'A P-lace together' , A virtual lace atelier
You read successively: How do I participate at 'A P-Lace together' / History / Evolution / Exhibition
How do I participate at 'A P-Lace together'
To participate, you must register on the FB-page 'Kantcentrum' in the 'A P-Lace together' group. All patterns and technical drawings are available on the page of this FB group, in the section 'Files'. Every Wednesday, until July 1st, a new design will be posted on this FB-page.
Suitable THREADS are: Linen 80/2, Egyptian cotton 36/2, DMC fil à Dentelles nr 80 or Fil au Chinois
ALL THREADS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ONLINE STORE OF THE LACE CENTRE ON THIS SITE. See: https://www.kantcentrum.eu/en/webshop/garen
The Bruges' Lace Centre organizes an EXHIBITION with the lacework sent to us by the participants. The exhibition will open on August 10th, 2020.
See more news about the exhibition in a separate chapter below.
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT 'A P-LACE TOGETHER'
When we were all locked down in March because of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, the Bruges' Lace Centre and Museum was obliged to cancel its courses and close the daily ateliers. Many of our lacemakers felt the loss, as the daily atelier was, for many, 'a P-lace together' - a place where people worked hard, enjoyed themselves and motivated each other and were proud of the work they and others had produced. Suddenly it wasn't there anymore.
At that moment, our lace teacher Xandra Ballieu had the brilliant idea of starting a ‘virtual atelier’, 'A P-lace together', a project in which every lace lover from anywhere in the world could take part. Through Facebook , she invited everyone to work a piece of bobbin lace based on one of her own designs, which she made available free of charge. The Kantcentrum immediately worked with her and announced the initiative on its website, 'Newsletter, and FB-page in a new group created for the occasion: ‘A P-lace together’. In a few weeks, the group had over 1,000 members. The idea was to offer a pattern to work each week, as long as these difficult times last, so that everyone could continue their craft and hobby at home. After Xandra launched her second pattern, we also received plenty of reactions from our other lace teachers wanting to support this appealing initiative, who also set to work. This meant that we quickly had a lovely series of brand new patterns in reserve, thanks to Saskja Snauwaert, Veerle Meerschaut, Mieke Keeven, Lieve Pollet, Geneviève Leplat, Ingrid Casier, Katelijne Debaene, Suzanna van Nes, Sophie Poppe, Christiane Blokken and Annick Wils.
The result surpassed all expectations. We have had feedback from all over the world: congratulations for the idea, technical and other questions and orders for supplies, but also lots of photographs on the FB-page of the pieces of lace in many colours. Once we had announced that we were planning to organise a small exhibition of all this work when times were better, many people started to send their pieces of lace to the Kantcentrum. It warmed everyone's heart to see how an initiative like this created a bond and comfort in this world-wide, virtual lace atelier.
Publishing patterns and pricks outside the FB page is strictly prohibited; all designs are protected by copyright of the authors. We ask everyone to strictly respect this.
EXHIBITION: August 10th until beginning September 2021