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  • July 01, 2022 5:04 PM | Bryce Wolf

    This is just to reassure lacemakers in the Eastern MA area that once again Sharon Sacco and I will be driving out to Springfield on Sept. 7 to deliver entries to the BigE lace competition. So finish up those UFOs and plan on getting them to us by the preceding weekend! Entry forms and other information can be found on the BigE website. (We will also deliver entries to other departments as well.)

    Happy lacemaking!

  • June 23, 2022 9:28 AM | Sumiko Tray

    I will be hosting Kumiko Nakazaki’s workshop from 9/22 to 9/26.  She can teach Binche, Flanders Lace, Bruges Flower Lace, Paris Lace, Rosaline Lace, and Duchess Lace.  Please e-mail me if you are interested.  You can take 5 days or 3 days workshop.  I highly recommend to take 5 days workshop for Binche Lace.  Hope some of you can attend.

  • June 18, 2022 3:49 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I laughed. 

    The 40th Idrija lace festival in Slovenia. I know we aren't going. But I still thought it was interesting to see celebrations of lace out there. 

  • June 14, 2022 7:37 PM | Sumiko Tray
    International Lace Day, the Facebook group, is organizing the lace day.  We get together,  make lace, take pictures, and post on Facebook.  I have registered for the event and have blank copies of the badges.  Anyone interested in joining me between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on 6/26?  Please contact me at or send me text message at 704-501-7923.  I live in Woodbridge, near New Haven.  
  • June 09, 2022 9:23 AM | Jill Hawkins

    Hello everyone

    The funeral for NELG founding member, Doris Schick, will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 2 at South Congregational Church, 949 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT 06073.


  • June 08, 2022 8:27 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Massachusetts Historical Society talk

    I have no idea if it will touch on lace. But I'm curious. These talks are typically very high quality.

    Via tweet

    Hybrid event next Monday 6 pm EDT (USA): virtual=free: author of ONLY THE CLOTHES ON HER BACK: CLOTHING AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF POWER IN THE 19TH CENTURY

    Laura F. Edwards, Princeton, in conversation with Christine Desan, Harvard 

    Registration link

  • May 27, 2022 3:48 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Listening to the local NPR today, a curator from a new exhibit at the Hancock Shaker village talked about the new installation that they have, which includes something about European lace. But I wasn't quite clear on what it was.

    What I found at the Shaker site

    Another highlight of her work in the exhibition are video projections of her magnum opus Thread Routes (2010–) and its companion series Thread Routes—Lightwaves (2010–) in the Round Stone Barn. The second of this six-episode-series film, which focuses on European lacemaking, will illuminate inside this iconic building, stitching together the light and the dark.

    It was during this interview at WBUR, RadioBoston.

    Edit to add: I found a video that sounds like bobbins...

  • May 23, 2022 4:55 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Hi folks: I know it's not lace, but 2 things about Ned. 

    1. We recently asked him to look at a pillow in his collection that looks like an Ipswich bolster. We can't tell--but it has the right circumference. Anyway, so he's been made aware of Ipswich lace. American ? lace pillow.

    2. The Maine Historical folks that have the wonderful Zilpah cape that we want to use on our poster just made me aware of their upcoming talks. And they also asked us for one on our project! So I'd like to see one of theirs to know what might be the right content for them. Zilpah cape, if you haven't seen it already: 

    Anyway, over at this link you can register for Ned's zoom event on 18th century silks. Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

  • May 16, 2022 8:50 PM | Jill Hawkins

    Here is a message from Doris' daughter, Jennifer: 

    My mom, Doris Virginia Schick, passed away peacefully this morning between 4:30am and 530am mst. Mom was one of those pure souls put on this earth. I feel so blessed to not only have known her, but that I was lucky enough to have her as my mother. She was artist, adventurer and caregiver with a wonderful sense of humor and perspective on life. She loved me unconditionally. Her smile was like no other and even when she couldn’t talk these last few years due to her worsening dementia, she always knew us, embraced us and connected with everyone around her with her lovely spirit. She fought tirelessly to connect with everyone until the very end. I will love you forever momma. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    She was a very special person who will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

  • May 16, 2022 6:19 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Doesn't look like much lace-related stuff, but I know there are a lot of folks in this group who also do weaving and have other textile interests as well.

    The virtual fair returns, focused exclusively on extraordinary antique rugs and textiles from around the globe. Hosted by HALI—the world’s leading magazine on antique rugs and textiles... Find out more:

    If anyone spots lace-related stuff, post it. I haven't had time to look through the whole thing yet. 

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