Derby Lace Artist Publishes Third Book

By: Connect Derby
DERBY, U.K. - Oct. 21, 2022 - PRLog -- Derby-based contemporary lacemaker Louise West has written and published her third book inspired by the lace archives at the Erewash Museum.

Louise, who is a long-standing tenant at Connect Derby's Friar Gate Studios, has studied the archives of the Nottingham lace industry in the early 20th century and used them as a source of inspiration for a series of new designs.

Her latest release, 'Heritage Lace Designs' started out as a project for the Legacy of Lace exhibition which took place last year at the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston.

Louise originally produced 11 designs, largely of contemporary style from the archives of the machine industry and subsequently developed further designs for Bucks point and Bedfordshire laces in a more traditional style.

All the designs from the exhibition and the traditional pieces are featured in the book, along with design inspiration from the museum, which has given permission for the readers to use for their own designs.

The designs in the book range from relatively easy through to advanced. The first section is based on the work developed for the exhibition and focuses on contemporary round motifs on large scale and more traditional sizes as well. The second section includes designs inspired by manufacturer Frank Woodward, and includes research by Julie Varo into his family tree.

The third section focuses on traditional style Bucks and Beds designs from other sources within the archives. The fourth and final section contains photographs, included with the permission of the museum, which are intended to be used as a source of design inspiration for the reader.

Louise released her first book, Bedfordshire Lace Designs in 2017. Her second book, entitled 'Bucks Point lace workbook' went on to be a global success, with copies sold as far afield as the USA, Australia and Thailand.

Commenting on the release of her latest book, Louise said:

"This new book features designs inspired by the lace archives at the Erewash Museum and started out as a project for an exhibition between five artists.

"I produced 11 new designs in 10 weeks of the project which were exhibited. Many designs were dedicated from the archives of the machine industry, for Bucks point and Bedfordshire laces, all of which are featured in the book along with design inspiration from the museum."

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby added:

"Louise is an incredibly talented lace maker with 30 years' experience in making, designing, and teaching traditional and contemporary lace. We are thrilled to see her continued success as an author.

"She adds something unique to Friar Gate Studios and is a valued member of the Connect Derby community."

Louise's book is available for £19.95 including postage from: and can be shipped worldwide.

Donna Hill
BH PR Communications Ltd
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