Lace Programme




Exhibition schedule during the festival:

June 16, from 9 AM to 6 PM (joint ticket); from 7.30 PM to 9 PM

June 17 and 18: from 9 AM to 6 PM (joint ticket)


Exhibitions included in Joint Idrija Lace ticket:



Central exhibition by the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers

Idrija Municipal Museum, Gewerkenegg Castel, Nikolaj Pirnat Exhibition hall, Prelovčeva 9

19 June - 10 September: from 9 AM to 6 PM

“Forget-me-nots are planted only once, as they are faithful flowers and take care of their offspring themselves.”

Flowers express love and intimacy. They say that those who carry forget-me-nots will never be forgotten by their loved ones. This year, the tiny blooming forget-me-nots are the most beautiful flowers on the field. “This will be your name,” said God, according to the old German legend, but only after he named everything else that he created. A faint voice, coming from the grass, warned god about hundreds of different white, blue and pink flowers of the same genus and said: “Lord, forget-me-not.”
“Do not forget us!” is also the message conveyed by the lace, miniature or otherwise, on display at the central exhibition by the Association of Idrija Lace Lace-Makers using old, maybe already forgotten, brands (Franz Lapajne, Lace Cooperative, company Čipka), derivative or completely new patterns, 70 lace-makes created more than 400 small, challenging and a little less challenging lace, some of which are true masterpieces. 


‘’Look What I Can Do!'' 2017 

Annual Exhibition of Lace Made by Children and Young Lace-Makers at the Idrija Lace School

19 June - 31 August: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM, Wednesday from 9 AM to 7 PM. 
Sundays and Holidays closed

This year, a new generation of curious students entered the mysterious world of the Idrija lace. Their fingers are becoming more and more agile. They will perfect their lace-making abilities in the years to come, like generations before them, and bring joy to us and themselves with their lace.

This is the 12th year that visitors can vote for the most beautiful lace of the exhibition. You can vote between 16 and 18 June (the voting stops at 2 PM). At 3 PM we will announce the results and give an award to the winning lace maker and one of the randomly chosen voters. 


Imagination, Colour, Line, Thread, Lace 

Exhibition of Authorial Patterns and Lace

Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2

Opening of the Idrija Lace School exhibitions: 15 June at 6 PM

Young and adult students of Idrija Lace School will show their hard work and share their rich imagination with us. You will be able to see authorial lace patterns and lace products that the young students made for the international lace congress OIDFA in Ljubljana; also, adult lace-makers will display their authorial lace, made for the international contest in Italy.


Table Setting for Magdalena – Tea Party for Magdalena 

Exhibition of the Association of Idrija Lace-Makers (Dole section)
Gallery above the Town Library, St. Barbara street 4-5

19-25 June: from 9 AM to 12 AM and from 3 PM to 6 PM

Lace-makers met with lace-making in early childhood. They have been perfecting and updating their knowledge, and now they are creating new lace products. Women from the association of Idrija Lace-Makers (Dole section) tackle new challenge every year. This year, they combined their lace-making, drawing, and lace embroidering skills with a cup of tea or coffee and prepared an exhibition called Table Setting for Magdalena – Tea Party for Magdalena.
Join us.

Flowers are Already Blooming in the Field 

“Pri Golitu” (next to the florist - Ivo), City Square 16

19-30 June: from 9 AM to 12 AM and from 3 PM to 6 PM

Women from the Association of Idrija Lace-Makers (Idrija section) will display floral lace that they have made during the last year. You will feast your eyes on the masterpieces full of tiny lace flowers in combination with fresh flowers. Some of the patterns are well known, while others are unique. The magical pairing of lace and colourful flowers creates an idyll, which can otherwise be found only in nature. 


“Pillow for Lace-Making, Bobbins, Pins, Thread… Crochet Hooks” – Visual Arts Society Cinober Idrija

Gallery of St. Barbara below the Town Square 

Exhibition opening: 13 June at 7 PM
14-15 June and 19-24 June: from 4 PM to 7 PM

The key to making perfect, accurate and aesthetic Idrija Lace is not in choosing interesting, intricately drawn patterns, having excellent lace-making equipment (pillow and basket for lace-making, bobbins, pins, crochet hooks) or using the right thread and accessories (crystals, beads, etc.); the crucial elements are excellent lace-making knowledge, aesthetic sense, thoroughness and pluck of the lace-making women. You will see all of those facets of lace-making presented at this exhibition. 


White Dove – On Alpha Waves – Lace installation by Eva Petrič 

Church of Holy Trinity

16-17 June: from 9 AM to 8 PM
19-23 June: from 4 PM to 7 PM 

A white dove on alpha waves came to us with a mission: to show young couples, who decide to spend their lives together that they are destined to fly on alpha waves, which will transform them into one big heart. The heart, when in love, flows on alpha waves same as the dove. It is trembling and is undoubtedly ready to connect with others, creating new paths and joining the paths of two individuals, with completely different DNA - like two shadowy figures on a secession wall; two souls, two yearnings. This grand installation was created in order to present Idrija at the International lace congress OIDFA 2016.


Lace dreamcatchers 

Gewerkenegg Castle, Small Gallery, Prelovčeva 9

Exhibition opening: 8 June at 21.00.

17 and 18 June: opening and closing hours according to festival schedule

The exhibition will be open from 9 June to 3 September from 9 AM to 6 PM; exhibit pieces are for sale.

Saturday, June 17, at 4 PM Conversation with the author of the exhibition

Sunday, June 18, at 1 AM Conversation with the author of the exhibition

Dreamcatchers, made by architect and designer Andrejka L. Kofol, are a modern interpretation of the dreamcatchers that North American Indians made for their babies. They believed that dreams and visions are connected to divine forces. The author shares this belief and invites you to experience the beauty of the healing stones, feathers, stranded wood and the holy geometry of lace. Patterns for Idrija lace were made by Sonja Mlakar and Anja Petek.

Dreamcatchers can be an exquisite gift for any personal holiday, weddings, births and business occasions. It can also be a beautiful and meaningful home, car, or office accessory.


Lace for Everyone

Exhibition of Slovenian Cultural Society Triglav Split
Centre of Idrija Lace, Prelovčeva 2

16 June: from 9 AM to 9 PM
17 and 18 June: opening and closing hours according to festival schedule 

Everything changes, thus even lace has to adapt to the current time and place.
Creators of this exhibition wanted to modernize lace and endow it with a touch of flirtation. Instead of decorating beds, tables and windows, they have decided to put lace on every woman’s essential objects. 



Centre of Idrija Lace, Prelovčeva 2

16 June: from 9 AM to 9 PM
17 and 18 June: opening and closing hours according to festival schedule 

Unique jewellery bestowed with the beauty of the Lepoglava Lace by the author Snježana Varović. She used lace-making technique and made details with Lepoglava Lace motifs out of metallized thread and lace flowers, which are decorated with glass beads, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals.

Also on display are unique ceramic vases made out of white clay, which are adorned with Lepoglava lace motifs. In collaboration with the Lepoglava Lace cooperative, a set of handmade lamp shades, decorated with Lepoglava lace details, were made. 


Idrija Public Library space in the Idrija Gallery Underpass

16 June: From 9 AM to 9 PM

17 and 18 June: from 9 AM to 6 PM

19-30 June: From 3 PM to 6 PM

Most countries where lace making is a traditional craft realised long ago that promoting this noble skill via postal stationery – stamps, was one of the cheapest ways of promotion. In many places lace-making is so appreciated that lace-makers are immortalised in statues and memorial plaques. We can find lace-making depicted on banknotes, coins, and other materials.

This exhibition shows laces in all possible shapes and forms, on stamps, first day covers, maximum cards, postcards, banknotes, coins, badges, beer coasters, serviettes, leaflets, phone cards, etc.


Other exhibitions and events:

Permanent exhibition of the Idrija Municipal Museum

Idrija Municipal Museum, Gewerkenegg Castle, Prelovčeva 9

Every day from 9 AM to 6 PM

Idrija is known in Slovenia and in the world as the centre of bobbin lace-making. The oldest known written document about this craft in Slovenia is from 1696 and it mentions laces from Idrija. Just like quicksilver from Idrija used to be sent abroad, so too were Idrija laces – to be sold so as to bring additional earnings to miner’s families. In Slovenia, they were used to decorate church accessories and liturgical clothes. In the 19th century, wealthy bourgeoisie started using the beautiful Idrija laces to decorate their dresses and apartments.




Exhibition of Scale Models by David Ogrič: - IDRIJA’S HERITAGE

Lobby of the Headquarters of the Forestry Department St. Ahacius' Square 2, Idrija


Idrija is the oldest mining town in Slovenia. We can trace its beginning to year 1490, when Škafar first discovered precious mercury. Those of us who live in Idrija have the privilege and honour to boast about our rich cultural and technical heritage. Our mine left us with a valuable legacy inside and outside of it. Mining was frequently tightly associated with forestry. Miners needed a great deal of wood, which they, together with foresters, cut down in nearby forests and delivered to town. In order to do that, they constructed water barriers, timber slides, etc., while they used wood for the construction of shafts, tunnels and supporting structures.

The exhibition highlights the rich heritage in scale models, which is the result of many years of hard work and hands-on experience of the retired miner David Ogrič.

Join us!

Let’s Fly... – the Reinvigoration of the Balconies of the Retirement Home Idrija 

Retirement Home Idrija, Arkova ulica 4


Idea about the re-invigoration of the balconies in Retirement Home Idrija was spontaneous. The elderly pitched various ideas on Friday nights; ideas which a group of creative lace-makers, who attend the Modern Challenges of Idrija Lace programme at the Idrija Lace School, sketched, drawn and made lace out of them. Motifs they have created will bring us joy for a long time.

Bits of Lace 3 - Presentation of the Manual for Idrija Lace Lace-Making 

Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2

From 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Are you eagerly waiting for the new edition of Bits of Lace? Is this the first time you have heard of it? We will browse through it together on Saturday. Join us at the presentation of the manual’s content: patters and designs for Idrija lace lace-making, supplemented with additional explanation and photographs of lace and its details. Members of Idrija Lace School gladly wrote the book and we hope that you will feel equal joy while lace-making.

On the day of the presentation, the manual will be available at a lower price. 

Lace-Making Workshop for Adults

Idrija Lace School, Prelovčeva 2

dJune 17: from 9:30 AM to 1 AM

New jewellery never goes amiss; this is one of the reasons why this year we will make bracelets out of lace.

You need to apply beforehand to take part in the workshop. To apply or get more information call Idrija Lace School on the telephone number +386 (0)5 37 34 570 or write at Applications are accepted until there are no more open spaces or until 14 June 2017. 

Lace and Colour – Yes or No?

Centre of Idrija Lace, Prelovčeva 2

Sunday, 17 June: From 3 PM to 4 PM

With the appearance of modern authorial lace, colour entered into the otherwise black and white world. While many rave about this phenomenon, there are those who believe that using colour is kitschy and distasteful. Who is in the right and how to use colour in lace-making to achieve as aesthetic effect as possible? Due to our subjective and emotional experiencing of colours, there is no definitive answer; however, the knowledge of art theory and observing good practical examples can be of aid. We can also learn a lot form the nature, as it is always in perfect colour harmony. The lecture of the designer Tina Koder Grajzar, will be followed by a practical part, during which she will answer attendees’ questions and dilemmas that they encountered, when they used colour in their lace-making (you can bring your own lace products to the lecture).

National Competition in Bobbin Lace Making for the Ivanka Ferjančič Award

Sunday, 18 June, at 11 AM: Parade from the Idrija Lace School to the St. Ahacius’ Square 

The competition will take place from 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM.

The results will be announced at 3 PM at St. Ahacius’ Square.

Children qualified for the national competition, based the results of school competitions. Adults are invited to apply for the competition. You can choose between making Idrija tape or broad tape. You can apply until June 16, 2017 at Idrija Lace School, via e-mail or over the phone 05 37 34 570.

There is no entry fee. You can find more information about the competition on the website