The workshops I have created start with each student choosing and drawing a lace pattern from my library of lace making manuals. Students then deconstruct their patterns into a grid of knots. Each knot is then translated into a square puzzle piece. Students rearrange and combine each other’s puzzle pieces to create new patterns. Students will also create a visual binary code corresponding to each puzzle piece. These can also be combined to create a code that will instruct a knitting machine to make a new piece of lace. I have conducted a similar workshop with over 30 students over 12 days at Cow House Studio in Ireland in the summer of 2015. I just completed two days of workshops at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh’s Maker Faire, an event with over 10,000 visitors.

Lace doilie reproduction

Drawing of lace doilie

Breaking lace doilie into component knots

Translating lace doilie knots into code

Translating lace doilie knots into code 

Translating lace doilie knots into code

Translating lace doilie knots into code

All knots reassembled into original lace doilie

Lace doilie code used to created knitted lace with knitting machine