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  • 05 Jun 2016 9:55 AM | Jill Hawkins

    There is a new blog called "Let's Lace" that has been created by a New Zealand lacemaker. Posts include:

    • A quick guide to resizing a lace pattern
    • Ten tips for great prickings
    • Things I wish I knew when I started making bobbin lace
    • Ways to document lacemaking
    • Let's talk Lace bobbins...Lace tools....Lace books
    • and many more

    You can find the blog at For those of you on Facebook, there is also a Facebook page:


  • 04 Jun 2016 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    The first 44 of several thousand laces in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC went online this morning (; more will be added as they are approved.

    If you scroll down, you will see thumbnails of each of the images. By clicking on 'expand' in upper right corner of each lace you get more information, and then to see more images and more information click in lower right 'view full record'. Clicking on the image will open a new window, where you can zoom in.

    The first part of the collection to go online was the War Laces made in Belgium during WWI



  • 06 May 2016 8:28 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I am sad to report that Jeanne Goodwin has passed away.  I knew her from NELG meetings as well as some demonstrations.  Despite her illness, she showed a strength of life that went beyond her condition.  I remember her as a positive person who did her best and frequently volunteered for NELG.

    My greatest condolences go to her family.  She is a great loss, and I will always remember her well.

  • 29 Apr 2016 11:14 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    The Big E special theme this year is its Centennial.  There will be two awards per division, an adult and a youth.  Each exhibitor is limited to one special theme entry which needs to be  indicated on the entry.  So, if this interests you, it is time to get working on it. 

    And, of course, please also get going on any lace entries for the Big E.

  • 22 Mar 2016 11:18 AM | Bryce Wolf

    In light of the recent bombing, I had a brief contact this morning with Sr. Madeleine, who, as you may remember, is now studying in Brugge, Belgium. Her response:

    Thanks I should  get a ditto pad. at least I know I have friends!!!! My tablet is dinging away.

    I am safe thank God i was not traveling as I knew the departure lounge and that Starbucks very well drank many a coffee there waiting for check in or flight. Belgium is somewhat overwhelmed we are a little country and 20 dead and 100 injured is a lot. Ferrying the injured to Gent and Antwerp.

    The famous fugitive mastermind from the paris attacks was caught a few days ago in Mollenbeek and is now in a Brugge prison not in the centrum Thank God and it is thought this is retaliation for that.

    Anyway thanks for writing and share with anyone who asks about me.

  • 16 Mar 2016 10:47 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I noticed a link to this blog article posted by Jane Viking Swanson this morning on lace-chat-digest.  While it deals with crochet and knitting, I think that those of us in the lace world will gain a smile from it. 


  • 12 Mar 2016 11:14 AM | Bryce Wolf

    This is just a reminder to anyone who might have need for a little assistance in order to attend Retreat, the IOLI convention and/or other lace event. We do have a modest fund available to help.  However, do get your application in as soon as possible, and please read the guidelines. We especially encourage those who might be interested in bringing back a skill or program that will benefit NELG members!

    Bryce Wolf & Barbara Morrow, Scholarship Committee

  • 11 Mar 2016 10:15 AM | Marjorie Dashef

    If you go to and search for  "bobbin lace" you  should see  a lot of lace.

  • 10 Mar 2016 9:28 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    In looking at the Lace Digest this morning, I discovered a beautiful blog, , which seems to do a lot of knitting, needle lace, and embroidery.  The blogger, Yolande, lives in France now, but she is originally from Belgium.  While there are a number of blogs in French that are very good, I normally do not mention them here due to the language barrier.  This blog is posted in three languages, French, English, and Flemish (my assumption).


  • 10 Feb 2016 10:19 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Gil Dye has posted a pdf of her talk on early lace at the School of Historical Lace in London on her website.  While subscribers to Arachne have seen the link, I would encourage all to take a look at it.  There is a lot of good information on how the materials were constructed, but the photography is just as important.  You can really see how these laces were made.  See

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