Lacemakers at the Majuelo

This Saturday in Almuñécar’s botanical gardens, El Majuelo, there should be a turn out of around 300 people for the annual bobbin-lace makers’ convention: X Encuentro de Bolilleras.

Women, and the odd bloke, will be homing in from Málaga, Jaén, Sevilla and around the province of Granada, with the intention of getting their bobbins out and giving them a whirl – accompanied by much admiration, naturally.

So what exactly is bobbin lace? I’m glad you asked because according to wikipedia it is the following:

Bobbin lace is a lace textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins to manage them. As the work progresses, the weaving is held in place with pins set in a lace pillow, the placement of the pins usually determined by a pattern or pricking pinned on the pillow.

Here’s the LINK so that you check it out.

As for the Sunday event, it kicks off at 09.30h with a welcome to all the participants and a spot of breakfast. Then from 10.30h to 13.00h the park will go into ‘industrious mode,’ with demonstrations and plenty of opportunity to take photos and chat with bollilleras.

Stop Press (Sunday 5th): It was hoped that around 300 people would turn up for Saturday’s bobbin lace makers meet – in the end over 500 turned up. Enthusiasts from Málaga, Jaén, Sevilla and Granada turned up: seven separate groups from across Málaga alone were present.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)