Much has been done in the last decade to preserve the tradition of Idrija lace. However, the number of active lacemakers is decreasing, and we don't use many lace products. I think it is correct that we see Idrija lace as a luxury good and use it mainly on festive occasions and holidays. However, we could give it to each other more often, wear a small, discreet lace necklace to work, enjoy the play of shadows left by a soft light in the evening, show off our curtains with pride, mark a page in our favourite book with a favourite lace motif, etc.

Idrija lace is not cheap in the eyes of the unacquainted, who cannot know that even a tiny lace contains countless hours of time, love and memories. A lacemaker's earnings are meagre. After deducting the dealers' commissions, the cost of materials, the promotion and the taxes paid, a lacemaker finds out that her hard and meticulous work does not pay off. Gaining an average of €2-3 per hour of work, not having a guaranteed purchase of lace from month to month, is hard. The low demand for lace often forces lacemakers to lower their expectations or to question how much their time is worth. This situation explains, at least in part, why lacemaking persists mainly among retired women and why there are so few professional lace dealers.

I invite you to look at and use some of the Idrija lace bobbin patterns! Let's use our imagination, find new uses for Idrija lace and show them to others so that the lacemaking tradition does not fade into oblivion.

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This time I'm sharing with you a pattern for a pendant that you can attach to your favourite necklace, a string or a cord. Using metallic thread or sequins will make your necklace even more festive.

You can access the pattern by clicking on the image thumbnail.

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Dragon Eye.


In the last e-news, I asked you about my next lacemaking pattern. From the answers I received, I considered two: it should be round and contain fish for practice.

The resulting brooch pattern is 5.5 cm in diameter, which I have named dragon's eye.

My fellow lacemakers from the Idrija Lace Ladies' Association chose it out of six others.

If you like the pattern, click on the link below and make lace with me. You will need 8 pairs of cotton Thread, Idrija Nr. 30.

Download the Dragon's Eye lacepattern and watch the video.

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Idrija Lacemakers Association action is special since

About the #Lacecollage campaign through my redesigns, basic patterns drawn by Andreja Uršič, President of the Idrija Lacemakers' Association, or photo galleries of collages on the FB page of the Association of Idrija Lacemakers'Association.

#LACECOLLAGE, Idrija Lacemakers Association's campaign.
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Evergreen patterns such as an angel, a flower, a Christmas tree or a snowflake always come in handy.

Click on the image of the selected sample and download the .pdf file. You can print it out in A4 size and enjoy the music of the crossing and twisting of the bobbins.

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If you encounter a problem while making lace, I will be happy to help. You can also email me ( your comments, suggestions or preferred lace pattern motifs. I would be glad to receive photographs of your lace made from my patterns.