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  • May 23, 2022 4:55 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Hi folks: I know it's not lace, but 2 things about Ned. 

    1. We recently asked him to look at a pillow in his collection that looks like an Ipswich bolster. We can't tell--but it has the right circumference. Anyway, so he's been made aware of Ipswich lace. American ? lace pillow.

    2. The Maine Historical folks that have the wonderful Zilpah cape that we want to use on our poster just made me aware of their upcoming talks. And they also asked us for one on our project! So I'd like to see one of theirs to know what might be the right content for them. Zilpah cape, if you haven't seen it already: 

    Anyway, over at this link you can register for Ned's zoom event on 18th century silks. Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

  • May 16, 2022 8:50 PM | Jill Hawkins

    Here is a message from Doris' daughter, Jennifer: 

    My mom, Doris Virginia Schick, passed away peacefully this morning between 4:30am and 530am mst. Mom was one of those pure souls put on this earth. I feel so blessed to not only have known her, but that I was lucky enough to have her as my mother. She was artist, adventurer and caregiver with a wonderful sense of humor and perspective on life. She loved me unconditionally. Her smile was like no other and even when she couldn’t talk these last few years due to her worsening dementia, she always knew us, embraced us and connected with everyone around her with her lovely spirit. She fought tirelessly to connect with everyone until the very end. I will love you forever momma. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    She was a very special person who will be sorely missed by all who loved her.

  • May 16, 2022 6:19 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Doesn't look like much lace-related stuff, but I know there are a lot of folks in this group who also do weaving and have other textile interests as well.

    The virtual fair returns, focused exclusively on extraordinary antique rugs and textiles from around the globe. Hosted by HALI—the world’s leading magazine on antique rugs and textiles... Find out more:

    If anyone spots lace-related stuff, post it. I haven't had time to look through the whole thing yet. 

  • April 15, 2022 10:49 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Ready, set, go: enriching and promoting crafts with the CRAFTED project

    CRAFTED - a Europeana Generic Services project - aims to support the transfer of European crafts to future generations by aggregating, enriching and promoting tangible crafts heritage.


     The first CRAFTED blog highlights our love for crafts: Lace, a Labour of Love explores the history and influence of lacecraft throughout the ages. If you can't get enough of lace, you can also peruse two related galleries: showcases of Bobbin Lace and Needle Lace.

  • April 05, 2022 11:44 AM | Jill Hawkins

    It is with much sadness that the Springett family announce the sudden and unexpected passing of David Springett on Sunday, April 3rd. David's illustrious career in wood turning, spanning over 40 years, left an impression on so many within the lace making community, and we are thankful to you for the outpouring of condolences we have received.

    As a family, we are devastated, and adjusting to a life without David's sharp wit and unending kindness is not something we look forward to.

    Details of the funeral will be announced in due course. For those wishing to make a donation in David's memory, can we suggest that contributions be made to the British Heart Foundation.

    Many thanks for your support at this time
    Nadine Springett (David's daughter in law)

  • March 27, 2022 2:50 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    They gave a table for people to show off their collections of things, or their hobby. One of the people displayed bobbin lace.

    This is the kind of thing I'm hoping that we'll be able to do with the Ipswich exhibit around New England.

    Collectors strut their stuff at 'Pop-up exhibits' at museum

    Julie McKenna displayed bobbin lace.

    “This is a lost art,” she said, adding she was excited at the chance to display stuff.

    She said she would like to see more exhibits and give the collectors more time to show their stuff.

  • February 20, 2022 2:24 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Just wanted to capture these 2 recent programs about lace while I was thinking of them.

    Hallmark show on a lace veil with special powers, includes scenes of lace making and Burano Italy: The Wedding Veil Trilogy Parade Magazine.

    A Successful Humanitarian Story Hidden in Belgian War Lace of 1914-1918, Hoover Presidential Foundation talk with Evelyn McMillan. [goes to YouTube]

  • February 13, 2022 4:59 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I have lured another one to lace making. This is the archaeologist for the city of Boston, who I've been bugging about the bobbins in Paul Revere's privy. 

    He's making lace now.

  • February 07, 2022 8:15 AM | Jill Hawkins

    We learned yesterday that our beloved friend, lace maker, and teacher Susie Johnson died in her sleep on Saturday night. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. More details will follow as they become available.


  • January 27, 2022 9:05 PM | Carolyn Wetzel

    I received an email from the Lost Art Lacers saying that they have a few spots open in an online class with Louise Colgan:

    Would you know of any NELG members who might be interested in taking a virtual class in Milanese with Louise Colgan?
    It is 12 hours (1:00  - 5:00 PM, Eastern time) on Friday through Sunday, March 11-13 for $150.00.

    Contact Pat Morris if interested:

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