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Karen Quickfall

I was fortunate enough to be taught the wonderful technique of Ruskin Lace by Elizabeth Prickett, when I finally secured a place on one of her popular Ruskin Lace courses. Although I had seen Elizabeth at a needlework exhibition in 1998, it took a further two years to finally attend a course and start my journey into Ruskin Lace. Little did I know then what a huge role Ruskin Lace was going to play in my life, in the same way that it had for Elizabeth.

Taking over teaching the technique from Elizabeth on her retirement in 2006 was a great honour, although I also felt a little daunted to follow on in her footsteps – she always said she had great faith in me and I hope I have proved her right!

Over the years I have strived to uphold all the traditional technical elements of Ruskin Lace whilst searching for new projects to make and designing many new patterns.  These can be found in the book I wrote in 2021, Ruskin Lace – a Complete Guide.

I teach many courses at Higham Hall in The Lake District, Cumbria, and these are usually over 3 days (2 night stays) which give students a great introduction to Ruskin Lace in wonderful surroundings.

I also take workshops of 1 or 2 days for a variety of private groups around the country, as well as single day workshops near my home in Lancashire.

Students love Ruskin Lace

Students return again and again to continue learning the technique of Ruskin Lace – there is always another pattern to try …

Here’s what some of them have to say

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Being taught Ruskin Lace work by Karen is an absolute pleasure, she is endlessly patient and never criticises but gives constructive support and help so the end result is a piece of work you can be happy with.
Hilary
St Annes, Lancashire
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Karen is kind, caring and the best teacher I have ever met.  She has a second sense when anyone needs her help.
Our Wednesday lessons with Karen are friendly and fun – my friends say I am going to my happy place!
Christine
Southport, Lancashire
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“The only problem with taking up Ruskin Lace is that it is addictive! Thoroughly enjoy all the classes and I am busy making heirlooms of the future.”
Elizabeth
Standish, Lancashire