Saturday, December 30, 2023

Virtual Education thru The Lace Museum

WOW - have you seen all the lacemaking classes on-line?

Which includes a couple of FREE programs:

 Register for FREE session.
Register for Maggie Hensel-Brown’s Community Needle Lace Project

 Register for FREE session.

Register for Stitches to Stories: An Introduction to Reading Lace


Friday, December 1, 2023

Lace Bits: Advent Calendar


Jean Leader writes: Once again David and I have produced a Lace Advent Calendar which you can

For anyone not familiar with it, starting from December 1st there is a window
that can be opened with a new lace picture every day, patterns on two of the
days (they have different coloured numbers), and a competition that you can
complete when all of the days with clues have been revealed.
Spread the word and have fun

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Lace Bits .... St Catherine, patron saint of lacemakers, celebrates her Feast Day on November 25 -- Virtual Lace Education -- Bobbin Lace Patterns -- Needle Lace

Community lacemaking with Maggie Hensel Brown and an opportunity to celebrate St. Catherine's Day. 

Full details of Maggie's Community Lacemaking Project can be found here:

She needs hundreds (if not thousands) of needle lace leaves as per the description on her website to create a work of art to be exhibited in Sydney Australia in May. Leaves must be received by March. 

This effort is also being supported by the IOLI in the form of a challenge.

Perhaps your group would like to assemble and learn how to make the needle lace leaves via videos and written instructions on Maggie's website. Every contributor will be listed and acknowledged in an effort to recognize lacemakers who have so often been anonymous.

 Save the Date:  Lace Lecture

 St Catherine's Day - Nov 25th.   
St. Catherine, Patron Saint of Lacemakers.

Don't miss the Intermediate Tatting Class sessions via The Lace Museum Virtual Education.   
Join via zoom in the comfort of your own home!!!   Taught by Kelli Slack.    There are some nice holiday sessions listed too -- check it out ; )

Monday, November 20, 2023

Season's Greetings:

We will be meeting in person as a group
next year 

   January 13,  2024.

We will gather at 9:00 a.m. to socialize and make lace.

Location:   The Arts Federation (TAF)
638 North St.
Lafayette, IN USA

We welcome guests!   
If you have met some of our members at one of our demonstrations, please feel free to join us.   Bring your latest project(s)!

Members:  please watch your email for additional details.


Tatted Spiral Ornament.
Exclusive pattern from Lafayette Lacemakers newsletter.
Design by Carolyn R.




Saturday, November 18, 2023

Lace Bits

The community lacemaking project will be a single, large piece of lace to be exhibited in Sydney in mid 2024. It will measure at least three square metres.


A tapestry of small needle lace motifs, designed and pieced together by Maggie Hensel-Brown, but made by hundreds of others.

Please visit their website to learn more & participate!!    


Friday, November 10, 2023

Our monthly meeting announcement:

Following a short business meeting,

Our program will be

Creating a Victorian Posy 
& Finishing Christmas Lace

November 11, 2023
9:00 a.m.

The Arts Federation (TAF)
Art Room
638 North St.
Lafayette, IN USA.

You are welcome to bring your
lace projects - or can complete a posy and
add lace (tatted, bobbin, etc) later.

We welcome guests!   If you have met some of our members at one of our demonstrations, please feel free to join us.   

Members:   Check your email for details.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Lace Bits ....

Have you seen the beautiful posts
with filling stitches? Check out Yvette Stanton's site:

Lace Exhibition by the Minnesota Lace Society

Textile Center Guild Wall Exhibit
3000 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414
November 1, 2023 through January 6, 2024

Open House
Textile Center Exhibits and Holiday Shop Opening
Open House Reception
November 1, 2023 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 


Monday, October 16, 2023

Lace Bits: Beginner bobbin lace, Lace Groups, lace videos, tatting patterns

Follow the link ABOVE for 
a bobbin lace fish pattern & instructions.
"beginners pattern suitable for everyone"

The Lace Museum

Additional Beginning Bobbin Lace Class!
We have just added another beginning bobbin lace class with Karen Thompson to our online class schedule. The practice session is Monday, October 30th and the class starts Monday, November 6th, so there is just enough time to register and receive your kit. Register with the link below, or at If you have any questions, please email
A 12-Hour Introduction to Bobbin Lace
Course Description: An introduction to bobbin lace basics from winding the bobbins and learning the basic movements to making 4 samples, each building on the skills already learned. Each session is preceded by a 45-60 minute practice session that covers 2-camera setup, kit contents and how to wind bobbins before class.
Level: Beginner
Registration Fee: $75�Kit: $75 All supplies are available in a kit OR you can use your own bobbin lace tools.
Workshop Dates: 4 Mondays – November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 2023�Workshop Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon PST�Practice for this session: Monday, October 30 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am PDT�
Register here

Head over to you tube and check out
Maimai Kaito's tatting videos ....

Lace Congress, activities, workshops, 3x/year magazine, lace museum & MORE
Link HERE for additional information

Follow the link.

Publication 4x/year, conference, workshops, activities, and MORE.

Lace in Flanders
Quarterly publication, and MORE.

Visit this site for techniques and patterns.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Lace Bits: New Knitter Mitts, find a lace chapter near you, virtual education, tatting videos for adding fiber, tatting patterns, shuttles

For those who visited our booth
at the 2023 Feast of the Hunters' Moon,
here are some of the links/information which were requested.

If there were any other questions, or comments, please don't hesitate to inquire!!

Fingerless BEGINNER knitting pattern:
New Knitter Mitts.
Pattern available from the 10,000 New Knitters promotion / Sponsored by Scacel.

The project kits are no longer available; however, the pattern is FREE.

How to knit the  mitts video

Finishing the mitts video

For the beginner patterns, they are on our blog.
(Scroll down until you see the one you are interested in.)
Direct link:

The Lace Museum
The sessions change frequently.
Keep an eye on the available classes.

There is also a LINK HERE,
for past classes.   If you had interest in taking
and of these - send them an email, or fill out a form from their site.

"Future Sessions: The Lace Museum keeps an interest list for all past workshops and classes, as well as taking suggestions for new offerings. 

Please fill out our  form here .                                    (link to their form - HERE.)   

Past Sessions: To view a gallery of images from our past workshops , please click here. "

International Organization of Lace.
To find a chapter near you:


Nice video for adding thread.

Magic Thread technique.

Suggested shuttles for beginning tatting:

Sew Mate Shuttles on the LEFT -- Clover Shuttles on the RIGHT

And Crochet Cotton, size 20 (two colors would be easier).

ideas for the lace samples.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Lace Bits .... Lace Sampler, Save the Dates, Lace Contest, The Bulletin, I.O.L.I., Lace Samples

Please donate your lace samples - The lace samples are
attached to our chapter business cards and distributed at public events.
Bring them to our meetings.

Lace Sampler
"Among the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust collection is an eclectic group of items the Webb family brought with them when they emigrated from England to Ormondville, Southern Hawke’s Bay, and of particular significance is a beautiful hand-made lace sampler."    Link Above to article.

Winter Lace Conference
Butterfly Lace Contest ... details in this link.

February 16-18, 2024
Winter Lace Conference (Link below).

"Tatting Corner Tat Days 2024 will be held from July 11 through 13, 2024.
The theme will be "Games Tatters Play".
Mark your calendars and join us!
Look for registration after the first of the year."

I.O.L.I. Members
The Fall Issue is available on the

Tatted Butterfly pattern c.2023 Kelli Slack.

Can be found: