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.

Lace Getaway Update

We have updated the information on the Lace Getaway page.

Wednesday’s program – a display and talk by costume expert Ivan Sayers – will take place before the lace luncheon, not afterwards as we have had it in the past.

Regarding the lace display, we want to clarify – we would like attendees to feel free to bring any of their lace for the general display. We do love to see what everybody else has made! However only the items falling into the “Canada – 150 Years” theme will be eligible for the “People’s Choice” award.

Hope to see you at the Getaway!

Volunteer Extraordinaire!



Nobody was surprised to see longtime club member Trudean at our January meeting. She almost always comes, and has for a long time. Trudean was at the very first club meeting I attended, way back in the late 1980s, and by that time she had been a member for almost 10 years! In fact, 2017 will be Trudean’s 40th year as a member of the Vancouver Lace Club. During that time she has helped us out a lot, especially with our bookkeeping – she’s our long-time treasurer, pays the rent, and wrangles the bank account.

We all know, though, that we’re not the only place where Trudean helps out. She’s a long-time volunteer at the Kennedy Seniors Centre, and is there almost every day, plus she volunteers here, there, and … well, not everywhere, but certainly in a lot of places. So when, at the last meeting, Trudean mentioned that on January 6th she traveled to Victoria to receive a medal for her volunteerism, most of us weren’t surprised. Of course she deserves a medal, for all that she’s done!

Like most of us, I had not heard of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers; until this year it had a different name: the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. This national recognition of Trudean’s services is a great honour. We are all so happy and excited for her, and filled with admiration for her service. Congratulations, Trudean!