FAS “Forum Alte Spitze” (Übach-Palenberg, GERMANY) is the coordinator of this project and is a civil-law partnership founded in 2001, which organizes courses in different lace techniques. The members of the organization are experts on all aspects including training, history, collection and conservation of lace. The members of the organization have successfully followed special training courses of the German Lace Association, so that they are able to teach the basic techniques of lacemaking. Forum Alte Spitze also organizes other teachers to come and have them teach their special techniques, for example metal lace and stainless steel wire lace, and other historical laces.
Forum Alte Spitze GbR has participated in five European projects – some with the result of publishing books.
Comune Scanno (ITALY). The Municipality of Scanno is the local public body in charge of the governmental sectors of environment, transport, health, work innovation and smart city, business, family, culture and leisure, volunteering. Scanno has 1800 inhabitants and is in the Abruzzi mountain and located 1050 mt above sea level.
Until last century the women who worked bobbin lace in the street, still dressing the traditional costume, were an attraction for photographers and tourists. They produced a variety of laces useful as applications for linen, altar-cloths, but also the “scolla” for personal use, to sew around the neckline of the bodice of the female dress. A fashion transmitted from generation to generation, based on verbal and practical training methods. In fact, from the 17th-18th centuries the white shirt worn under the jacket of the women’s costume was made with precious fabrics and bright colours, and embellished with lace on neck and wrists. Even men’s trousers and shirts had lace on the hem. In the sixties (20th century) a generation of lace makers began to disappear and the art of bobbin lace, overwhelmed by new fashions, suffered a decline. A work of rescue from decay was the creation of the Vocational Training Centre in the Institute of the Good Shepherd Kindergarten in 1963, in Scanno, with bobbin lace courses for about 40 girls, who learned the basic traditional techniques.
Nowadays the economy of Scanno is based on tourist activities and crafts. The region is identified by its natural beauties, the traditional costume, architecture, jewellery art and bobbin lace, that in past centuries have been its source of wealth.
Couleurs Dentelle (Brioude, FRANCE) is an association born in 2015 and a school of bobbin lace, where Cluny, Torchon and Craponne is taught. In their three years of existence, they have already 70 learners. They also design new patterns and are specialized in Cluny lace in colour.
Encajeras Vuelta y Cruz (Guadalajara, SPAIN) has been created recently with the aim to fill the gap that exists in Spain in the field of teaching how to make lace (education) and how to teach it well (teacher training). This is what makes us different from other existing lacemaker associations in Spain. We are four lace teachers, some of us with an experiencce of over 10 years. We have attended courses with foreign teachers to learn about the lace in other countries. In the last two years we have also organised courses taught by foreign lacemakers to learn other techniques directly from its source.
The association has its starting point on the magazine Vuelta y Cruz (which is running since 2011), whose objective is teaching lacemakers who do not have a teacher in a near distance. It is published in Spanish and English and is sold all over the world.
Ceska Palicka (Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC) changed in 2008 into a limited company and continues working for lace education – preparing publications for teaching different lace techniques and the Lace Bulletin Krajka. This Bulletin started in 1999. It is published 4 times a year and gives information about the modern and the historical lace, not only from the Czech Republic, but also from other lace regions. “Česká palička” takes part every year in international and local lace exhibitions and also organizes special lace-trips and workshops for the members. This year the bulletin celebrates its 20th year of existence. Česká palička has worked with the Jewish Museum in Prague, with the Museum of lace in Vamberk, with the Museum J. Hostase in Klatovy on the reconstruction of old lace from each collection.
Verein Klöppeln und textile Spitzenkunst in Österreich (Vienna, AUSTRIA) is an association founded in 1997. The aim was to preserve the knowledge about the craft of traditional lace making and provide information for those who are interested in bobbin lace. By publishing books and three numbers a year of the magazine ”Der Faden”, they transmit instructions for lace making and tell about its history, too.
To promote a high standard they have schooling and advanced trainings. They also have a comprehensive collection of laces and books with lace related items. Their exhibitions are not only presentations of old and new laces, they want to encourage people to try lace making themselves and even design them.