Carnival lace mask

Lace by Design

Featured Designer

Pat Gibson


Lace designer - Pat Gibson I was so pleased when Pat Gibson agreed to feature her beautiful work on my website. Pat is a very accomplished textile designer for lacework, mainly needlelace. Her command of colour and texture make for exciting pieces of textile as you will see in the Gallery.
I first met Pat when I went to one of her workshops in Wales. Pat is an excellent tutor, so very encouraging and willing to share her vast knowledge.

Pat's workshops are many and varied throughout the year, these workshop days take place in her wonderful studio in Caersws, Powys, Wales, surrounded by beautiful country side, I can highly recommend these workshops, you will learn a lot and they are great fun.

Pat's Biography

I trained to teach home Economics and Textiles but now, having retired, teach from home, still doing much of the same. I have also been fortunate to be invited to teach in both South Africa and New Zealand.

Needlelace and machine on to photograph by Pat Gibson Lace making, particularly needlelace has fascinated me for many years which gives me the excuse to continue stitching. I have a large collection of antique lace, much of which is fine needlelace. I have been fortunate, as a result of this, to study at close hand its structure and design. Much of my early work is based on the designs found in these pieces.

The next step in all of this was to experiment with thread colours and texture changes but still maintain the stitch formation. This led to interesting and exciting effects and a constant desire to experiment further. The ability to use a needle and to be so creative gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

My present work, though still very stitcherly, also involves the use of other mediums very often for backgrounds. Paper, man made fibres that are affected by heat give interesting dimensions to the work, along with machine embroidery, particularly lace like machining. Much of my inspiration comes from my visits to ‘old’ buildings and mines with abandoned machinery showing wonderful colours, mainly rust!

I would consider myself more of a textile artist than a lace maker, but the needlelace still remains my primary interest.

Experimentation is an important part of my work.

Pat Gibson 2013