Learn the intricate art of lace making in Stourbridge at The Lace Guild!

A programme of workshops taught by national lace experts is currently running in Stourbridge. The classes are part of the V&A exhibition Hidden in Stores which sees lace from the past 400 years on display, some for the first time.

With workshops to suit all abilities, you could be expanding your artistic endeavours by learning this time-honoured and intricate skill.

Hidden in Stores is well worth a visit if you live near Stourbridge and love the history of textiles. You’ll find stunning examples of bobbin and needle lace on show dating from the 1600s to the present day, so visit soon! Many of the workshops include a visit to the exhibition.


Sat 1 – Sun 2 June

Doreen Creed
Lace Map of the British Isles, Doreen Creed


Doreen Creed is an experienced Honiton lacemaker, having specialised in it for more than 30 years using traditional techniques.

To take part in this course you will need basic lace techniques. All students will be contacted prior to the course to discuss and agree what they would like to learn. If you want to bring your own Honiton project to work on, Doreen is happy for you to do that and help you where you need it.

Doreen will give you a tour of the exhibition before her weekend workshop.

See more details at The Lace Guild…


Sat 8 – Sun 9 June

Ros Hills 1
A Ros Hills purse, held in the V&A Collection


Ros Hills is one of the few living contemporary artists to have had lace bought by the V&A Museum. Her purse is in the Hidden in Stores Exhibition. She is known for the originality and wonderful colour and texture of her needlelace. Ros has taught lacemaking and is author of Colour and Texture in Needlelace, and co-author of Needlelace Stitches with Pat Gibson.

Join Ros on Friday 7 June at 7.30pm at The Lace Guild for a tour of the Hidden in Stores exhibition. The course, aimed at those with some experience, will run 8 – 9 June at The Red House Cone, Stourbridge.

Read more about the exhibition…


Sat 15 – Sun 16 June

Jennifer M 2


Join Jennifer MacPherson for a creative weekend exploring the art of Milanese bobbin lace.

Learn techniques both old and new to create a piece inspired by a large Alb from the Hidden in Stores exhibition  which includes techniques and textures not usually found in Milanese Lace.

Jennifer asks that students requiring more information about patterns, thread details and approximate number of bobbins needed email her at jmacp892@gmail.com


To book any of these workshops please phone The Lace Guild office on 01384 390739 or email office@laceguild.org

Classes take place at the Red House Cone and White House Cone in Wordsley, Stourbridge over two days, 10am to 4pm each day. The courses are non-residential, but many include a tour of the Hidden in Stores Exhibition.

In addition, there is a free beginner class on 22 June. See the Lace Guild website for details.

The V&A Hidden in Stores Exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Banner image: Border, French 19th Century Point d’Alençon, Alcide Roussel © Victoria and Albert Museum