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  • June 07, 2023 5:16 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I had heard an interview with Kate a while back, and she talks about the circuitous route of this diary to her hands. And it's a story I hope can come true for Ipswich lace someday too--overlooked or underappreciated documents telling a terrific story. 

    But this one starts with Bobbin Lace!

    NYT Review: A Scrapbook Offers a Material Glimpse of Another World

    “The Dress Diary” is an intimate record of one wardrobe — and its era.

    The inaugural entry commemorates Sykes’s wedding day in 1838 with a neat rectangle of white-checked muslin and a piece of bobbin lace.

  • June 04, 2023 9:12 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I got an announcement about an upcoming Teneriffe / Sol / Ñandutí event. It sounds unusual and I would attend, but I have a prior commitment at the time slot. It's a public notice, but it came only to people who had some certain terms in their IOLI profiles. So ICYMI:

    I am making this invitation because you are in the group that is interested in Tenerife, Dramwork, Identification or Lace History according to the IOLI Handbook 2023. My name is Elizabeth Correa, from Brazil, and I am also a member of IOLI as a Tenerife lacemaker, teacher and researcher.

    I organize every year a virtual meeting of SOLES weavers and in 2023 our SOL LACE DAY will bring the SOLES OF MARACAIBO, a unique technique to make SOLES and that was almost unattainable until 2014, when I went to Venezuela to know it and began to spread on the Web the “tejedoras” of SOLES OF MARACAIBO, this group of guardians that brought this complex radial weaving tradition to our days.

    SOL LACE DAY with VENEZUELA will be hosted by ZOOM, on the 24th of June, Saturday, at 10:00 am, Brasilia time. Close to the date, 72 hours previous, the link to the virtual event will be available in our social media: Facebook ELIZABETH HORTA CORREA or NHANDUTI DE ATIBAIA and Instagram @rendatenerife . Follow us! Check below the hour at your place.

    Along with more “tejedoras” we hope to see you at SOL LACE DAY con VENEZUELA!

    Elizabeth Horta Correa

    See it also here: @rendatenerife on Instagram

  • June 01, 2023 10:10 AM | Sumiko Tray

    Kumiko will be visiting again the fall, 2023.  Her workshop is scheduled in Woodbridge, CT, from 10/6 to 10/10.  She will be teaching Binche and other laces such as Flanders Lace, Paris, Rosaline, Bruges Flower Laces, and Duchesse.  Interested?  Please contact Sumiko Tray.

  • May 25, 2023 11:09 AM | Gail MacLean (Administrator)

    We are saddened to learn that Pamela Nottingham, the author of wonderful lace books and respected teacher, passed away on May 12, 2023.

  • May 15, 2023 9:06 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Story about a program for women recovering from Hansen's disease to make lace. Has echoes of the long history of lace as an educational route for the churches.

    Iloilo’s ex-hansenite lacemakers seek market boost

  • May 13, 2023 11:05 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    A new member of the Fremont community, but not a new at all to the Bay Area, is the Lace Museum that will be reopening its doors in Fremont for the first time on Mothers' Day weekend...

    The Fremont Podcast

    Episode at this link, or search your podcast app for The Fremont Podcast.

  • April 20, 2023 8:23 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Check out that roller pillow! I have never seen one with the roller oriented that way.

    Take your time, do bobbin lace!

  • April 18, 2023 10:38 AM | Sumiko Tray


    I am not able to attend the meeting on May 6.  I have paid for coffee and lunch. If someone wants to take my place, it is all yours.  Please contact me and I will pass your name to the organizers. My contact information is in the directory.

    Sumiko Tray

  • April 11, 2023 2:20 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    There was recently a small discussion of the amazing lace-like cut book of Marie de’ Medici, and this other book just came my way today. It is too early to be lace, I think the idea of the stonework on the cathedral makes sense.

    Still, it's just lovely, even if 1300s is too early for it to be a lace imitation.

    A Cut Above the Rest…? Unraveling the Mystery of the Walters “Lace” Manuscript

    Lynley Anne Herbert

  • April 06, 2023 10:56 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I was looking for something else in The Met today, and came across this remarkably colorful piece. 

    I don't really have anything else to add, but wanted to capture it before I moved on to what I really wanted.

    Capuchin 1725-1750

    What I really wanted: American 1820-1829 black silk cloak with a Ipswich-like trim.

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