Fenland Lacemakers and members of the Monday class have been doing quite a bit of lace during lockdown. Getting ahead (for once!) for Christmas is a recurring theme, and this shows the lovely festive pieces Jenny has made.
Well, we actually managed to hold a meeting with several of our members – on Zoom! Although it was a shorter session than usual, and we didn’t make any lace, it was good to catch up after the last few months.
Bobbin lace making is one of the many crafts that has kept people occupied during lockdown. Most lacemakers, having learnt the basic stitches, are able to follow the technical drawing for a pattern and have a stash of threads. The one thing they might not have is a new pricking to follow.
Xandra Baillieu, a teacher at the KantCentrum in Bruges, realised this and set up a Virtual Lace Group ‘ A P-lace Together’ accessed through Facebook. On 3 April 2020 she published a pricking and Technical drawing for a piece of Torchon lace. The word spread and the group now has over 2000 members worldwide. Each Wednesday a new pattern designed by one of the KantCentrum teachers or students is published, totalling 14 patterns to date, and members are encouraged to post pictures of their interpretations of the designs.
While social distancing guidelines are still in place it is not possible for us to meet on 4 June at Hemingford Grey Reading Room. As restrictions are lifted we will reassess the situation and will keep you informed by messages on this page.Take good care of yourselves, keep up the lace making – or whichever craft you are finding helps you through these difficult times.
Our monthly meetings are on hold at the moment, as are the Monday morning classes. More news in due course.
A message from our chairperson, Kath:-
In view of the escalating Coronavirus situation and the government guidelines on meetings and social distancing I think it is best if we do not meet on Thursday 2nd April.
This would have been a working evening, and I’m sure that you are all able to get on with your lace in the comfort of your own home.
If you need any help do get in touch by email or phone. I’m sure that pictures and diagrams can probably sort out most queries.
A very interesting talk on threads by Barbara Brooks, contributed to another enjoyable Fenland Lace Day. The display was on the theme 2020 Vision.
See more images of the event.
For our meeting in March, bring a piece of lace or a lace related item to show to the group. It might be a piece you’ve made, bought, or been given which has a story attached to its origin.
Thursday 5 March at 7.30 pm
See the list of traders signed up for our Lace Day 2020 to be held on 14 March.
See our new programme of events for 2020, and the traders who will be coming to Lace Day.