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Isabella Stewart Gardiner and recent newsletter

May 16, 2013 9:33 AM | Devon Thein

I did an internet search the other day on lace and isabella Stewart Gardiner. I was surprised to see that they had had a lace event that I was unaware of. It seems that they had a young woman, Katherine Traylor, demonstrate bobbin lace on April 18th. There are some photos on Facebook and you can read a write up on the Isabella Stewart Gardiner website. I believe that people had to pay for this event. Was the NELG involved in this? If not, may I suggest that it implies that the ISGM is possibly re-evaluating the value of the lace in its collection and might be receptive to overtures? I would really like to see more done with the lace there.

I have been enjoying, as always, Jill Hawkins adventures as she tries to penetrate the mysterious and insular lace culture of England. Six people pining to join the Bradwell Abbey lace group, but unable to qualify? Christine Springett teaching on the QT? What next?

I was also interested to read of Sr. Madeleine's adventures in Bruges. How I envy those who will have a chance to see the slide show of the Marys. Is there any chance that this could be turned into a "long essay" on Ning? Jeri's essay on the French Chateau laces is a hit, and I think this has similar potential. Also, since it is likely to be quite visual it is a good candidate for Ning. Lorelei likes close-ups, and Sister Madeleine says that she took a lot of them.

Lastly, I note that I receive the newsletter in print format, and i have dutifully checked my membership profile and see that I have an email address on record. You are welcome to convert me to internet newsletter status.

Devon Thein


  • May 16, 2013 10:27 AM | Jill Hawkins
    Very interesting to hear about what they are doing at the ISG Museum. I have never heard of Katherine Traylor, and as far as I know NELG was not contacted about participation. As you probably know, we have tried in the past to get access to their lace collection, without much success. Perhaps you're right that we might make another attempt.

    Glad to hear that you are continuing to enjoy my lace adventures, and I am equally jealous that I will not see Sr. Madeleine's slide shows.

    Wearing my webmistress hat, I have updated your member profile so that in future you will receive the newsletter via a link in an email from Gail. FYI, we do have several members who have an email address, but who (for various reasons) prefer to get their newsletter via the USPS.

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  • May 16, 2013 4:48 PM | Patty Foley
    Thank you Devon for passing along information. Hmmm another piece of lace to see.

    Glad you are enjoying the newsletter - I hope to continue to enlist members to recount their travels for all of us to enjoy. By the way - great writting about the Under 40 event in Italy. Wish I could have been there!
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