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Welcome to the Lace Guild

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Home of both Traditional Craft and Textile Innovation

Our Magazines

We offer two quarterly magazines to members of the Guild, published at the end of July, October, January and April.

 

Lace is the main magazine, 64 pages of articles, community news and patterns.

 

Early Days In Lacemaking is aimed at novice lacemakers, and contains around 30 pages of mostly easy patterns.

Our Museum and Library

We are an educational charity dedicated to the conservation of the past and to the development of the future.

We have a Museum full of important, beautiful and inspirational artefacts which is open every Wed to Sat.

Our Library has many hard to find books which are loaned out by post.

Our Shop

We sell our own books, bobbins and accessories, as well as second hand books and lace equipment and back issues of the magazines.

Shop with us online, by phone, or in person at The Hollies.

Booking is now open for Spring School 2024

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Booking is also open for Summer School 2024

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

A Letter To All Our Members

Since the Guild has become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) we have had to amend, revise and restructure many of our procedures. This change to a CIO, secures the Guild's ‘Accredited Museum’ status and is an essential requirement for future grant applications.

As part of these revisions there has been a redefinition of the terms of our insurance. Previously, when a lace group has run an event, they benefitted from Guild insurance for their cover. Since moving to CIO status, The Lace Guild insurance policy still covers Lace Guild events and members, however, events
organised by non-members and visitors are no longer able to benefit from LG insurance cover.

From now on this will require individual lace groups to organise their own insurance.

There are lots of sources of information online about insurance cover suitable for charities, for example, https://www.policybee.co.uk/charity-insurance.

Update

Our insurance is due for review and renewal in September. As a result of the review process with our brokers there has been a redefinition of the terms of our insurance.

Previously, when a lace group has run an event, they benefited from Guild insurance for their cover.

The Lace Guild Insurance policy does now only cover Lace Guild events, this will include the forthcoming National Lacemaking Day, if organised for or on behalf of the Lace Guild.

Unfortunately, it no longer covers classes, exhibitions or Lace Days that are not Lace Guild events even if they are organised by Lace Guild members.

From now on this will require individual lace groups to organise their own insurance. There are lots of sources of information online about insurance cover suitable for your needs. Insurance can be arranged very quickly and easily for not a great outlay.

We apologise for this situation which is beyond our control.

We must also apologise for the communication problems. In all good faith we used the emails given to us to inform those people/groups that had registered with the Lace Guild for insurance.

Can I ask that all members please update their contact details.

THE LACE GUILD as an educational charity is committed to promoting excellence in the craftsmanship of lace and lacemaking.
To complete its aims it is reliant on the membership to cultivate new ideas and support to make them a reality.
Whether that is through supporting the Museum, Library and Archive, CUSTODIANS OF THE PAST, or supporting the continuation of Lace through education and promoting excellence, GUARDIANS OF THE FUTURE.

The next step is to complete the form to be found on the Volunteering Page.
If you are still a little unsure, send an email to The Hollies office@laceguild.org and we will arrange for you to chat to one of the Trustees.

Current Lace Magazine - Issue 191 Summer 2023

Torchon Tablecloth (by Tina Sauvage)

Features...

Interpreting Elemental (by Robina Melville)

The Westhope Group's exhibition at the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch.

My Trip to Wave Rock (by Doreen Creed)

An outstanding Lace Museum near Perth in Australia.

Withof and Floral Bedfordshire Lace (by Elaine Moule)

Coventry Cathedral Window (by Hilary Richards)

Plus... Jenny Davies on the Patricia Bury Collection... Leather Lace Patterns by Angela Thompson...

And patterns by Ann Wild, Sharon Scothern, Rieko Tamura and Lesley F. Williams...

Current Early Days Magazine - Issue 21 August 2023

With patterns by Natalie Hodgson, Sara Ruks, Sharon Scothern and Gisela Clasen...

Last Call For Membership Renewal

Our membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June. Renew now if you haven't already, to continue receiving your magazines! 

Renew either by filling in the form enclosed with your Spring issue of Lace, or by phone on +44 (0)1384 390739, or through our online shop.

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New Book! Tiles And Beyond, a look at the patterns sent in for Raising The Roof

Current Exhibition at The Hollies

5 August - 11 November 2023 "Eastern European Laces"

The Needlelaces of Hungary such as Pannonia, Halas and Nemeshany. From Romania the unique blend of crochet braid with needle fillings, modern Czech, Slovenian and Idrijan Bobbin laces.

 

All these are to be found in our Collection, along with items from Poland and Russia.

 

Our Collection contains a wide range of work from these countries, much of which has not been displayed before.

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