New England
Lace Group

President - Rita Bartholomew

I was born in Utah, the oldest of 12 children, and moved to Massachusetts in 1987. I joined NELG in 2008, but did not attend regularly until all my children had graduated from high school.

Sometime before I was 9 my mother introduced me to embroidery and my love of handcrafts began. When I was 10 years old I learned to crochet and a year later was introduced to knitting. In my early teenage years my grandmother taught me how to net. As a young wife and mother, I also tried some hairpin lace, spinning, and quilting. I have not yet tried my hand at bobbin lace. The closest connection I have to it is that my grandfather was born in Olney, England (as were many of his ancestors), and family stories indicate that his mother made bobbin lace.

Over the years I have found that I tend to focus more on netting than on other handcrafts. It's not that I don't enjoy doing the other crafts; I just love netting more. This is in part because it is more unique and certainly more lost than the other handcrafts. Rita can be reached at

Vice President - position vacant

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Treasurer/Membership - Barbara Morrow

Barbara discovered bobbin lace at a craft festival in Stratford, CT where a woman was standing at a pedestal in colonial dress making lace.   Then the Arachne e-mail list came along and from there a teacher was found who had beginning classes at Marymount College.  That was the start of a sometime casual, sometime intense interest in lacemaking – supplemented by lace knitting.  Retirement and many classes later, Barbara has recently had more time has been spent making lace.   

Always ready to travel, Barbara combined many trips with the opportunity to take classes, including IOLI conventions, retreats and a trip to Denmark in 2013 to learn more about Tønder lace.  Barbara has previously been a member of NELG’s Executive Board, including Vice President and Member-at-Large.Questions should be sent to the following:

Treasurer: NELGTreasurer@gmail.comMembership:

Member-at-Large - Kate Moore

I first encountered bobbin lacemaking through a colleague who was just beginning to learn the craft.  I'd never seen or heard of it before, and I was instantly drawn to it.  I began learning myself with the help of some borrowed supplies and Doris Southard's "Lessons in Bobbin Lacemaking".  This was in the late nineties.  I didn't get very with the book - I had too many questions and no one to ask, so after a few years of fumbling along I dropped it in favor of embroidery.  I found NELG in 2012, just in time to sign up for the annual retreat, and I took my first class with Holly Van Sciver.  I've been obsessed with bobbin lace ever since!  I've attended every retreat since then and also attended a couple of Ithaca Lace Days.  I love to make lace, and not just bobbin - I'm a lace knitter from way back, I've done a very little bit of tatting and I'm just now beginning to explore needle lace.  I'm very glad to be getting more involved with NELG.

Kate can be reached at

Librarian - Bryce Wolf

Unlike many of you, I only started lace making a little more than 11 years ago.  While visiting England, I happened to pass through Honiton (where I bought my first bobbin).  Upon my return I noticed a bobbin lace class being taught at the local Vo-Tech school by Marni Harang.  The rest, as they say, is history.  I love all sorts of bobbin lace, but confess that needle lace is not so appealing.  I also like to tat, and have previous experience in weaving.

Requests to borrow books from the NELG Library should be sent to

Newsletter Editor - Gail MacLean

Gail saw her first lace in progress at a New Year’s Eve party in the early 80s. Soon thereafter she was fortunate to find a nearby teacher, Margaret Lancaster, who became a friend and mentor until her death in 1997 at age 99! Gail attended her first International Old Lacers, Inc. convention in Denver in 1989 but didn’t join NELG until after her retirement from software development in 1999. She enjoys the continuous laces most (Torchon, Bucks, Tonder and Binche), but has recently discovered the joys of Milanese and Beds, as well as the challenges of reconstructing antique lace. With another NELG member, she has taught lace to Girl Scouts. She has been the NELG Newsletter editor since 2008 and attends retreats and Connecticut Lace Days whenever she can.  

Gail can be reached at


Webmaster - Jill Hawkins

Jill has been a member of NELG since 1986 and has twice served as President. She has always had an interest in fiber arts - her mother was a seamstress, and Jill learned at a early age to sew, knit, embroider and crochet. Lace making has been her passion since she learned bobbin lace in 1985 while living in Glastonbury, England. While she has tried many different types of lace, her favorites are Bedfordshire, Bucks Point and Milanese. 

Jill has been Webmaster for NELG since 2010. Jill can be reached at

Clerk - Carmen Bartholomew

Carmen can be reached at

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