New England
Lace Group

NELG Monthly Meeting

  • November 23, 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge, MA


  • Attendance at monthly meetings is free to members. Newcomers and guests are always welcome!

Registration is closed

Please note that this month our meeting is one week later than usual.

The library opens at 10:30 a.m., so please come early to visit with your lace making friends. Please register for this event so we know how many to expect.

Don't forget we have a "Show and Tell" table at each monthly meeting that takes place in Sturbridge.  Members are encouraged to bring a fiber-related project that they have recently finished to show to the group, and to declare some bragging rights!

Program: "Thread Makes the Lace"

How often do you worry about how to choose the correct thread for a bobbin lace pattern? Some patterns come with thread recommendations, but often those threads are not available or you have a different thread that you want to use for the project. While there are guidelines related to footside pins per inch, the best way to get the finished look that you want is to make a sample. Then if you don't like the way the lace looks, you can change either the thread (size, texture, fiber) or the pattern size (enlarge or reduce).

For the November program we will make lace! You can work on a group project to show how a variety of thread-pattern size combinations of one simple Torchon pattern leads to different looking lace. The goal is to put photos of the finished laces along with the thread and pattern size information on the NELG website as an educational display. If you are willing to donate your finished sample to NELG, it can become part of a display for demonstrations, etc., too.

What to bring: Any thread of your choice, wound on 14 pairs of bobbins; pillow; pins; basic tools (contact if you need to borrow supplies for the day)

What will be provided: Patterns (pre-pricked!), instructions


  1. If you want to participate in the project but can’t make it to the meeting, contact Carolyn Wetzel at to get the pattern and instructions.
  2. If you participated in the initial project back in 2011-2012, I still have your lace and it will be included in this updated effort.
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