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  • 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.

  • 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.

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