20th Century Lace
19 May 2021 to 23 July 2021
The Hollies
Forthcoming Exhibition
8th October 2021 - 21st January 2022

'Lockdown Lace'

This is an opportunity to see some of the many projects undertaken by members to while away the hours during the enforced Covid 19 restrictions. 
If you would like to loan your lace for this display, please email office@laceguild.org
or send an image of your item to The Hollies
clearly marked Attention of Liz Muncey - Lockdown Lace.
We will then contact you nearer the date to ask you when to
bring or send it to us.
Our phones are back to normal:

01384 390739
answered Wednesday to Friday 10am - 3pm
Volunteer Appeal
We are currently seeking Gallery Attendants to help out at The Hollies with our 20th Century Lace Exhibition.

Lace Guild Sapphire Anniversary

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Simply Blue is a new publication celebrating The Lace Guild's Sapphire Anniversary of 45 years. The book will feature a mixture of patterns and short articles.

You are invited to submit designs worked entirely or mainly in blue threads, in any lace technique, bobbin or non-bobbin. Patterns or prickings must fit A4 paper. Please include details of thread, tools needed, working diagram and a photo of the lace.


We welcome pictures of lace fitting the brief but without a pattern, for inclusion in a gallery of inspiration. Please include name of maker.


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


Buy a mask!

Lace Guild Face Mask

When booking your visit to The Hollies, don't forget to purchase one of our Lace Guild face masks to bring along...

Buy one now!


New Book!


Our latest book It's a Wrap features eighteen new patterns for scarves, wraps and shawls designed by members of the Lace Guild.


The book is available in our online shop.


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...

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Patterns and articles wanted!


We are currently accepting submissions for our two quarterly publications Lace and Early Days in Lacemaking...

  • Do you have a niche lace interest? 

  • Want to share your own views?

  • Designed a pattern and would like to share it?

​​​​​​Send articles to: 



Volunteers needed!

We need volunteers to test some of the patterns sent in to us for our new books. We need people to test:


  • bobbin lace

  • other kinds of lace

  • crochet, knitting and tatting patterns


Please contact us via the website or one of our social media channels listed at the bottom of this page, and we will be (gratefully) in touch with you.

Lace Making Companion - Survey

A few years ago Louise Woodward published The Lacemaker's Companion which was a pocket sized notebook with lace terms and instructions on the stitches used in Torchon lace. It proved popular and had three print runs. A fourth is now being considered, but perhaps it would be useful to have it available on a smartphone. To this end some MA students from the University of Kent are helping Louise with the website for the library and notemaking, and to assist them she has produced a short survey.

It would be incredibly helpful if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey. It is completely anonymous and the results will not be shared anywhere else.

Please click on the link below. Many thanks!

Cowper & Newton Museum - Lace Competition

The Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney, Buckinghamshire is running a lace competition. Olney is well known as a town that was at the heart of the Buckinghamshire lace trade from 17th to 20th century and for being the home of the hymn Amazing Grace.

In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the world famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, the museum wishes to  commission an original piece of lace based on this theme, through an online competition.  The winning entry will receive £500 and the piece of lace will become the sole property of the museum and go on permanent exhibition. 

For more details please visit the website:  https://cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk/amazing-lace-250-competition

Westhope Group Virtual Exhibition

The Westhope Group had been planning to mount a second showing of our 10th exhibition - Let the River Flow By - at Belsay Hall in summer 2020. Unfortunately Covid-19 put a stop to that. However, the Lace Museum, in Sunnyvale, California offered to stage a virtual exhibition for us and we are delighted with the result. You can find the exhibition at https://thelacemuseum.org/westhope-group-let-the-river-flow-by/  

There you will also find a link to the Westhope Group's website and their earlier exhibitions.

Our sincere thanks to all at The Lace Museum and in particular Laurie Sarver who has curated this exhibition.