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)
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!
Here we are, well into July, and our summer weather has finally arrived!
We have two demonstrations planned this summer. The first is just a week away – July 15th at the Surrey Museum’s Fibre Arts and Crafts Festival. Do drop by – our demonstrators always love to have a bit of company.
Also, on August 20th, we will be demonstrating at London Family Farm for their Annual London Family Farm Day. Look for us on the verandah of this century-old home and museum, and give yourself plenty of time to go through the museum, see the heritage farm buildings and gardens, browse the gift shop, and have a nice cup of tea.
Normally during the summer months we have a few meetings outdoors – with the Surrey Museum demonstration coming on so soon, these still haven’t been decided. We will let you know when they are planned.
In 1982 the Vancouver Lace Club hosted the annual conference of the International Old Lacers, Inc., on the UBC campus. We still have some paper memorabilia from that Conference, and as it is becoming fragile with time, we decided these pieces should be made available to our members – and preserved – by scanning and uploading them to this website. We have therefore added a page – The 1982 Conference – under the History link (under “About Us”) on our home page.
We have uploaded scans of two 11″ x 17″ paper placemats that were used at the Banquet at that conference. These placemats provide a nostalgic look at our amateur pre-digital graphic arts capabilities (!) as well as business advertising from the time. Sadly, most of these businesses are long gone, but we are happy to have this remembrance of them.
You can see these scans on the 1982 conference page, or click here.
Just a quick note to say that our last official Lace Club meeting of the 2016-2017 year will take place this Thursday, June 22, at our regular location.
Continuing the tradition of the past few years, we will have a few outdoor meetings during the hot summer months. I can see everybody rolling their eyes – so far the weather hasn’t been warm, let alone hot, but they say it’s coming any day now. Honestly!
We will tell you of these outdoor meetings well ahead of time, with reminders closer to the day. Please do come to these meetings if you can – the more the merrier, and we hold them where we are sheltered from the sun (or rain, as the case may be).
Anyone who attended the Wednesday events of our recent Getaway will remember the wonderful show – “150 Years of Canadian Fashion” given by club member Ivan Sayers. This show will also be given, free of charge, from the east porch of the Roedde House Museum, on Canada Day, July 1, from 2-4 pm. Our Club members will remember demonstrating there last year. Admission to the museum itself is also free on Canada Day.
Details can be found on the Society for the Museum of Original Costume website, and in the Roedde House newsletter.
Spring is here at last – the trees on my street are leafing out and squirrels and songbirds are everywhere I look, especially when the sun peeks out of the rainclouds. Hard to believe, but it’s almost time for our May meeting – which will be next Thursday, May 25, at our regular time and place.