Derby Lacemaker received National Craft and Design Award

A Derby lacemaker has recently received an award in the National Selected Maker awards, run by ‘Craft and Design’ magazine, and voted for by their readers.  Louise West, based at Friar Gate Studios in Derby, received ‘Finalist 2016’ in these prestigious awards for her traditional and contemporary handmade bobbin lace designs. The selected textile artists invited the public vote and then the final 6 awards in the category were made by a panel of judges. 
Louise said ‘It is the first time I have been in the selection of the country’s top textile artists and feel honoured to have been recognised for this award’ after hearing the results. 
Louise teaches the traditional craft local and nationally, and this year is venturing further afield into Europe to teach Bedfordshire lace to Lacemakers in the French Alps. 
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