Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast


My name is Jean Leader and I live in Glasgow, Scotland, but through my lacemaking I have friends all over the world. I design, make, teach and write about lace, and have served as 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. I have been running this personal website for about fifteen years, and also maintain a site devoted solely to describing different types of lace. If you have any questions or would like advice about any lacemaking problems do feel free to email me.

My Other Website

At one time these pages contained a section describing different European lace styles. Eventually this outgrew its home, and so a separate site was created for it: Lace Types.

New and Noteworthy

Once again we bring you our traditional lace advent calendar, with a new window to open each day. Eight windows have clues for the competition, and two have links (from the dates) to patterns for the pieces, so you can make them for your Christmas tree.