Eric, Me, Claire and Andrew
Southworth Family(Eric Jacqui, Andrew and Claire) 2006

I taught myself how to make lace in 1985. After three months of lessons from a Dutch lady, while I was living in Brunei, she moved and I was left to my own devices. Undeterred and "hooked" I found out the hard way how things should and should not be done. This was to prove invaluable when I started teaching only one year later, and when it came to writing my own Bobbin Lace Instruction Manual .

Upon returning to the U.K. in 1990, with the aid of my husband (Eric), I started up a lace supplies business (Larkholme Lace) and continued to teach others how to make lace, both privately and at Adult Education classes. I got together a small but elite group of ladies and formed the Blackpool Ring of Lacemakers (BROLS) which has an umbrella as its logo !! During 2002 we lost the use of our meeting rooms so decided to join with a group of stitchers and become Fylde Coast Crafters. I gave up teaching AE classes in 1998, and I have started painting the bobbins and tools that I sell in my business.

In 1996 I gained my City and Guilds Part 1 in Lacemaking Techniques. Between 1998 and 2002 I was involved with a lacemaking millenium project CD2000, the committee of which has become known as Textile Workshop and we are currently arranging exhibitions of our own work during 2003, and 2004.

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