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  • September 19, 2021 6:22 PM | Gail MacLean (Administrator)

     As of now in this CoVid Delta variant surge, Holly and Gerry are not coming down to vend.  Gerry is immunocompromised.  If the CoVid numbers improve, they will be down. But in the meantime, Holly is willing to do one large shipment to Pat’s address in time for the lace weekend.  (Class specific needs are listed at the end of this message.) Holly is willing to take orders over the phone, 607-277-0498, or do a Zoom meeting with you and show you supplies.  Of course, her website,, is quite complete. You arrange payment with Holly,  excluding shipping, and Pat will divide the shipping costs among you when you pick up your things. A deadline of 10/12 should insure delivery well in time for  Lace Day.

    We’re  sorry that Kenn will not be with us this time.

    MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. Anyone without a mask will not gain entrance.

    Food – for Saturday, please bring a bag lunch.  We will provide water, coffee, and tea, and individually packaged snacks.  For Sunday and Monday classes, we will have individually packaged catered food.

    Supply lists:

    Carolyn  - Taste of Needle lace

     Required Materials

    Threads: Lizbeth size 40 tatting cotton or equivalent. 1-3 (light – _medium) colors. Sewing thread, any color (this will be removed from the finished lace)

    Needles: Tapestry #24 (large eye, blunt tip). Sharp sewing needle #8 or 9.

    Miscellaneous Supplies

    1. small sharp scissors for thread

    2. scissors for cutting paper

    3. pricker or needle vice+needle

    4. portable light

    5. magnifier if needed

    6. thimble

    7. tweezers or forceps

    Carolyn – Armenian Knotted Lace

     Required Materials

    Students should bring these items to class:

    1. Size 40 or 50 cotton cordonnet thread, e.g., Lizbeth 40, in a light or medium color

    2. Several embroidery needles size 5 or close to 5. Embroidery needles have a sharp point and an elongated eye, and are also called crewel needles. I like to get the mixed size packages, e.g., sizes 3-9 or 5-10 so I can test for the best size for the thread.

    3. Optional but really helpful are a few size 24 tapestry needles

    4. Small sharp scissors

    5. Magnifier and light if you need them for handwork

    Optional if you want to start on a larger project in class:

    1. Handkerchief blank or other item on which you want to add a lace edging

    2. Smooth cotton thread in a size appropriate for your item. You should get comfortable with cotton before you try silk or polyester threads.

    3. An embroidery needle of a good size for the thread you are using

    I use DMC or Lizbeth size 80 thread with a size 8 embroidery needle and size 26 tapestry needle for the Irish linen handkerchief blanks that are commonly available from vendors.

    Allie – Idrija

    Thread available from  Designs by Marguccio,  who is vending.

    For necklace, 3 small  pearls or beads with holes through center.

    Pat – Flanders

    Egyptian Cotton thread size 70, a DMC gimp size 25

    Karey -  Tatting

    Has supplies as vendor

  • September 12, 2021 9:37 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Found via Instagram. 

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  • September 05, 2021 1:35 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Although we broke the story of the discovery of that new piece of Ipswich Lace on a "dressed miniature" in our newsletter last time--there is a larger, luscious story about the Way sisters and their work in the current issue of Magazine Antiques. It is not online yet (although it looks like they put them up eventually). This one does not emphasize the lace, but it shows it on Sarah Sage at a nice size and high quality image.

    Dressed for Success

    The evolution of artistic recognition and appreciation for early American miniaturists Mary Way and Betsey Way Champlain

    By Brian Ehrlich. 

    I have a hard copy--but it might be a nice thing to have for some of the folks who will demo Ipswich lace at some point as well. I don't know how hard it is to get paper copies of magazines anymore, I rarely try. But should you want one, the window may be small.

  • September 01, 2021 2:11 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    From The Boston Globe today:

    Haverhill resident Graciela Trilla won the Buttonwoods Museum’s annual “Curate your own Exhibit” competition. Trilla’s winning exhibit features her family’s collection of art by Puerto Rican artists from the 1950s. The bilingual exhibit titled “La Generación de los Cincuentas,” which translates to “The Generation of the ‘50s,” features 26 pieces created in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, posters, and traditional Puerto Rican mundillo textiles. Additionally, the exhibit will feature a mundillo wheel — used for making traditional bobbin lace — on loan from Puerto Rico’s Museo de Mundillo. Buttonwoods, located at 240 Water St. in Haverhill, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for children, and children under 5 free. The exhibit, which also will include ceramic pieces by Puerto Rican artist Atlas Moon Rodriguez Decker, will run Sept. 8 through Oct. 30. A reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, email

  • August 20, 2021 11:57 AM | Bryce Wolf

    Sharon Sacco and I are prepared to deliver BigE entries to West Springfield on the submission day of Sept. 7. If you would like your entry to go with us, please get it/them to us by the weekend of Sept. 4-5. You must have already registered your entries and they must have the entry tags attached. Please feel free to contact either of us regarding delivery and any questions you may have. We hope to see a lot of lace items! (We will also take items for other departments too.)


  • August 17, 2021 9:57 AM | Gail MacLean (Administrator)

    With faith that the pandemic will ease up enough to allow lace activities to resume, the Lost Art Lacers  have scheduled their Lace Day and Classes to be held Saturday through Monday, November 6th to 8th, 2021.  A flyer will be posted soon on their website,, and sent out to their mailing list.

    Note: Our own Carolyn Wetzel is one of the teachers!

  • August 15, 2021 2:37 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I wonder if Ipswich has any walls they aren't using....

  • 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.


  • July 17, 2021 10:21 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    A friend of mine spotted this gem in a longer film. I tried to get the code to start at the lacemakers part, but if you don't jump to that point it is about 9-10 minutes in the video.

  • July 08, 2021 1:31 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Nice to see a story about all the different artistic opportunities and organizations around lace-making, told through this woman's experiences.

    Dagmar Beckel-Machychova, a fiber artist who specializes in lacemaking, will be giving a lacemaking demonstration at Hope & Anchor Coffeehouse on Saturday, July 10, for international lace day.

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