February Meeting Recap

Last Thursday’s meeting was a lot of fun – a good turnout and lots of discussion. We missed our regular attendees Irene and Trudean and hope they’ll be back with us soon. We welcomed Pat, a new member, who is involved with Lenka and the annual “Lace Heart Art” competition.

We also welcomed back long-time member Ivan Sayers, who always shows up with some interesting show-and-tell. This time he brought something only the Victorians would ever have designed or made – a curtain from the late 1800s, a bold combination of heavy crochet in imitation of different patterns in Reticella lace, edged with a number of different accessories, from tassels to crocheted curlicues, and a background of matching knotted net, all in a deep golden brown.

We also received two books donated by Paula Shore: the Shire book “Pillow Lace and Bobbins”, and Pat Earnshaw’s book “Lace Machines and Machine Laces”, a very interesting new addition to our collection. We thought that in some future meetings we will spend some time studying a piece of lace for our own education; Ivan will provide the lace pieces for identification and discussion.

We thank the members who brought treats to go with our tea. Next month Ruth will be celebrating her birthday on our meeting day, and she will bring a cake, so no need to bring treats to the March meeting, which will be on March 28th. We hope you’ll be able to come!


Not Quite Late

Our next meeting is this Thursday, February 28th (yes, the day after tomorrow!), at our regular place and time.  Please feel free to bring a treat for our tea.

A couple of weeks ago some early Lace Club newsletters were scanned and sent to all of us – much to talk about there! Plus I think we have an archive of them in our storage room – I think a little rummaging will bring it to the surface. This month I’ll bring in the little Christmas Bell I made, from a pattern from the newsletter. If anyone else has old lace/patterns from earlier days, do bring them in. Our 2019 challenge is to make a piece from an old pattern.


January Meeting

Our first meeting of 2019 is next Thursday, January 24, at our regular meeting place, from 10 am to 1 pm. It would be lovely if you could bring a little treat for us to have with our tea.

We will have lots to talk about, with the IOLI conference registration starting February 15th, our new member challenge, and our other plans for 2019 to be discussed. Hope to see you there!

2nd Lace-Heart-Art Challenge!

A second Lace-Heart-Art challenge has been announced. This challenge is to experiment with colour and other details to express yourself while working the simple pricking provided. There are separate categories for wire and fibre lace, and a separate section for “Young Lacemakers” – ie, lacemakers under 30.

The pattern is simple, but the deadline is already approaching – Valentine’s Day, February 14th, is the date submissions must be received. These are electronic submissions – just take a good photo of your finished piece and send it in to the organizer. You may send in one submission in each category, so print out that pattern and start having fun!


Merry Christmas!

Wishing all members of the Vancouver Lace Club a very Merry Christmas! Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on January 24th.

We have been challenged to make an old pattern during 2019. We are counting as ‘old’ any pattern from the last century, so there are  plenty of patterns in our own Club library. There are all of our older library books plus of course the back issues of the Canadian Lacemaker Gazette and other magazines. If I remember correctly, one of my own first patterns was taken from the Vancouver Lace Club’s newsletter. I’ll bring the piece in January for Show ‘n Tell.

The 2019 Getaway!

Next year’s Getaway will be hosted by the Denman & District Lace Club, and held in Courtenay (Comox) on Vancouver Island. Many of you will remember the Getaway in Courtenay a couple of years ago – please note the venue has changed to a larger location in a beautiful setting.

This will be a special Getaway, as it is the Denman & District Lace Club’s 100th Anniversary! They have provided us with the Getaway information (including registration information) which I have put on a separate page in this website. You can get to the Getaway information by clicking on “2019 Getaway” in the menu bar above this message, or you can click on the link under “Events in 2019” on the right-hand side of this page.

Hope to see you there!

Christmas Lunch!

Our annual Christmas lunch at the White Spot is coming up this Thursday, December 6th. The White Spot is inside the Royal Centre Mall, but also has street frontage on 6th Avenue near 6th Street. From our regular meeting-place at the Church, you would go 2 blocks up (to 6th Avenue), turn right, go another 2 blocks, and you will see the White Spot on the other side of the street. (map)

We will gather outside the restaurant’s entrance (inside the Mall) at 11:15. The White Spot’s lunch menu is here.