Traditional Lace Making Lessons

Presenter: Ann Kaufmann, CSJ

June 21 to June 25, and June 28 to July 2, 2021

Classes will in person, following CDC guidelines
St. Joseph Spirituality Center
71 Walnut Park in Newton.

Experienced lace makers and those new to the art are welcome. 
Fee: $25 or free-will donation.

For more information, please contact Ann Kaufmann, CSJ,



A sample of bobbin lace by Ann Kaufmann, CSJ. Used with permission

A sample of bobbin lace by Ann Kaufmann, CSJ. Used with permission

Bobbin lace is a lace textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins to manage them. As the work progresses, the weaving is held in place with pins following a pattern or pricking pinned on a lace pillow. 
In 17th century Europe, lace making earned a better income than spinning, sewing, weaving, or other home-based textile arts.  Fortunately, there was a ready market for lace for the fashionably dressed.
The Daughters of St. Joseph (the original name of the Sisters of St. Joseph) in LePuy, France in 1650, were not a cloistered community. Therefore they had to support themselves, and they did so by making lace.


Sister Ann Kaufmann, CSJ, a former first grade teacher, received a Masters of Religious Education and has been ministering as DRE in a small Hispanic Parish in Santa Rosa, NM for more than four decades. During a pilgrimage to LePuy, France, where the Sisters of St. Joseph were founded in 1650, she observed bobbin lace making first-hand. Three months later she attended one of two lace making retreats in Concordia, KS and continued a year of weekly lessons in Albuquerque. She has been self-taught since and delights in volunteering to show people the basics of lace making following the lessons in “Beginner’s Guide to Bobbin Lace” by Dye and Thunder.


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Free will donation may be sent to:
St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries, 71 Walnut Park, Newton, MA 02458