Victoria Lace Getaway 2018

The “Conferences” panel on the right-hand side of this page has been updated with a link to the Victoria Lace Club’s page about next year’s Lace Getaway, April 16 – 18, 2018. The theme for the lace exhibit is “Lace From the Ground Up”.

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Christmas, Coming Fast!

We had a great meeting last Thursday; we had a few new magazines and books to look at, plus lots of good conversation about our ongoing projects. Many of our members are working on Christmas lace exchanges, like the Canadian Lacemaker Gazette’s bangle exchange, or one of the online Christmas lace exchanges.

During the meeting we set the date for our traditional Christmas lunch: December 14th, 11 a.m. at the usual place, The White Spot in Royal City Centre, 610 – 6th Street, New Westminster. (map) We’d love to see you there! Do let us know if you’re planning to come.

Our next Club meeting is on November 23rd. Details of our regular meeting place and time are in the “About Us” section (tab is on the left, above).

 

 

October Meeting

It’s cool, it’s rainy, it’s time to make lace!

Our October meeting is this coming Thursday, October 26 – at our regular place and time. We’ll be making lace and talking about our next demonstration possibilities, about our Christmas lace projects, and setting the time and place for our traditional Christmas luncheon. Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

First Fall Meeting

I do love these bright, cooler days we’re having. The snap in the air, the bright sun, the comfortable nights. And even better, the resumption of our lace club meetings. This time next week we’ll be meeting in our regular place at the East Hastings Community Centre, in the boardroom, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Even if you’re just wondering what the club is all about, do drop in for a visit. There’s no charge for the first meeting you attend.

Regular club members, this is dues day – $20 will pay for all of the meetings in the coming year. Occasional members still just pay $3 per meeting.

Hope to see you there.

Ready For Another Year of Lacemaking!

Despite the great weather we’re having, we all know that September means winter is coming – and it’s time to think about another year of lacemaking! We have had a few successful summer meetings in the Rose Garden – and we may even schedule another one, since the weather is so good – but our formal club meetings are about to start for another year. Our first Fall meeting is on Thursday, September 28th.

We’re happy to see anybody who wants to drop in to our club meeting. You don’t have to join ($20/year or $3 per meeting) if you don’t want to, and the first drop-in is free. Just show up any time during the meeting hours! Meeting details are here.

Also, it’s time to start long-range planning if you want to attend a lace conference in 2018. I have updated the lace conference links on the right-hand side of this page, adding the World Lace Congress in Bruges, Belgium, and links to two pages, a facebook page and the official IOLI page, for the International Old Lacers, Inc. annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, in July.

Bruges (Brugge) is one of the great centres of lacemaking, so their congress is a wonderful opportunity to experience lace in its historic setting. IOLI’s San Antonio conference is taking place during San Antonio’s 300th-birthday celebrations, and the hotel is right in the heart of the cultural venues. Whether you go to one of these conferences or the other or both, you should have a great experience!

We’ll Meet Again – We Know Where, We Know When

Today we finally had our first summer meeting in the Rose Garden at Queen’s Park. Great fun, and the perfect day for it, with a light breeze and filtered sunlight. The roses are still in bloom, and they’ve added some living pictures to the garden. Very pretty.

We decided to do the same thing again next week, so – Thursday, August 17, from 10 – 1, we’ll meet again in the gazebo. (map)

 

Summer Lacemaking Project

Here in southwestern B.C. we are in the doldums of a smoke-filled summer. So today I thought I’d find something fun!

You may already know about this, but Lenka’s Way of Lace is planning an online exhibition – “Lace Heart Art” in 2018. Lenka has provided a complete pattern and drawings for a simple but colourful and imaginative heart. Most lacemakers will find the pattern fairly easy to make, which allows them to have fun playing with colour and fibre. Why not take a look at the Challenge page on her website and think about how you’d like to make it!