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Sad news - Lies Stolk

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.



  • February 10, 2021 9:48 AM | Clare Settle (Administrator)
    I’m so sad to hear of Lies’ passing. She has always been an icon of lacemaking in my mind. From the time that I started making lace in 1994, she has always been an inspiration.

    I learned Point Ground lace with Anny Nobens at Lies’s house. And Lies’ work in Binche was an inspiration for me to learn that technically challenging and beautiful lace, resulting in a number of trips to Brugge. I still have beautiful bobbins she brought back for her travels, which I cherish.

    May our memories of her be a blessing, and may she Rest In Peace.
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  • February 10, 2021 11:10 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)
    While I was never Lies's student, I did go to her Saturday Lace sessions for a while. One of my favorite memories is once when I was particularly irritated with someone who spent a lot of time bragging about the beauty of her spangled English bobbins. My attitude is that the lace is the final product, not the tools. I was using Danish ball bobbins that I had beaded, so I announced that continental bobbins could be beautiful too. Lies comes over, leans over my pillow, and she says, "Those aren't continental. They're Danish." After the session, I sent an email to a mutual friend announcing that Denmark had seceded from Europe. I still smile when I remember this incident.

    For Lies, promoting lace was always a passion. She promoted the Big E participation with vigor. I know she did other things in her life, but it's hard to imagine how she fit everything in when lace was such a large part of it. She is missed.
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  • February 10, 2021 11:49 AM | Marjorie Dashef
    I told Penelope Piip via FB message. Here is what she sent back:

    Sad to hear that news. Please pass on my condolences to her family. Hugs from Tartu.
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  • February 10, 2021 11:50 AM | Marjorie Dashef
    So sorry to hear. May she RIP.
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