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  • September 18, 2020 2:38 PM | Mary Mangan

    Hello local lacers--

    If you were interested in picking up tips on the Ipswich lace history and structure, Karen Thompson will be running another class. 

    Here's her Instagram announcement of that:

    I was pretty pleased with the way the first online workshop went. I wasn't sure sure it would work, since I'm relatively new to this, but I definitely made progress on Ipswich lace. I was worried that it would be a long time before we could do workshops again, but it ended up going well and possibly sooner than I would have had to wait for in person. 

  • September 14, 2020 7:32 PM | Jayne Guitart

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a bobbin lace  heart pattern/book?

    i would like to make some for Xmas presents.  Have been practicing lacemaking for 18 months now.  Worked through a Torchon book and currently working on Beds - just to give an idea of level of capability.


  • August 10, 2020 9:27 PM | Mary Mangan

    She may have a post herself at some point, but I wanted to be sure to get this on to your calendars in case she doesn't have a login here.

    Kara and I were in Jill's intro to bobbin lace class together, and I am in awe at what she is doing to take lace into the future. 

    It says it will be on facebook and IOLI Zoom, but I don't have links for those.

  • July 23, 2020 11:15 PM | Mary Mangan

    I have an alert set up for bobbin lace news, and usually it has not much more than the monthly meetings of local groups at a library.

    I was surprised to see this piece about Dior come up. Lovely stuff. The story includes a video, I'm not sure I can embed it.

    In this collection, for example, butterfly embellishments were made using Tombolo-style embroidery. Tombolo lace, which dates back to the 15th century, is created using a special, extremely meticulous technique, and is an important part of the region's heritage.

  • June 29, 2020 6:29 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Alas, the Big E has announced that there will be no fair this year.  While it is so important for public health, we will miss it.  We hope that we will be able to go in 2021.  For more details see

  • June 21, 2020 9:32 AM | Mary Mangan

    Since I found out about the existence of Ipswich lace, I have been obsessed with it. I scour through museum archives to find examples. I've looked through Abigail Adams' letters to see what lace she bought (can't tell). Have searched colonial newspapers for ads (not clear).

    My lace goals included skilling up enough to make quantities of it for my reenactor kit. Of course, now that workshops are cancelled, I thought that was unlikely. 

    But after our meeting yesterday, I went to The Lace Museum to look for those IOLI pins we discussed, and saw their workshop list included Ipswich lace! I'm so pleased. Thanks for the pointer to whoever that was.

    For those who might not know the backstory on Ipswich lace, here's a nice item from the Smithsonian. It was written by Karen Thompson, who will offer the workshop.

  • June 17, 2020 12:15 PM | Laura Bensley

    The following link will provide you with all of the information about the competition. I hope some might find this of interest and enter.  Margaret Susans was NELG's first teacher of Flanders in the 1980's.

  • June 07, 2020 12:38 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I was curious about what would happen to the Big E this year given how much has been cancelled due to the corona virus.  Here is an article about that topic from the Hartford Courant :

    Given that they are not state supported, I hope that this virus settles down by mid-September since it will be a terrible hardship for them otherwise.  

    In the mean time I plan to put together some lace for them to exhibit, assuming that it may go on as planned.  I hope that other NELG members will also do the same.

  • May 29, 2020 2:47 PM | Mary Mangan

    Since we can't go on any field trips like the Gardner Museum for a while, I was taking a look through the state of MA digital archives today. I was impressed to find some old lace texts, but I particularly enjoyed looking through these historical lace samples in the Clark University collection.

    I found the "book view" version to be most helpful.

    My source was DigitalCommons, which is where I found a bunch of the other old texts.

  • May 14, 2020 8:39 AM | Jill Hawkins

    Since we cannot meet in person at NELG Retreat, we'll be having a Virtual Retreat in Place on Saturday, May 16 from 11am to 3pm. Drop by to make some lace and visit with friends! There is no set program.

    The meeting will be left open all day, so please join whenever it's convenient. You are also free to drop in and out; simply use the same link to rejoin the meeting.

    Members will have received the link to the event via email. If you did not get the email and would like to join please contact us at

    Looking forward to seeing everyone!


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