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  • October 25, 2022 9:53 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Hey nearby folks: as part of the Boston Book festival, this talk is happening at the Boston Public Library on Saturday. I think I'm going to go. It doesn't look like it requires tickets. 

    Craft: The Joy of Handmade Art and Industry

    The books look interesting to check out of your local library too, even if the talk isn't possible for you.

    Edit to add: I realized I should add the books here because the event page might go away.

    Whether you collect crafts, engage in making things yourself, or aspire to turn a long-standing hobby into a business, you’ll find inspiration and insight in this session. In The Shape of Craft, Ezra Shales exhorts us to value craft as a human instinct rather than reducing it to an exemplary object on display. In fact, Shales considers craft to encompass not only the products of the individual potter, glassblower, weaver, or woodworker, but also the products of collaborative authorship, whether they are a building or a brick. In Return of the Artisan: How America Went from Industrial to Handmade, Grant McCracken describes how, owing to Covid-19, millions of consumers of artisanal goods became producers — from growing vegetables and baking bread to raising chickens, brewing beer, and sewing clothes — and how hobbyists turned into businesspeople. They will be joined in conversation by Edgar B. Herwick III of GBH’s Curiosity Desk.

  • October 20, 2022 10:01 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    The Wall Street Journal covers lace. Wow.

    ‘Threads of Power: Lace From the Textilmuseum St. Gallen’ Review: Webs of Influence

    If you can't get past the paywall, just go look at the online exhibit. It has the key things.

  • October 13, 2022 1:11 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)
  • October 12, 2022 5:03 PM | Deleted user

    did you miss listening to the radio talk on Ipswich lace on Radio Boston.   I found this  link so you can listen for the first time or review this program.

    Hope you enjoy !   It was a great program!  Thanks NELG

  • October 03, 2022 10:31 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    This is going to be a very niche item. That said, the more of you lace makers I meet, the more I grasp the heavy sci-tech nature of this couvige.

    High-resolution silkworm pan-genome provides genetic insights into artificial selection and ecological adaptation

    Anyway: researchers sequenced the DNA of silkworms. They picked different silkworms around the world to compare them. In some species, they might still have a gene that another variety lost. Or some have a gene turned up to 11 that's only set to level 3 in another one. 

    They found that one crucial different between fine and coarse silk, in this gene:

    We found an 11.1 kb intron insertion and a 6.2 kb downstream insertion of the chitooligosaccharidolytic beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase (BmChit β-GlcNAcase) gene in Chunfeng and Suxiu strains (Fig. 6f). We found that the BmChit β-GlcNAcase gene is expressed at a significantly higher level in fine silk strains (Suxiu, Chunfeng) and has an expression peak in silk press at the wandering stage (which occurs at the start of spinning) (Supplementary Fig. 6b, c). CRISPR-cas9 mediated knockout of the BmChit β-GlcNAcase gene produced coarser silk (Fig. 6g, Supplementary Fig. 6d). All these results suggest a key role of the BmChit β-GlcNAcase gene in the determination of silk fineness.

    I don't understand what that gene does yet (but it sounds to me like it cuts sugars off, which makes sense...), but it looks like the key. So this gene, when turned up, makes silk finer. When they knock it out, it's coarser silk.

    This is wicked cool. 

  • September 20, 2022 9:47 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    It's not lace, but might be of some interest to folks here. This North Bennet School in Boston is where I got my new lace pillow in the Queyras style. They have other hand craft skills and this talk is apparently about weaving and technology tensions.

    Check out those fat cloth stitch sculptures--now I'm wondering about giant soft lace sculptures too!

    From that post there's a link to their Eventbrite to register for the zoom tickets.

  • September 08, 2022 1:26 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Inside the Fascinating History of Lace

    The intricate textile—with its many technical and social complexities—is a key subject during New York Textile Month

    Coinciding with New York Textile Month, “Threads of Power: Lace From the Textilmuseum St. Gallen” is the first large-scale exhibition on lace to be presented in New York in over 40 years. The show, which opens on September 16, is chiefly aimed to address the “simultaneous presence and invisibility of the lacemaker,”....

    Nice piece on the Bard exhibition.

  • September 05, 2022 7:26 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    This woman makes Ñandutí lace out of denim cutouts. It's cool, and expensive. 

    Libby Newell.

  • August 29, 2022 5:11 PM | Sumiko Tray

    Spaces are still available.  The dates are from 9/22 to 9/26.  There is an option to choose the dates during this time.  Please contact me if you are interested in Kumiko Nakazaki’s workshop.  My e-mail address is and the cell phone number is 704-501-7923.  Kumiko will be teaching at the Finger Lace Guild Retreat this year.  Anyone who needs Kumiko’s instruction after the retreat is very welcome.

  • August 22, 2022 2:18 PM | Jill Hawkins

    Offered through the Lace Museum, join this virtual class every Thursday from Sept 29th - November 17, 2022
    To Sign Up for This Class you need to Contact:

    The Bedfordshire Butterfly: an Interdisciplinary Adventure in Three Lace Techniques

    Course Description: Made in five separate pieces, students will learn elements of 3 different lace techniques in one pattern that include Honiton, Bedfordshire and Cluny laces….a three for one! The body of the Butterfly uses Honiton techniques including starting at a point, working up the edge, the four-pin bud, working with and crossing the coarse thread, making a divided trail and ending at a point. The lower and upper wings use techniques from Bedfordshire and Cluny lace that include the Bedfordshire and Cluny joins, crossing trails, Bedfordshire circles, adding and deleting pairs, leaves, picots, cloth stitch trails and footside techniques, plus pattern interpretation, design, and the use of color. A bonus discussion on how to use this pricking with Honiton Fillings will also be discussed. The pattern was redrafted by Holly Van Sciver from a traditional pattern published by Pamela Nottingham.

    Dates: 8 Thursdays – September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, and 17, 2022 (24 hours of class time)

    Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

    Registration Fee: $280

    Please visit the event page for more information.

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