About Louise West
Designer, maker and teacher of handmade traditional and contemporary bobbin lace. Lace has traditionally been a symbol of wealth and worn to make the wearer feel beautiful. It was created by poorly paid workers for the rich. Today this has shifted and now the engagement and participation is more important than the finished product, so lace still enriches lives and enthralls all practitioners.
Specialises in traditional Bedfordshire and Bucks Point, with particular interest in 19th century Thomas Lester designs. Using traditional techniques to stretch boundaries in contemporary application and appearance.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing
Louise West Lace Design
Friar Gate Studios
Bedfordshire Lace Angel
Lace angel created to commemorate the life of a very dear friend Sue, made using Bedfordshire bobbin lace techniques. This is the first of a range of angels created to commemorate friends and relatives lost over the recent years, enabling them to still be present at Christmas. The pattern is sold to lacemakers, to learn techniques and has been made by many of my students along with other designs available for other angels.