All courses will be held at Eesti Rahva Muuseum (Estonian National Museum).
Accommodation is not included in the course cost.
Estonian traditional bobbin lace
Estonian traditional bobbin lace was used to decorate our folk costumes including midriff blouses, the large variety of caps, coifs and headdresses, also linen wraps and aprons.
Estonian traditional bobbin lace was originally freehand lace, but largely this tradition is lost. During the course, you will make examples of our traditional bobbin lace.
Metal lace on Estonian folk costumes
Metal bobbin lace was not widely used in Estonian folk costumes but can be seen decorating hoof (or pot-shaped) caps, different coifs, linen kerchiefs and also some midriff blouses. Due to its geographical position between east and west, Estonia had very close commercial ties with other European countries and Russia, so it is natural that metal bobbin lace should also reach this region. In the course, you will make one of these gold or silver thread laces.
Seto lace is one of the three main groups of laces in Estonia. This lace is the 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 colors, 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.
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.
The history of Haapsalu shawls goes back to the first half of the 19th century and gained popularity among well-to-do people who visited Haapsalu as a resort town. Haapsalu shawls are knitted with pure wool yarn (28/2) and with 3.0-3.5 knitting needles. They usually measure a ratio of 3:1 (170-180 cm in length and 60-65 cm in width). The participants of this course will gain basic knowledge to start the work and to enable them to continue by themselves.