My name is Jean Leader and I live in Glasgow, Scotland, but through my lacemaking I have friends all over the world. Although lace has been an integral part of my life for over thirty years, I still remember how I got started. I had always been interested in textiles — knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing and, later, weaving and spinning — so I was intrigued when I came across a book about bobbin lacemaking one day and decided to try that too. It took me a while to find bobbins and suitable threads (no internet back then) but once I had them I took to bobbin lace like a duck to water and have never looked back.
I make lace, of course, but also design, teach and write books (and an iPhone app) on the subject. I have also served on the committees of national and international lace organizations — I have been chairman of The Lace Guild and president of the International Organization of Lace (I.O.L.I.). In recognition of my work for lace and lacemaking I received the Marsh Heritage Crafts Volunteer Award for 2015.
Today you are perhaps more likely to be introduced to lace through the internet than a bookshop, so I hope that these web pages will provide both instruction and inspiration to lacemakers and potential lacemakers. If you have any questions or would like advice about any lacemaking problems please contact me through the feedback page.
Weekly classes: Wednesday mornings and afternoons in Glasgow
Glasgow May Course: 24th to 26th May
IOLI Convention: 21st to 27th JulyLacemaking Holidays at Gartmore House, near Aberfoyle, Scotland
3rd to 8th March
14th to 19th April
30th June to 5th July
1st to 6th September
24th to 29th November