Lace Making with Carole Smith in Tuscany, 14th - 21st May 2024

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Lace Making with Carole Smith in Tuscany, 14th - 21st May 2024

Thank you for your interest in the Lacemaking Holiday in Tuscany with Carole Smith. This is an opportunity for lacemakers of all levels to join together for a week of stitching in the beautiful Villa Cheli at the foot of the Pisan hills.

Carole will be providing 30 hours of tuition split between 3-hour morning and afternoon sessions over 5 days. The studio is well-equipped with natural light, worktables, magnifying lamps, and air conditioning. Villa Cheli also has an outdoor pool for relaxation after an enjoyable day of making lace.

The Italian chefs at Villa Cheli will create dishes suited to each class, taking into consideration any dietary requests. Menus are designed to excite your palate and give a taste of the local cuisine.

Nadine & Mark will be available to assist you throughout the booking process and your stay, from airport transfers to dietary needs.

During the week, there is one day set aside for an excursion to Pisa, where a guided city tour has been arranged. After the tour, you will have the rest of the day to explore the city and its iconic tower.

This is a great opportunity to join like-minded people, make friendships, and learn and share techniques from each other and the teacher. Don't miss out on this unforgettable lacemaking holiday in the Tuscan Hills.



About The Host

Carole Smith

Carole Smith

Carole began lacemaking at the age of ten at a class in Hertfordshire. A few years later, following a family move to Aberdeen, her lacemaking developed with annual courses from Kitty Mason and tutors visiting the area to speak at the local Lace Day such as Pamela Nottingham and Veronica Sorensen. 

Since 2001 Carole has joined the group traveling to Brugge to be taught by Anne-Marie Verbeke-Billet and Magda Malisse. The opportunity to learn from these experts in their field has been invaluable not only in the making of Flemish laces but in designing them too.

Now based in Perth, Carole teaches at courses around Scotland and, with a friend, has recently taken over the running on the annual Edinburgh Lace Course.

Carole enjoys teaching a wide variety of bobbin laces ranging from Torchon and British laces such as Bucks Point to the Flemish laces – Flanders, Binche, Mechlin, Brugge Flower Lace and Duchesse.

Carole is happy to help and support both beginners and more experienced lacemakers to develop their skills.


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