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  • 22 Jul 2016 2:24 PM | Marjorie Dashef

    Got the following message from Marni's husband after I saw that her biker friends had made her a quilt from their tee-shirts.

    Marni had a very serious bike accident back in October 2015 and fractured her skull. She has been in Rehabilitation ever since. Her biking friends made the quilt for her as a get well present. This is her husband Phil.


  • 20 Jul 2016 2:44 PM | Jill Hawkins

    We have lost another of our precious lace experts, Radmila Zuman. You can read her obituary by clicking on her name (on the  right) at:

    Many of you will know of Radmila, and others have been fortunate to meet her and  take a class. A great loss to the Lacemaking community.


  • 18 Jul 2016 5:16 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I made a trip to the post office today and bought some lacy looking stamps.  While they are not in the same class as the ones in the 80's, if you want a lacy looking stamp, they are available.

  • 07 Jul 2016 8:26 PM | Bryce Wolf

    If you were thinking about entering the Big E but held back because you weren't sure how you would get your beautiful lace there, relax.  I will once again be taking items out to Springfield.  So go ahead and enter (it's only $5 per item!), and plan on connecting with me to make the transfer.  And good luck to all!


  • 07 Jul 2016 8:01 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    A fiber festival was held at Niort in France in June.  The blogger Yolande has documented it for the world at .  It is well worth the time to look at if only for the bobbin lace chess set, but there is much more quality work to see.  Enjoy!

  • 29 Jun 2016 5:12 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    The Big E is now accepting entries.  Please consider entering so we have a great lace display.  Simple items work as well as complicated or long term endeavors.  I hope you all can enter.  Entries do not have to be completed at this time as long as you can get them finished by sometime in August.  We will let you know the members who will be bringing entries to the Big E at the beginning of September at a later date.  For more information, here is a link to the Creative Arts Catalog:

  • 19 Jun 2016 11:54 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Mount Vernon has a wealth of videos discussing the use of lace in Colonial America.  Here is a link to the page with many of them.  See:

  • 17 Jun 2016 6:33 PM | Patty Foley

    This is an amazing piece of work......  it is tatted

  • 15 Jun 2016 11:47 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Sadly, the American Textile History Museum in Lowell MA has closed its doors.  They had made a concerted effort a few years ago to revive the museum and reached out to us.  We did a couple of demos there, but truthfully, there wasn't much traffic.  We also spent some time identifying some donated laces for them.

    We live in a culture that has fundamentally changed.  The old model where families once went to a museum for an afternoon isn't common now.  We spend a lot of time online, be it on a computer, smart phone, or other device, and it is hard for a museum, particularly one like the American Textile History Museum, to compete with this level of stimulation. 

    I wish the best for the staff as it closes.  This is always hard.  Where the collection and old machinery goes will be determined by their bylaws.  For the rest of us, whether we know it or not, a little bit of our cultural history has disappeared.

  • 05 Jun 2016 9:55 AM | Jill Hawkins

    There is a new blog called "Let's Lace" that has been created by a New Zealand lacemaker. Posts include:

    • A quick guide to resizing a lace pattern
    • Ten tips for great prickings
    • Things I wish I knew when I started making bobbin lace
    • Ways to document lacemaking
    • Let's talk Lace bobbins...Lace tools....Lace books
    • and many more

    You can find the blog at For those of you on Facebook, there is also a Facebook page:


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