cotton thread was also used. Bobbin lace was used on the ends of the kerchief and shirt sleeves as well as between shoulder seams. In the course you will make one or two items of this lace.

Please take your own lace pillow, 25 pairs of bobbins and pins with you. Threads will be provided by the teacher at the dinner on Sunday, August 4.

Teacher: Angelika Nöps

Needle lace workshop

In Estonia needle lace does not have a centuries old tradition as in many European countries where it was made for royalty or the nobility. Here it was used to decorate folk costumes and often appeared rather robust and coarse. The participants of this course will learn the techniques and stitches used and will make a small sample of Estonian needle lace.

All materials will be provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course. Participants are advised to take their own favourite needle with them (for linen threads no 10 and 40).

Teacher: Kristiina Nemirovitš-Dantšenko