Home of both Traditional Craft and Textile Innovation
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.
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.
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.
Our Museum and Library
Current Exhibition at The Hollies
18 January - 14 April 2023 “Can you tell the difference?”
Ever since the earliest days of lacemaking, Bobbin and Needle Laces copied one another’s styles. Add into the mix the opportunity to produce a cheaper version by the addition of Tapes or duplication through mimicry using techniques such as Crochet, let alone mixing techniques together and "things are not what they seem to be". Machine made nets were produced to replace the highly expensive bobbin made nets and later on imitations of handmade laces. Some mimics can be easily spotted whilst others need a magnifying glass to catch out. Come and do a bit of sleuthing!
Images from the 2022 Triennial Commonwealth