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  • March 11, 2021 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    NELG member Diana Wagner wanted to share this interesting article with members:

    Rosemary Cathcart’s passion for antique Irish lace and its history led her to spend decades acquiring the finest examples. Her fairy-tale collection is showcased in her home in a village in Northern Ireland, where her business Sheelin Lace is based.

  • February 20, 2021 3:19 PM | Gail MacLean (Administrator)

    I received this email and thought readers might be interested in this publication.

    As many of you know, we now publish a new lace and arts magazine: Masters & Makers. We are grateful to our subscribers for making last year possible! We have now updated our website with a new subscription for 2021. Postal services are now cheaper to many of you because we mail from Germany.

    If you would like to subscribe, we invite you to do so here: 

    Sending you our best wishes for a good year!

    With kind regards,

    Katia Karpenko

    Editor at Masters & Makers

  • 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.


  • December 27, 2020 11:02 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Our friend and former NELG president Patty posted this link to an article on an Australian lace maker who is exploring new possibilities.  See:

  • October 02, 2020 9:22 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I have worked with Karen Thompson to create a new Wikipedia page for Ipswich lace. There was none at all, prior to this.

    I was spurred to this by a current edit-a-thon This meant that I could get some help with the editing features that I didn't know, and that it might get wider reach than if I just hacked on something on my own. People were super nice to help me out.

    But I have looked at a lot of other lace-related pages because of this, and there are many that are quite sparse. If anyone has some suggestions and citations for your favorite lace, I'd be happy to use my new skills on some of that. It doesn't have to be now, it's just more visible during the edit-a-thon. 


  • September 25, 2020 5:37 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    This story was posted by Elena Kanagy-Loux to Instagram. Teen Vogue has a story on lace! And it's Elena's lace for a Columbia University special anniversary event for RBG.

    It's a lovely story.

  • September 18, 2020 2:38 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Hello local lacers--

    If you were interested in picking up tips on the Ipswich lace history and structure, Karen Thompson will be running another class. 

    Here's her Instagram announcement of that:

    I was pretty pleased with the way the first online workshop went. I wasn't sure sure it would work, since I'm relatively new to this, but I definitely made progress on Ipswich lace. I was worried that it would be a long time before we could do workshops again, but it ended up going well and possibly sooner than I would have had to wait for in person. 

  • September 14, 2020 7:32 PM | Jayne Guitart

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a bobbin lace  heart pattern/book?

    i would like to make some for Xmas presents.  Have been practicing lacemaking for 18 months now.  Worked through a Torchon book and currently working on Beds - just to give an idea of level of capability.


  • August 10, 2020 9:27 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    She may have a post herself at some point, but I wanted to be sure to get this on to your calendars in case she doesn't have a login here.

    Kara and I were in Jill's intro to bobbin lace class together, and I am in awe at what she is doing to take lace into the future. 

    It says it will be on facebook and IOLI Zoom, but I don't have links for those.

  • July 23, 2020 11:15 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I have an alert set up for bobbin lace news, and usually it has not much more than the monthly meetings of local groups at a library.

    I was surprised to see this piece about Dior come up. Lovely stuff. The story includes a video, I'm not sure I can embed it.

    In this collection, for example, butterfly embellishments were made using Tombolo-style embroidery. Tombolo lace, which dates back to the 15th century, is created using a special, extremely meticulous technique, and is an important part of the region's heritage.

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