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Welcome to Simply Blue, a celebration of 45 years of The Lace Guild. It’s wonderful that we have reached this milestone. Inside you will find a mixture of short articles to bring you up to date with us, as well as selection of patterns for lace of all kinds. Some are reworked versions of designs that first appeared in our quarterly magazine Lace , others are new patterns generously donated by our members, inspired by the title Simply Blue. Enjoy your lacemaking!
Rosemary Green

Simply Blue is a celebration of the Sapphire Anniversary of The Lace Guild. This publication contains articles on the history and activities of the Guild, patterns contributed by members and a gallery of work/lace.
Deb Robinson

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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!

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  

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.

Gil Dye's A History of Lace in 100 Objects is now available as an A5 book - full colour with one object per page. Books cost £10 + £1.50 postage, with all proceeds going to WIEGO, an international organisation that supports workers (mainly women) in the informal economy (ie workers, who like 19th century lacemakers, have no regular salary and are only paid a pittance for the work they do). Please contact Gil at the email address below if you would like a copy (or copies) of the book and she will send details for payment by cheque or bank transfer.

Poole Lace Day 2022

Poole Lace Day takes place on 18th June 2022, at St George's Church Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale, Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU, 10.30am to 4pm. Speaker: Sandi Woods on Utter Madness in Milanese and Silk.

Competition: 'Ruby'.

Bring a packed lunch.

Tickets: Adult £6.00 in advance or £7.00 on the day, Junior £1.00.

Course in Milanese Lace 19th June 2022

Poole lacemakers are hosting a Milanese Lace Workshop tutored by Sandi Woods.

For details see

or contact as above.