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  • September 22, 2023 7:55 AM | Jill Hawkins

    Long time NELG member and past President, Patty Foley, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 20 after battling cancer for 5 years. Her wishes were for no services.

    For Patty, the glass was ALWAYS half-full and her enthusiasm was contagious. We will miss her fire and determination and the example she set.

    RIP Patty.


  • September 17, 2023 4:38 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    In the IOLI talk about flax, Elena mentioned that Kimberly Alexander's UNH class has something underway about flax production in the region.

    I found this site about it:

  • September 13, 2023 12:18 PM | Gail MacLean (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all who entered the Big E Creative Arts Competition! See results on their website now. All blue and red ribbons!

  • August 28, 2023 6:51 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I had heard a lot about this Dress Diary book because I follow Kate Strasdin on social media. But I didn't expect it to be hugely relevant to lace. Well, I should have known better.

    First, her diary starts with Honiton lace on her wedding dress (scroll down on that first link to the last image). There's a whole chapter on lace making, partly because Kate is a lacemaker and this diary came to her via her local lace group! It's a lovely tribute to lace culture.

    Then there are more lace samples, and just today I scanned the QR code in the book to get to this page with additional fabric samples, and there I also found black lace!

    16 stunning Victorian textiles from The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes

    In a separate interesting twist, on that page is a swatch of a Mrs Balestier. Mrs Balestier = Maria Revere, daughter of Paul Revere. She was friends with Anne in Singapore, it turns out. 

    That said, it's mostly not about lace, but it reminds you of the importance of textiles and the economics around that. And I like it as a reminder that history is not sepia-toned. Some of those fabrics are just wild! 

  • August 19, 2023 1:04 PM | Carolyn Wetzel

    OIDFA-USA is selling notecards with images of Ipswich lace on them. 8 cards (w/envelopes) for US$10.00. Carolyn W will have a set for you to see at the September NELG meeting and we can take orders together to save on shipping. 

  • August 08, 2023 2:42 PM | Jill Hawkins

    Jackie Miller's husband passed away last week. In the past, she attended NELG retreats and Connecticut lace days, so you may remember her.

    Please let me know if you would like Jackie's address.

    Here is Ed's obituary: 


  • July 30, 2023 5:31 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Short video of some lacemakers and bobbin winding.

  • July 23, 2023 4:07 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    In the Guardian, a photo tour of European locations painted with lace. 

    I want a building in Ipswich MA so bad....

    Lace-inspired murals celebrating European folk traditions – in pictures

  • July 21, 2023 12:05 PM | Bryce Wolf

    This is to encourage anyone in the Eastern MA area who might be considering submitting an entry to the BigE Lace competition. Please do so! Once again Sharon Sacco and I will be accepting entries for delivery to the BigE in September. Fill out the form, pay the modest fee, and attach your label. We will also be handling pickup at the end of the fair. Entry forms must be submitted by Aug. 14; we must receive your item(s) before the drop-off date of Sept. 5. If you have any questions, feel free to contact either of us. We hope to see lots of wonderful lace!


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