Meeting Tomorrow

Just a quick note to remind everyone that we are resuming our Club meetings at our regular location! Our first Fall meeting will be tomorrow, October 22nd, at 10 a.m. (Details)

We will be able to boil water, but we’re asking people to bring their own mugs as we will not be able to use the ones out of the kitchen.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Local News – Speakeasy Style

Longtime club member Ivan Sayers will display 1920s-era clothing at the Roedde House Museum, on 4 days in October. This is the Victorian house in the West End of Vancouver where many members demonstrated lacemaking on International Lace Day a few years ago. The Museum advertises:

An expansive exhibit of 1920’s fashions from local fashion historian and curator Ivan Sayers; safely distributed speakeasy-themed alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with information about Vancouver during the Prohibition Era; a unique photo booth for guests to strike a historical pose in an authentic Victorian house (photos will be a giveaway); 1920’s-inspired hand-crafted masks available for purchase and great door prizes!

The event is being safely run (only 10 attendees at a time, and a 90-minute maximum stay) on only 4 days (Oct 2, 3, 16 and 17). A description of the event, map, and ticket sales are here.

Summer Update and Fall News!

Well, hello everybody; it’s been a while. Hope you’re doing well. During the summer we met several times at Queen’s Park in New Westminster – though not as often as we’d have liked. Somehow, if it rains only one day in the week, it’s on a Thursday! Plus the past two weeks we’ve had to cancel due to the amount of smoke in the air. Never mind, we have big news:

Our regular meeting place is opening up again! The church will start services on Thanksgiving (October 12th) and we’re reverting to our normal Fall schedule, meeting the fourth Thursday of the month, which will be October 22nd. (Details) We have a large meeting room, and we will be spreading ourselves out, and using appropriate equipment such as masks and plenty of sanitizer. We’re also asking people to bring their own snacks/meals. We’ll still be able to boil water, and will have cups available, but please bring your own supplies (tea, coffee, etc).

We are so glad to be able to meet again in a warm, dry place!

More News – six of us took pictures of ourselves on International Lace Day, which was way back in … well, a couple of months ago anyway. I have finally put them all up in our photo gallery! So please take a look (the link is on the horizontal menu bar at the top of this page) and see what we were all doing on that day.


International Lace Day

Just a reminder that today is International Lace Day!

I see several of our members have registered with the Facebook page, and of course they’d love it if you would post a picture of yourself making lace on that page sometime before 2:30 pm today.

Some of us either haven’t registered or don’t care to post on Facebook, but the Vancouver Lace Club would love to celebrate with photos of its members. Just take a photo of yourself making lace, and e-mail it to me (Adele) privately over the next few days or so. I’ll put the photos up on the Gallery page on this website.

Our next meeting is in Queen’s Park is this Thursday, July 9th. Please come if you can, we’d love to see you.

Happy Canada Day! (and tomorrow’s meeting cancelled)

Happy Canada Day! Like everything else that is happening in 2020, this Canada Day is unique. They cancelled the fireworks quite a while back – no giving anybody a reason to join a crowd! No parades, of course – but they have thought up some clever stuff:

I got a letter from the City (West Vancouver) just the other day – the plan is for stealth events. Live musicians, hidden here and there, including in my neighbourhood, who will be completely hidden from view (on rooftops, or inside buildings with open windows) so nobody will converge to see them, playing music this evening. I really love how cleverly it has all been worked out.

Now, to see whether Stealth Canada Day works, given the cool, rainy weather we’re having! The same weather is forecast for the next two days, so after some consultation via e-mail this morning, we’ve decided to cancel tomorrow’s informal meeting in Queen’s Park. At least 4 of us have said we’re not going; I have to assume the others feel pretty much the same.

Let’s try for next week! The date of our next meeting at Queen’s Park will be July 9th. (details)

Let’s Meet More Often!

We had a lovely meeting today, had lots of interest from passers-by and even welcomed a new member! With all this encouragement, we decided to meet every week for the rest of the summer.

We aren’t meeting in the Gazebo at the Rose Garden at this time, because with proper physical distancing we can only have 3 people in the Gazebo, and then the rest would have to find spots outside, which would break up our group. Instead, we’re sitting in the shade of the trees just outside the Rose Garden, to the right of it as you stand in the parking lot. This location has a good-sized grassy area where we can set up our chairs and tables. Today we had five attendees, and there was room for a few more. There is one bench but it is best that if you come, you bring your own chair and a table if you need one.

Our next meeting will be on June 25th; we would love to see you there!

Try, Try Again

This cool, rainy weather just isn’t up to our standards, so we’ve decided to postpone tomorrow’s Rose Garden meeting until next Thursday, June 18th. Fingers crossed for good weather next week!

While we’re waiting, let me show you a picture. I have been plodding away at the linen scarf I showed you in the March 27th post

Due to the size and weight of the project, and its propensity to roll forward and dump itself on the floor, I won’t be bringing it to meetings, so I thought I’d give everybody a peek at it today:

The only other lace news I have is that the Kantcentrum is 50 years old today! You can read about their history, here.

Looking forward to seeing everybody next week!



Socially Responsible Meeting!


Our Meeting, May 28, 2020

After missing the past two months due to provincial health regulations, yesterday six of us attended a lovely outdoor meeting. We intended to meet in our usual spot at the Gazebo in the Rose Garden in Queen’s Park, except the landscapers got there before us and were hard at work with mowers and sprayers, so we set up in the parking lot. After a couple of hours the landscapers left (one of them took this picture) but we were having such a good time and were so comfortable we decided not to move.

Such a great conversation after two months without meeting! We stayed until after 2, when we lost our shade. Next time we’ll either be in the Rose Garden (directly behind the trees in the background) or up on the grass just behind us to the right.

Next meeting in two weeks, on June 11th.

Rose Garden Meeting

We’re going to try a meeting!

Tomorrow, Thursday May 28th, we will meet at Queen’s Park in New Westminster, in the same place where we usually meet in the summer months. However, with physical distancing, there will only be a couple of spots inside the Gazebo, so those of us who can, are bringing chairs and lace tables. As usual, if there is any problem with accessing the Rose Garden, we will head over to the Picnic areas (map).

Somebody Finished Something!

We pursue a craft that takes so long, we get used to leaving half-finished pieces behind us and going on to something else. So today I would like to celebrate Irene’s completed tatting! It is 14 inches (36 cm) across, which means the final row alone was 44 inches! (112 cm)! long!

Congratulations, Irene on finishing this piece. It is a beautiful design that was part of a 14-day challenge on the Facebook page “Tat-a-Renda”.

Irene’s Tatted Doily