Françoise Micoud

Demain, la première froidure
© Françoise Micoud
2003 (set’s beginning)
20 cm x 15-18 cm
Wires over polyester framework

Françoise Micoud - lacemaker
87 rue Didot 75014 Paris
01 45 39 08 85
09 61 54 33 05

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The bobbin lace is a very old technique that Françoise Micoud is using to reproduce natural elements as leaves or barks. Vegetable is indeed a texture made of empty and full spaces just as the lace work. But the lacemaker, unlike Nature, creates the leaves by making the nervures of the leave yarn by yarn.

As the artist’s imagination dictates, leaves gain in volume (on the photo), change colors according to the imaginative season of Françoise Micoud and finally become artworks. Moreover, the names of that aerial vegetable are linked to the seasons. The titles chosen by the artist seem to be poem’s ones and the artworks are as light and fragil as sonnets.

Françoise Micoud also makes artworks with paper, another light material, coupled with lace.

Demain, la première froidure is one of a serie.

Technique :

The bobbin lace technique consists in interlacing yarns rolled before on wood bobbins. The bobbin form and weight permits the lacemaker to obtain the right tension of the yarn for the lace type chosen. So the yarn is easier to handle and the artwork more delicate.


Françoise Micoud started exhibitions in 1980 at the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris. She is internationally recognized for her work.

At the beginning of the 80’s, she taught bobbin lace in Quebec and then in her workshop in Paris. In 1988, she managed a lace workshop and the year after, she worked in the restoration of textile artworks department at the National Heritage Institute. Today Françoise Micoud is still teaching her craft through training courses where different techniques are taught like :

  • The “Torchon” lace
  • The “Cluny” lace which is a traditional French technique
  • The “Danish” lace and the English lace “Bucks”
  • Flemish laces : the “Point de Paris”, the “Flanders”  and the “Binche”
  • The “Bruges’ flower” and the “Duchess”
  • The “Russian” lace and the “Milanese”

These lace techniques disclose the perfect mastery of the artist’s know-how.