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  • September 29, 2019 11:36 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I will blame this one on Judy since she is very interested in fans as can be seen by her lovely little fan that did so nicely in the Big E. 

    For those of us who get serious about lace, we tend to collect resources over the years, no matter what type of lace it is.  Often we buy lace books for access to the patterns even if we know we can't make them until we learn more than we know.  I know I am guilty of that many times over.  We can get overwhelmed by books after a while.  Typically, I will flip though a book to see if it should be added, but just a typically, I also set it aside once purchased since there are other distractions in my life.  I do like to look at the pictures, but often reading the text goes on a "to do" list.  But Judy's fan has reminded me that I have yet to read Claudette and Michel Bouvot's book entitled "Eventails" ("Fans").  Oh my,  the pictures are great, but there is so much history there.  I will enjoy reading it.

  • June 16, 2019 11:40 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    You can now register your entries for the Big E.  Registrations will be accept through 15 August.  Here are the relevant links:

    For information on the Department and Division go to  Please note that if you have participated in the Big E before, the department number has changed, so please read this document. 

    Information on the competition rules, how to mail an entry, and a link to the online entry form are on  This page will also let you access the paper entry form if you choose to manually enter, as well as the entry labels.  Please note that we will have people in both CT and MA who will be bringing in entries and retrieving them after the Big E is finished, so you may not need to mail your entry.

    NELG will still be coordinating demonstrators.  While in past years it has been a little less formal (yes, a group of us have made the decision to demonstrate based on no one else showing up on the next day), this year's rules will require preregistration by every demonstrator.  You will be signing up on the NELG event calendar, but this needs to be done by 1 August.

    I hope to see your entry in the display case.  Please note that registering your entry is not the same as having a complete entry.  The entries need to be completed before 3 September which is the day that they must be at the Big E.  Yes, I have a couple of my entries started, but one has not gone beyond the design stage.  I will get them done!

  • May 02, 2019 11:39 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    While the Big E is not quite ready for entries yet (they promise to have that part of the website active later this month), I hope that everyone is making plans for entering.  Lace projects are not usually started and completed in one day.  You can have up to three entries for the Big E.  Entries are not limited to complicated laces.  Beginners are welcome and even have their own category.  I will update this blog as necessary, but please consider entering something.  This is a great way to let people know that there are lacemakers out there.

  • March 30, 2019 11:37 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I watched a video on Idrija lace this morning.  This is a video from UNESCO.  there are a lot of short interviews with lace makers, both women and men, as well as designers.  The lace patterns they are using are beautiful.  While Idrija uses few bobbins and coarser thread than the continental laces, it is a beautiful lace.  Here is the link:


  • March 17, 2019 11:08 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    With the NELG Retreat rapidly approaching, I would like to mention to anyone out there who would like to start learning bobbin lace that we will be having a beginner's class this year.  This is open to anyone who would like to learn, not just NELG members.  If you are interested, follow the links to the retreat details on the NELG home page. The retreat will be held in North Andover MA from May 16 - 19 2019.  Registration ends on April 15.

  • February 03, 2019 11:33 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I noticed this piece on NPR this morning (, and while it is not technically lace, it certainly reminds me of lace.  This is about gold jewelry from Senegal that is worked with filigree.  There is more information and pictures on the Smithsonian's website (  Perhaps it will inspire lacemakers, particularly those who like to make wire lace.

  • January 10, 2019 8:34 PM | Jill Hawkins

    Just heard about this brand new event that is taking place in Lowell MA. If you're in the area, why don't you check it out?

  • December 05, 2018 11:14 AM | Bryce Wolf

    Thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of Nancy Neff the NELG library is now the happy owner of the "Lace not Lace" catalog.  This was published in conjunction with the Hunterdon Art Museum exhibit of contemporary lace organized by Devon Thein.  Some of us have managed to get there; others of us wish we could. In any case, this is a lovely informative book with lots of eye candy. It is now officially listed in our library catalog and available for borrowing. (I had to read it first...) Thank you, Nancy!


  • November 14, 2018 5:58 PM | Carolyn Wetzel

    Thanks Gail for another wonderful edition of the newsletter! I especially like the linked resources you had on the first page.

  • November 13, 2018 10:02 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    This 26th volume, number 5 (Winter 2018) PieceWork has Point d Gaze on cover.  It features needlework articles from old books and publications.  A lot of lacemakers enjoy old quotes.

    It has an interesting article on page 30 - The Secret in the Old Lace - about Nancy Drew and her detective adventures in Bruges, followed by instructions for two small needlelace hearts just right size to applique on clothing.  My library is sufficiently open-minded that I have a 1980 edition this Nancy Drew book.

    This PieceWork also has a knitting pattern on page 40 for a lacy fichu that might have been made in Louisa May Alcott's era, a wonderful lacy knit scarf on page 66, and Russian-style knitted lacy mitts on page 68.  Plus, articles about women's needlework magazines of the late 19th-to-early 20th centuries have been researched in-depth and are explained.  Anyone who collects Needlecraft, Priscilla, or Fancy Needlework magazines will find these articles of interest.

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