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  • July 22, 2022 12:01 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Spotted this podcast episode with some names I recognized, and I thought it was nicely constructed. It celebrates lace history and traditions but also moves it forward with contemporary lace art.


    You can listen on podcast apps or from the web page, but also go see the episode page for some lovely images of lace work and links to a lot of good resources. 

  • July 19, 2022 2:56 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Today I went into the studio at WBUR, a Boston NPR station, to talk about Ipswich lace. I had pitched it as a story idea for their Hidden History segment in April, and they researched it more and decided to run it.

    Link to audio: How hundreds of men, women and children built a cottage lace industry in Ipswich

    They had reached out to the Ipswich Museum and Katherine Chaison and brought her in as well. She was terrific. 

    Karen Thompson was able to talk with them as well, so we have that audio--I'm so glad that worked out. 

    And they wanted to know about young people making lace, so I pointed them to LaceTok! They found several bits of audio there to use as well. [I didn't tell them that was a local thing, it just got twisted a little there]. 

    I wish I had more time to explain our work on the mobile exhibit, but that's ok--anyone looking for Ipswich lace will find us now and we can spread the word in other ways. It was still great to raise the profile of this lace and have a way for people to find out more. 

    If you want to see some of the things we talked about--like Alexander Hamilton's papers and the sample lace, start here: Ipswich Lace at Wikipedia

  • July 12, 2022 6:42 PM | Jill Hawkins

    The Boston NPR station, WBUR, has a local show called RadioBoston. They have a relatively new segment called "Hidden History", and Mary Mangen pitched to them the Ipswich Lace story this past April. 

    They have been pre-interviewing and researching it, and they have decided to run with it next Tuesday (July 19). So (assuming no breaking news or something wild), they will have someone from the Ipswich Museum and Mary to talk about Ipswich lace. (We offered them Karen Thompson and she did talk with them during the background research, but they wanted someone local, I guess!) Mary will be bringing in her samples to the studio so they can have a look as well. Hopefully they'll post some photos with the story.

    11am ET is the live version, and they typically replay the show at 3pm. But it should be stored long-term and accessible later. They have a stream option so you don't have to be in the radio range.

    It's all because of our project to raise the profile of Ipswich lace. It's working! 

  • July 01, 2022 5:04 PM | Bryce Wolf

    This is just to reassure lacemakers in the Eastern MA area that once again Sharon Sacco and I will be driving out to Springfield on Sept. 7 to deliver entries to the BigE lace competition. So finish up those UFOs and plan on getting them to us by the preceding weekend! Entry forms and other information can be found on the BigE website. (We will also deliver entries to other departments as well.)

    Happy lacemaking!

  • June 23, 2022 9:28 AM | Sumiko Tray

    I will be hosting Kumiko Nakazaki’s workshop from 9/22 to 9/26.  She can teach Binche, Flanders Lace, Bruges Flower Lace, Paris Lace, Rosaline Lace, and Duchess Lace.  Please e-mail me if you are interested.  You can take 5 days or 3 days workshop.  I highly recommend to take 5 days workshop for Binche Lace.  Hope some of you can attend.

  • June 18, 2022 3:49 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I laughed. 

    The 40th Idrija lace festival in Slovenia. I know we aren't going. But I still thought it was interesting to see celebrations of lace out there. 

  • June 14, 2022 7:37 PM | Sumiko Tray
    International Lace Day, the Facebook group, is organizing the lace day.  We get together,  make lace, take pictures, and post on Facebook.  I have registered for the event and have blank copies of the badges.  Anyone interested in joining me between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on 6/26?  Please contact me at or send me text message at 704-501-7923.  I live in Woodbridge, near New Haven.  
  • June 09, 2022 9:23 AM | Jill Hawkins

    Hello everyone

    The funeral for NELG founding member, Doris Schick, will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 2 at South Congregational Church, 949 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT 06073.


  • June 08, 2022 8:27 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Massachusetts Historical Society talk

    I have no idea if it will touch on lace. But I'm curious. These talks are typically very high quality.

    Via tweet

    Hybrid event next Monday 6 pm EDT (USA): virtual=free: author of ONLY THE CLOTHES ON HER BACK: CLOTHING AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF POWER IN THE 19TH CENTURY

    Laura F. Edwards, Princeton, in conversation with Christine Desan, Harvard 

    Registration link

  • May 27, 2022 3:48 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Listening to the local NPR today, a curator from a new exhibit at the Hancock Shaker village talked about the new installation that they have, which includes something about European lace. But I wasn't quite clear on what it was.

    What I found at the Shaker site

    Another highlight of her work in the exhibition are video projections of her magnum opus Thread Routes (2010–) and its companion series Thread Routes—Lightwaves (2010–) in the Round Stone Barn. The second of this six-episode-series film, which focuses on European lacemaking, will illuminate inside this iconic building, stitching together the light and the dark.

    It was during this interview at WBUR, RadioBoston.

    Edit to add: I found a video that sounds like bobbins...

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