Links to Other Guilds and Groups
The Australian Lace Guild was formed in N.S.W in 1979 to meet the needs of all those interested in lace. The Guild was incorporated in Victoria on the 14th Aug 1985.
The aims and objectives of the organisation are to: promote lacemaking as a craft throughout Australia and to unite people interested in all forms of lace and lace making.
Members include toolmakers, collectors, and historians as well as those actively engaging in making lace. The annual membership subscription entitles members to four issues of the quarterly Guild Journal Australian Lace.
The New Zealand Lace Society was founded in 1982 and aims to promote the craft of lacemaking, encourage and promote good craftsmanship and design in lacemaking, and establish sources of material, equipment, and publications used in lacemaking.
The society publishes The New Zealand Lacemaker magazine three time a year for members. The magazine is full of information on events, articles about lacemaking, patterns, reviews, suppliers and contacts for local groups and the national society.
The Westhope Group was founded in 1989 to bring together lacemakers wishing to take forward traditional lace skills into modern textile art.
Members come together once a year to share knowledge and expertise, obtain an objective assessment of their work and ideas and discuss matters relating to general and specific lacemaking problems. The Group’s name is taken from Westhope College in Shropshire (UK), where the meetings are held.
Over the years the annual meeting has provided a considerable stimulus to group members, who share a fascination with the diversity of lace and related textiles and are keen to preserve traditional techniques, while developing lace as a recognised contemporary art form in the 21st Century.