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IOLI lace study box for retreat?

July 29, 2021 9:17 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

IOLI has 2 lace study boxes, with examples of various types of lace. These boxes can be checked out and examined by the local groups for a period of time and sent back. There are some shipping and insurance fees associated with this process. 

I was at the conference this week and there was a "table talk" about the lace study boxes, with some more info about them. You can ask to be sent them for a specified time period. I was wondering if people would like to have a look at these at the retreat next year? If y'all have done this before, maybe it won't be that much of a lure. But I'm willing to manage getting the bobbin lace box (at least) if there are others who would enjoy it as well.

Bobbin lace box: 134 pieces of lace in various techniques; 3 magnifiers; white gloves for handling, some books.

Knitted lace box: 9 lace doilies and mats; some books. 

We can maybe discuss it at an upcoming meeting. Plenty of time to think about it.



  • August 04, 2021 8:44 AM | Jill Hawkins
    NELG borrowed the bobbin lace study box a few years ago for a program in Sturbridge. I thought it was interesting. One thing to consider is that it might be tricky to manage access to the study box at retreat to ensure that everything stays with the box. Do you have any thoughts on that?
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    • August 06, 2021 4:42 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)
      Yeah, that was one of my concerns. But I thought maybe we could do a thing like "office hours"? Either have a room designated for that (if the site allows for something like that). Or to specify some times for dedicated looking at it with the group?

      But I am open to other ideas on how to structure that. Is it possible to turn it into a "lace identification" mini-course option somehow maybe? Not by me--of course--I can identify about a handful laces right now. But maybe someone among us could.

      I thought maybe I'd ask around other groups who have had the box and see what worked well, if there was enough interest.
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  • August 08, 2021 11:18 AM | Gail MacLean (Administrator)
    I like this idea. I'm sure we can come up with a way to insure that nothing goes missing. Yes, let's talk about at our next meeting.
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  • August 08, 2021 7:06 PM | Carolyn Wetzel
    It sounds like a good idea, Mary. We can figure out logistics closer to retreat. Thanks for thinking of it!
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  • August 09, 2021 1:20 PM | Katherine Moore
    I like the idea, too. I once looked into getting it for myself just for personal study but the costs were too high to justify it, but I'd still love to see it. And I agree, let's discuss at a future meeting.
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