Competition 2019

Topic for 2019 - to be displayed at AGM in May - Inspired by the initials N C L G


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Non-NCLG courses

Ruskin Lace with Elizabeth Edmondson
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Lace Fairs and Lace days etc

The Haydock (not just) Lace Fair
Sunday 14th April
Centenary Stand, Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 0HQ
Tickets £4.00 on the door

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Centenary commemoration of 1918 armistice

At our Lace Day on Saturday 10th November this year as we commemorated the centenary of the ending of WW1 I took along my mini exhibition about War Lace, first put together following my Lace Pilgrimage in 2014. Here is the piece I wrote in August 2014:

When I was in Bruges
I saw a lace shop window display about ‘World War One Lace’! Not understanding the explanatory board about it (it was in Flemish!), I returned to the shop during opening hours and was given this explanation by the Owner:

Bruges shop display copy

During the War the Belgian lace makers were able to continue making a living from their craft, and indeed more lace makers were added to their number, with the help of Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and Mrs Charlotte Kellogg in the USA! By their patronage trade links were established and nurtured enabling supplies to be brought in and the lace to be exported to the USA and the UK. The Americans came into the war towards the end and when they returned home at the end of hostilities many of the soldiers from USA and some from the UK wanted souvenirs to take home with them and so suitable panels were produced, now known as war lace. Since most of these left Belgium there was just one on show in the lace shop in Bruges. (A little detail that will interest lace makers is that the lace made was often Rosaline lace as this needed few bobbins!).

While in Devon I visited Honiton
Lace Museum and to my amazement I saw there a display of War Lace produced in Belgium and France. I felt that I was seeing the other half of the story I first heard in Bruges!

Honiton display copy

Since writing this article Pat Perryman of the Honiton Museum has kindly provided me with excellent photos to supplement the ones I took at the time of my pilgrimage; these were shown once again on Saturday. To find out more go to a chapter on lace towards the end of this book:
chapter xviii, page 158. Download the pdf of the book from the rt hand box on the page - 'download options'.

From Revd Jayne Shepherd