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Why Be A Member And/Or Donate

The Lace Guild is open to anyone in the world with an interest in making, collecting or enjoying lace in any form.

New to Lacemaking?
  • We can help you with advice, support, inspiration and resources.

  • We can put you in touch with a UK teacher.

  • We have lists of UK local groups and their contacts.

  • Our quarterly magazine, Early Days In Lacemaking, is aimed at new lacemakers. It includes patterns with detailed instructions.

  • Our library has many how-to books available.

  • We often have second-hand equipment and books for sale, as well as our own bobbins and books.

Looking to Learn New Techniques?
  • We organise courses for lacemakers: Spring School, Summer School and the AGM Fringe. Members pay reduced fees for these and other Lace Guild events.

  • We hold regularly updated lists of UK tutors.

  • Our quarterly magazine, Lace, is full of information and news about the many types of lacemaking.

  • We offer Assessment Schemes for various kinds of lace, at varying levels of proficiency.

  • Our library has books and periodicals about all sorts of lace. We also sell how-to books, and pattern books.

  • Bursaries are sometimes available to cover costs of tuition and courses.

Researching Textiles?
  • Our museum has a large collection of lace and lace-related artefacts.

  • Appointments with the Curator can be arranged outside usual opening hours.

  • Our quarterly magazine, Lace, has many articles about the history of lace, and lace collections nationwide.

  • The library has many books which are hard to find elsewhere.

  • Researchers sometimes also qualify for one of our bursaries.

Help us to keep this great craft alive for future generations...

The Lace Guild is the only UK national organisation left dedicated solely to lace. Without it, lace would be incorporated into another craft guild, or its heritage and future would be lost entirely. Simply as a charitable endeavour, the Lace Guild is worth your support.

You can also support us by volunteering! We need people to run the Guild via the Board of Trustees (it's not a lifetime commitment). And we also need people to help in the museum and library, with demonstrating lace to the public, and to help with the upkeep of the premises.

We are dedicated to preserving the traditional lace techniques of the UK, to stop them from being forgotten. We also strive to develop traditions for the modern world in supporting new techniques for contemporary lace. The best of all these worlds can be seen in our Triennial Exhibition and competition.

Recently Become a Member?
Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer then it is possible for the Lace Guild to claim 25% of your subscription rate (or any additional donations you might make) from HMRC. This costs you nothing. All you need to do is download the document via the button below, fill it in, and send it back to us at The Hollies (post or email) - and we will do the rest!

This helps to provide the funding we need to keep the Guild going. Many thanks for your assistance!

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