Course “Learning to improvise with Bistra Pisancheva”

LAST PLACES! Special Bobbin Lace Course in Guadalajara (Spain), with the participation of our collaborator Bistra Pisancheva (Bulgaria), explaining how to improvise making bobbin lace.



Theme: Execution of a piece to choose from: a landscape, an insert for your clothes and/or a 3D piece in bobbin lace

Date: 13th, 14th and 15th July 2018

Curso Paisaje Bolillos Guadalajara

Place: Guadalajara (Spain)

Duration: 24 hours (8 h/day)

Price: 245€

Nº Places: 10 students

Material included:

  • The pattern
  • The necessary threads to work the piece of lace

Foto Bistra Pisancheva BN


Bistra Pisancheva is a Bulgarian lacemaker, especially known for her landscapes in bobbin lace, which are made in an untraditional way, mixing many different threads and textures. Having a degree in Bulgarian Philology and finishing her second degree, Interpretative Anthropology, she has been teaching bobbin lace at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, in the speciality of Fashion, for six years. It is a real pleasure to be able to count with her for this course in Spain.

Foto Antje Gonzalez BN


Antje González is the founder and director of the bobbin lace magazine Vuelta y Cruz/ Twist and Cross and the organizer of this course. She will help you with the translation and will be the intermediary between you and the teacher. She has known Bistra personally for over 9 years, and has no doubt that this course will be unique, because of its special free technique, because of the charm of the teacher, and because of the good results and good atmosphere that you can always obtain from her own courses.



Guadalajara is located 56 kms east of Madrid and 28 kms from Alcalá de Henares (birthplace of Cervantes). You can reach us either by car (dual carriageway A2), or by train (line C2), or by high speed train AVE (arriving the station of Yebes, 15 minutes from town) or bus ALSA (it leaves from the bus station at Avda. América, Madrid, shelter 221, level -2). If you come from further away, Madrid Airport is half an hour from Guadalajara.

Guadalajara is a small, quiet and friendly town. The course will be held in the centre of town, so that you will have your lodging near and will also be able to eat nearby and stroll the streets.



The Hotel España is a modest but correct hotel. You can also look for an apartment to share with some colleagues. Nevertheless, there is not much offer in Guadalajara and it may already be occupied by now.



In order to participate in this course, it is important to come with an open mentality. The teacher speaks some Spanish and Italian, some Russian and no English. The technique we want to learn is quite free, and we have to adapt our way of working, especially if we are used to follow diagrams and work with some established “rules”. But this is precisely what we want to learn from Bistra in this course: we want to be caught up by a little of her creativity using different stitches, varying them as we please and obtaining a good result.



To book your course, we ask you to pay 100€ in advance. Please get in touch with Antje, either by e-mail ( or by phone (0034 685970637) for more details.