The Lace Guild

Lace Gallery

Bristol Lacemakers

Bristol Lacemakers celebrated their 35th anniversary in 2016.

Bristol Lacemakers was founded in response to the wishes of large numbers of lacemakers in Bristol, many of whom were in Adult Education classes taught by Evelyn Smith who had recently moved from London. Bristol Lacemakers formerly met on the second Monday in the month and would alternate with a speaker one month and a working evening the other. Sadly, with a falling membership we now meet on the second Tuesday of the month and because of a lack of lace related speakers we now only have occasional speakers.

This exhibition, we hope, reflects the diversity and talents of the club members.

The quilt was made in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2012, by a group of Bristol Lacemakers who are both Lacemakers and Quilters. The quilt is a signature for Bristol Lacemakers and demonstrates the diversity of lace styles made by the members.

The balloons were made when the Lace Guild met in Bristol and asked local groups to provide a display which was representative of Bristol. Bristol is the home of Cameron Balloons founded by Don Cameron in the seventies and he started the Bristol International Balloon Festival. This is held in August every year when up to 100 balloons can be seen flying over the city and the Clifton suspension bridge. There are a number of companies who offer balloon flights the rest of the year.

So the members of Bristol Lacemakers were asked to contribute a balloon made in lace to be mounted together to represent Bristol.

The rest of the display follows the theme of celebrations and nature and showcases further examples of the members work.