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  • May 18, 2011 9:48 AM | Deleted user

    Ok Retreat attendees - it's time to double check that you have everything -  It's going to be a great weekend - hopefully this cloudiness will blow over by Friday A.M.

    Lace:  table/stand, lace pillow(s), prickings, bobbins, thread, and other assorted items, personal light and extension cord, extra project to work on.  If you forget, the LaceMaker is our vendor and can help you with whatever you forgot or need.

    Library books: Bring them back!

    Personal stuff:  Extra pillow, flashlight!  it gets dark, snacks & any beverages for evenings, cork screw,walking shoes for the great paths from the house to the beach.

    Remember we have our Silent Auction ----  What goodies will you be bidding on?

    See you there!

    Phone number for the Retreat House, in case of emergency only after 8pm, is (508) 295-0100.  Cell service is iffy.

  • May 15, 2011 9:21 PM | Deleted user

    Hi all,

    It's only four days away and we will be meeting at the Sacred Hearts Retreat Center to begin NELG's Retreat.

    My bobbins are wound, my pricking is ready, and my lace bags are packed.  I'm so looking forward to arriving in good shape and ready to take my class in Milanese.

    For those of you who could not attend, we will miss you and you'll be in our thoughts.



  • May 12, 2011 11:39 AM | Anonymous
    Today we reached a total (since "go-live" in mid-February) of 400 visitors to the website from the US!  And a grand total of 469 visitors worldwide, with "hits" from most continents.  Our website is creating lots of attention!

  • May 10, 2011 2:18 PM | Deleted user

    Yes - if you haven't seen the current issue of PieceWork magazine, then run out and get one.  Our own Carolyn has published an article on the Alencon Bee that she remade from the Napoleon Bonaparte bedspread that we were able to view at the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Back several months ago, Carolyn gave us a lecture and workshop on making this very special needle lace.  I have my sample, though I must say, I need more practice!

    This issue if PieceWork magazine is the Lace issue.  Carolyn's article is great, with lots pictures showing the stages of how the sample was made. 

    Again, Congratulations to Carolyn! 

  • May 09, 2011 5:37 PM | Deleted user

    Hi All,

    Beginning last week, Barbara Morrow forwarded the information we have collected on all our volunteer hours.  Thank you to Barbara for retaining the volunteer hours.

    I will be adding the PAST year 2010 and 2009 to our new database system to track the information.

    With adding the PAST years information, if you submitted hours, you will receive an email detailing your submitted information.

    If you find a error, please contact me directly at




  • May 08, 2011 10:55 PM | Deleted user

    Thanks to Clare for hosting CT Lace Day yesterday.

    It was a great day.  We got some lace, knitting, crochet, etc made.  We were all discussing the upcoming Retreat and IOLI convention.

     Retreat looks like it is full!  I'm really looking forward to a great weekend in Wareham MA.


  • May 02, 2011 7:45 PM | Deleted user

    Lace work takes me many places on the web.  I was at the IOLI website and looking at the Gallery of work made by members. 

    Our own Gail MacLean's handkerchief corner is on the site - you can see it at

    Gail - it's beautiful - I'm inspired!



  • May 01, 2011 9:02 PM | Deleted user

    Has any of our members been on a tour of the Smithsonian Lace collection?

    I was reading Piedmonth Lace Guild of Virginia and they have posted their pictures on Flicker of their visit - 

    Some really great pictures here,



  • May 01, 2011 8:21 AM | Deleted user

    Yesterday was so much fun!  Clare, Jeanne and myself volunteered and demonstrated at the 102nd festival.  Much thanks to the Connecticut Sheep Breaders Association for the invitation to demonstrate lace making all day.

    Clare had set up a great table with Jeanne by the time I arrived.  It was quite a cool day with the wind and clouds and trips over to the food barn for hot coffee was good.  We met lots of folks and heard so many family stories about lace making.

    Our booth was quite busy throughout the day.  It's a great show with lots of sheep, shepards and their dogs, and then the fleeces.  Whatever you could think of you could purchase in the way of assorted equipment and supplies.  Great yarns, roving, spinng wheels, and buttons.  I'll write about the button lady another day.  Just a note, it was like being in a candy store.

    All in all, it was a great day.  We made a couple inches of lace with the festival attendees. We handed out lots and lots of NELG brochures and hope to introduce more people to the love of lace making.

    PS there was lots of buzz about "The Dress"!


  • April 29, 2011 11:36 AM | Carolyn Wetzel
    Check out the information about the royal wedding dress with needlework by the Royal School of Needlework:

    They don't say if any of the lace is actually hand-made, just that it is hand-assembled. Anyone know?
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