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!

Summer Fun

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.

Nostalgia! The 1982 Conference

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.

I’d Like To See That Again, Please

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.

Done and Dusted

What a lot of fun we had at the Getaway, earlier this week! Just under 40 attendees were treated to conversation, a contest, many raffle prizes and presents, a free workshop with Lenka Suchanek, and a wonderful pre-lunch talk from renowned clothing historian Ivan Sayers, whose program was about women’s clothing in Canada from 1867 – 2017. We finished off with our traditional lunch, and spent the final afternoon in lacemaking and more conversation.

We had 8 entries into the “Canada – 150 Years” exhibition, and the “People’s Choice” prizewinner was our own Donna Leong, with her beaver & branch and maple leaf, all done in wire lace. Photos will be up on our website later this week.

I think we are all looking forward to next year’s Getaway, which will be in Victoria, BC.