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  • January 16, 2018 1:51 PM | Deleted user
    Hi all,

    Some of you may have read an article in our NELG newsletter about my participation in the Urchin Lace project.  If you haven't cracked open your IOLI Bulletin - Winter 2018 do so now.  You'll  find my 2 page spread on the project.  this link is to my Facebook page with pictures

    You'll also find an article in the IOLI Bulletin by Devon Thein and her exhibit, Lace not Lace,  that will be shown at the Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey in September.  The museum is looking for support to enable the Urchins to be shown at that exhibit. This will be (must be a first!) an outdoor exhibit of lace in the United States.  Any support you can muster would be greatly appreciated to bring the Urchins, and more importantly, a major outdoor exhibit of lace.    You can help by going to - thank you in advance!  


  • January 03, 2018 1:50 PM | Jill Hawkins

    We recently heard that Virginia (Ginny) Korz passed away on December 16, 2017, aged 80. She had recently undergone hip surgery and was recovering well. Heart issues had arisen, but were under control when she suffered a cardiac event.

    A short service took place the week before Christmas. Interment and a memorial service will be held in the spring.

    Ginny had been a member of NELG for many years, although she has not been active recently. Our condolences to her family.


  • December 28, 2017 10:59 AM | Jill Hawkins

    Some of you may know Anny Noben-Slegers and may have attended a workshop with her at Lies' house back in the late 1908s/early 1990s. 

    I am sorry to say that Anny passed away on Friday, December 22 and is now teaching the angels how to make lace.


  • December 19, 2017 1:42 AM | Marjorie Dashef
    IOLI member and Idrija teacher, Allie Marguccio will be featured in a documentary filmed by public television station WPSU (Penn State University, State College, PA) titled: “Pennsylvania Folklore : Woven Together” which will air on December 21, 2017 at 8 PM (EST). The program will be available online at after the airing date.
  • December 02, 2017 5:02 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    For those who like to follow the lace in the Advent Calendar from the Lace Guild, this year's version has started.  See: .  Enjoy!

  • November 30, 2017 9:13 AM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I saw this article on musical instruments and rosewood this morning (See: , and I wondered if the fears of those whose cellos and guitars that have rosewood in them should also be shared with bobbin lace makers with rosewood bobbins.  I knew that the availability of rosewood had diminished in recent times, but I was unaware that in some countries rosewood can be confiscated at the border.  It might be best to research the regulations on rosewood for a country you might be visiting, or, even better, bring the less expensive ones with you if you are traveling internationally.

  • November 20, 2017 3:18 PM | Jill Hawkins

    I just received an email from Jo Firth (an English supplier) which I thought I would pass along. I know most of you will not be ordering from the UK, but the information about the DMC merger/takeover is worth sharing, as is the note about Anchor Lace thread being discontinued.

    "We are having trouble with certain DMC threads. DMC in the UK at least, have been taken over by a company called Blue Gem, who have merged DMC, Sirdar Wools and Wool And The Gang into one "DMC Group" and have moved operations to  the Sirdar warehouse in Wakefield. This is about 30 mins away from me by car but parcels are taking longer than they did from France!  (Getting better as difficulties are ironed out) However in their wisdom, they have decided not to stock certain DMC products. The ones which concern lacemaking/tatting/crochet etc are the Perle 12 in colours and Special Dentelles 80 in colours. They are only stocking white, black and ecru in these. They are not stocking Broder machine 50/2 or Variations Perle 5 in hanks. Having argued the cause for lacemaking until I am blue in the face, it has been decided that we (UK suppliers) will be able to still order these items from France, WHEN they have sorted out a method by which to do so. So please be patient and do not believe certain suppliers who are telling people that DMC have stopped production! In the meantime, I keep removing colours from the web, so even if you see the colour on the photograph, it might not be in the "available" list.

    To make matters more complicated Anchor have stopped making Anchor Lace thread. So only available while stocks last."


  • November 16, 2017 11:10 AM | Bryce Wolf

    I will be bringing some photos and other NELG memorabilia with me to the November meeting. We can have a little fun looking through the years for previous events and old friends!

  • October 21, 2017 11:57 PM | Sharon Sacco (Administrator)

    I would like to thank Jamie Eves and Bev York for the tour that NELG members took on Saturday.  I, for one, learned from the presentations so it was well worth the trip.  For those who could not come today, it is a small museum with a lot of impact.

  • October 16, 2017 12:09 PM | Bryce Wolf

    I plan to be driving down from eastern MA to the Windham Textile Museum visit in CT.  If anyone would like to join me, please let me know.  We can arrange a convenient meetup point.  It's always more fun with a few people in the car! -- Bryce

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