20th Century Lace
30 April 2021 to 23 July 2021
The Hollies
We are planning to re-open from 19 May - Wednesdays to Fridays.
For details, please see our Visit Us page...
To enable the office staff to work from home as much as possible, we are providing a temporary mobile phone number:
07511 287005
This will be answered Wednesday - Friday 10am - 3pm

Lace Guild Sapphire Anniversary

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Simply Blue is the title of a new publication due out later this year, to celebrate The Lace Guild’s Sapphire Anniversary (45 years). It will be a mixture of patterns and short articles.

The publications team invite you to submit designs, worked either entirely or mainly in blue threads, in any lace technique, bobbin or non- bobbin. The pattern/pricking must fit onto A4 paper. Please also send us details of thread, tools needed, any working diagram and a photo of the lace.


A Gallery of inspiration will also be included in the book. We will welcome pictures of lace that fits the brief but does not have a pattern. Please let us know who made the lace.


Send your contributions by email to Rosemary Green at the email address below or by post c/o The Hollies. Time is short so by August 31 at the latest but sooner if possible.


New book!

Eighteen new patterns for scarves, wraps and shawls designed by members of the Lace Guild. Includes A1 pattern sheet with full size patterns!

Volunteer Appeal
We are currently seeking volunteers to help out at The Hollies! Come for the day and enter the wonderful world of lace! We need gallery attendants to help on the ground floor, while our regular staff are in our office space upstairs. 
Volunteers have flexibility in terms of hours, but will need to commit to slots booked by visitors. During your day with us you will be able to use the library and access our archive between visits by the public. Why not make a day of it? To volunteer, please email office@laceguild.org with your name, age, availability and location and put ‘Volunteering’ in the subject line.

Lace Guild Lockdown Facebook Group

Share work produced during lockdown! This could be a project you have finished or a new design you've finally had time to work on. Check our Facebook group for further details...


Online and more!

  • If you are unable to visit The Hollies once we reopen, we are continuing with a varied programme of online engagement and will promote virtual events and classes of interest.

  • Members benefit from our Lace Magazine.

  • Our friendly staff can help you with advice and resources whether you are a beginner or more experienced lace maker.

  • We hold a list of lace tutors and groups, and our library has a wealth of resources.

  • Our online shop also has a range of patterns, equipment, books and accessories for sale - all available under the Shop tab.

Drachen by Pat Hoath
Drachen by Pat Hoath

Newly discovered African Eagle Headed Dragon. Own design. Medal of Excellence winner.

Rediscovering Cornwall by Sue Morgan
Rediscovering Cornwall by Sue Morgan

I discover on returning to the far South West a land of past memories. Own design.

Flourish! by Catherine Brown
Flourish! by Catherine Brown

Discovering a new future from an old lace pricking. Own design.

Drachen by Pat Hoath
Drachen by Pat Hoath

Newly discovered African Eagle Headed Dragon. Own design. Medal of Excellence winner.

Above: Images from the 2019 Triennial Exhibition, 'Discovery' (more images in the gallery)
The three images below have been selected from the 2016 Triennial Exhibition, 'Lets Celebrate'
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  • For our two quarterly magazines, 'Lace' and 'Early Days In Lacemaking'. Articles about visits to Museums and Lace Days, your own experiences, etc, are very welcome.

  • Do you have a niche lace interest? Tell us about it!

  • Designed a pattern and would like to share it?

  • Send anything you think would be of interest to our two editors at thelaceguild.editor@gmail.com ('Lace') and thelaceguild.ededitor@gmail.com ('Early Days In Lacemaking').

Patterns and articles wanted!
Volunteers Needed!

New Lace Guild books coming soon!

Could you volunteer to test some of the patterns sent in to us for our new books? If you think you could, please contact us at the Hollies (or via the website) and we will be (gratefully) in touch with you.

Not just bobbin lace patterns! We also need volunteers to test other kinds of lace, crochet, knitting and tatting patterns.


Poole Lace Day - 5th June 2021 - CANCELLED

St George’s Church Hall, Darby’s Lane, Oakdale, Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU.
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Sandi Woods on Utter Madness in Milanese and Silk
Competition: ‘Silk’
Bring a Packed Lunch
Tickets: Adult £5.50 in advance or £6.00 on the day. Junior £1.00

Change of Contact Details - Lace 181 - Northumbria Lacemakers
Marian on 07763 357843
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