In September 2014 ANN COLLIER, a world renowned lace maker and author, delighted members of Sheffield Lace Makers and visitors with a fabulous display of her fans and parasols. Ann designs the lace to complement the fan sticks then uses a medley of lace techniques to achieve a breath-taking work of art. Various styles of bobbin lace or net are embellished with needle lace, tatting, Sol work, Carrickmacross, Limerick… ad infinitum.

Ann also told us about the different styles of sticks usually made of ivory or exotic woods, the different ways of folding and holding and lots more interesting tit-bits – one fan magically turns into a posy of flowers. Her designs range from the Olympic fan having all but one of the national flags (astonishingly worked as one piece of lace) to her favourite set of Gilbert & Sullivan Operas.   These are kept in a beautiful matching casket – another of Ann’s talents. She hilariously explained (interspersed with anecdotes) how she works, encouraging us to practise and try different laces.

Thank you Ann for sharing your love of lace with us. Thanks also to Nigel, a visitor, who has kindly allowed us to use some of his photos.

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