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  • April 20, 2021 9:19 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Not sure if a youtube will embed here, but here's the link to evidence of the reach of TikTok for lace.

    But there was also talk at a recent monthly meeting about someone's nice Youtube channel: who was that, does anyone recall? I'd like to add it to the newsletter.

    I Tried Bobbin Lacemaking for a Week and This is What Happened

  • April 15, 2021 9:39 AM | Jill Hawkins

    There will be a Celebration of Life service for Lies Stolk on Saturday, April 24 at 2pm at the New Hope Chapel in Westborough, MA.


  • March 28, 2021 10:20 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)


    I was looking through some old photos today for something else, and I decided to turn this photo from my first retreat in 2019 into a puzzle. If anyone likes puzzles, they can do it on the website in larger form.

    It is a thread bin from the Van Sciver display room. 

  • March 11, 2021 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    NELG member Diana Wagner wanted to share this interesting article with members:

    Rosemary Cathcart’s passion for antique Irish lace and its history led her to spend decades acquiring the finest examples. Her fairy-tale collection is showcased in her home in a village in Northern Ireland, where her business Sheelin Lace is based.

  • February 20, 2021 3:19 PM | Gail MacLean (Administrator)

    I received this email and thought readers might be interested in this publication.

    As many of you know, we now publish a new lace and arts magazine: Masters & Makers. We are grateful to our subscribers for making last year possible! We have now updated our website with a new subscription for 2021. Postal services are now cheaper to many of you because we mail from Germany.

    If you would like to subscribe, we invite you to do so here: 

    Sending you our best wishes for a good year!

    With kind regards,

    Katia Karpenko

    Editor at Masters & Makers

  • February 10, 2021 8:49 AM | Jill Hawkins

    It is with tremendous sadness that I inform you that Lies Stolk passed away Monday night in her sleep.  Lies was a friend and teacher to many of us, and offered support and encouragement to everyone she met.

    I encourage you to share your reminisces of Lies here on the blog, and I will share them with her daughter Marian.


  • December 27, 2020 11:02 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Our friend and former NELG president Patty posted this link to an article on an Australian lace maker who is exploring new possibilities.  See:

  • October 02, 2020 9:22 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I have worked with Karen Thompson to create a new Wikipedia page for Ipswich lace. There was none at all, prior to this.

    I was spurred to this by a current edit-a-thon This meant that I could get some help with the editing features that I didn't know, and that it might get wider reach than if I just hacked on something on my own. People were super nice to help me out.

    But I have looked at a lot of other lace-related pages because of this, and there are many that are quite sparse. If anyone has some suggestions and citations for your favorite lace, I'd be happy to use my new skills on some of that. It doesn't have to be now, it's just more visible during the edit-a-thon. 


  • September 25, 2020 5:37 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    This story was posted by Elena Kanagy-Loux to Instagram. Teen Vogue has a story on lace! And it's Elena's lace for a Columbia University special anniversary event for RBG.

    It's a lovely story.

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

    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. 

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