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  • February 24, 2020 7:52 AM | Jill Hawkins

    Interesting article about NeSpoon - a street artist who spray paints lace designs onto various structures to beautify areas and preserve and celebrate lace patterns popular in particular places.

    You can see more of her work on her portfolio page at


  • February 21, 2020 1:01 PM | Jill Hawkins

    Some of the lace collection in the Smithsonian American History Museum is now online and more will be coming. Click on individual pieces to learn more.



  • February 20, 2020 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning how to make bobbin lace, there will be a beginner class at the NELG retreat in May in North Andover, MA. This class is subsidized 50% by NELG, so is a really good deal.

    For more information, please visit the Calendar page.

  • February 11, 2020 2:48 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    There was an interesting discussion today on the dearth of lace information in Wikipedia. I noticed this when I was trying to learn the history and styles as well.

    Maybe there's an edit-a-thon that could be organized somehow. Add some great photos. This would be a way to introduce new people to the hobby and connect them with the organizations.

    Twitter thread [no pun intended] starts here:

    Every so often, you end up down a Wikipedia rabbit hole that reminds you how Wikipedia's editorship being 85-90% male creates huge content gaps for certain topics, especially those more typically associated with women Today's example: Battenberg lace

  • February 06, 2020 7:48 AM | Jill Hawkins

    There will be a memorial service this Saturday, February 8 for the husband of founding member, Doris Schick. The service will be at 10:30am at South Glastonbury Congregational Church, Glastonbury, CT with refreshments to follow.

    Bill Schick passed away in early December. Here is the link to his obiturary:

    Unfortunately, I am unable to attend, but it would be great if someone from NELG is able to get there to meet the family and get some news of Doris and to let her know that we miss here at NELG.


  • January 20, 2020 3:27 PM | Bryce Wolf

    Wini Blacklow put me onto this wonderful artist in needlelace/mixed media. Take a look: truly inspirational use of traditional materials! You don't have to do needlelace to enjoy them.

  • January 07, 2020 1:40 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    It's that time of year again, the beginning of the New Year.  The crazy shopping, decorating, and entertaining has finally calmed down.  Your holiday guests have likely returned to their normal lives at home.  Hopefully you now have a little time to breath.

    I'm not really a big fan of New Years resolutions.  Most of them fall by the wayside by the end of the month if I believe the smaller crowds at the gym then.  However, I do regard finishing the obligations of the holidays a good time to look at what I am doing and plan ahead.

    One thing I am determined is to finish at least one lingering bobbin lace project on a pillow.  There are so many to choose from, which is a shame.  I would like to get the carp-dragon piece finished.  It was started in the last Year of the Dragon.  I would like to finish it before the next.

    So, I encourage everyone to do the same.  Is there something that you can finish?  If not, is there a project that you would love to start?  After all, challenging yourself is good for you!  And if you do get something done, remember that you can enter it in the Big E.  We would love to have a great display of lace for everyone to see.

  • November 10, 2019 8:48 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Sadly, we received the news that Jeannet van Oord passed away yesterday, 9 November 2019.  She was a prominent lace teacher for NELG for many years.  I have met so many people who have learned from her over the years, myself included.  She will be missed, but in many ways her legacy lives on.  Even today, I was mentioning to some people that when someone says they use a 7-2 picot I usually find Jeannet somewhere in their backgrounds.

    Jeannet once mentioned to me that she had started out as a general craft teacher.  Once she discovered bobbin lace, that was the craft for her.  I learned Binche from her as well as Withof.  She was special.

    So for her family, I send my deepest sympathies.  While their grief is no doubt huge, there are also many of us who are also so sad at this time.

  • November 03, 2019 8:51 AM | Laura Bensley

    Lenka of Lenka's Wire Lace sent me a postcard announcing her "3rd Lace heart art International Challenge and Online Exhibition of Handmade Bobbin Lace in Colour".

    Entering the challenge seems very doable and there are prizes.

    Have fun and good luck!

  • October 24, 2019 10:11 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    Last Saturday, NELG's annual "road trip" was a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston MA.  I had been there several times before, so I was not expecting an exceptional visit.  After all, this is a museum that has restricted its collection due to the will of Mrs. Gardner. 

    I really appreciated our tour.  Our guide focused on a few of the paintings as well as the lace collection.  What was interesting to me was that it wasn't a one way passing of information.  Our group was able to pass information to the guide, so it was a conversation.

    The last time I was there was before the new addition was added.  It was also a time when the lace collection was not displayed for some reason.  The lace is  available to see now, although it is not brightly lit for conservation reasons.  Having learned a thing or two about lace over time, it is a wonderful collection of lace.  My guess is 18th century or earlier for most of it.  Gorgeous Mechlin and Binche are there.  When you look at it, you should remember that someone spun those spider-web weight linen threads by hand, as well as that someone in a blacksmith shop produced the pins by hand.  Needless to say, we cannot reproduce them now.

    So thank you Gardner Museum.  I really enjoyed the visit.

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