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Sun, May 14



Workshop: Introduction to Needle Lace-making

In this workshop you will follow Artist Qinnan(rivers) Zhu make your own lace ornament using traditional Chinese methods. All materials will be provided. The fee is $15, Members $10.

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Workshop: Introduction to Needle Lace-making
Workshop: Introduction to Needle Lace-making

Time & Location

May 14, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Chicago, 3500 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60609, USA


About the event

In this workshop you will make your own lace ornament using traditional Chinese methods. The instructor will give a presentation of the brief history of Xiaoshan Lace, and give several needle lace-making demos. Participants will practice based on demos to make an ornament during the workshop time.

Session Breakdown115-120mins:

(1) Introduction, 5 minutes

Introducing the artist Rivers,  Museum and workshop assistant.

(2) Part one , 20 minutes:

Give a presentation of the history of Xiaoshan lace.

Question: Who are the people making lace in Xiaoshan? How do they make this? What is the

physical (body) value of a lacemaker?How do we evaluate the damage to the body in the

process of lace-making?The body is the carrier of knowledge and technology of lacemakers

in Xiaoshan, and how & why should we protect, maintain and preserve this knowledge?

(3) Part Two: 10 minutes:

Present the samples of stitches

Talk about the steps of stitches (4 steps sample work showing)

Show different types of stitches (Pics)

Show sample of a bookmark

(4) Break, 10 minutes:

(5) Part three, 65 minutes:

Explanation of required materials

Practice: step-by-step explanation and guidance to make each stitch

Individual tips and questions will be answered by the artist and workshop assistant.

(6) Part four, 10 minutes:

View final works

Discuss what the participants think about the production process and how they feel

physically and mentally during the process.


Free parking is available in the parking lot behind the building. Take the elevator to the third floor. The museum is wheelchair accessible.

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Phone at 312-842-8884


  • Needle Lace- making

    Including museum Admission

    +$0.38 service fee
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