News Archive

Join Us at the Maker Faire - Posted April 29, 2019
San Mateo County Event Center

The Lace Museum will have a booth demonstrating lace making, lucet and Kumihimo at this fun event.

Details about the event (location, times, tickets, etc.) are at the Maker Faire website.

The Lace Museum is Having a Bridal Fair
- Posted March 13, 2019
Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Have you dreamt of being a genuine “Vintage Bride”, Shabby Chic, Boho, Steampunk or simply creating the gown of your dreams? Wearing a vintage tiara, or headpiece of roses, rhinestones and pearls, or beads and vintage laces, but were either too expensive to imagine or even available to be yours? The Lace Museum is offering gorgeous vintage gowns in an array of sizes, and over a hundred headpieces and veils for either up-cycling to create the gown of your dreams, altering to fit, or wear as is! YOU PAY ONLY WHAT IS WITHIN YOUR BUDGET!  RSVP by calling 408 730-4695 in advance would be helpful, but is not required.

Also, cake table linens, hankies, lingerie and other vintage bridal accessories are available to enhance your day. We're asking for only small percentages of their vintage values.

The Museum’s goals are to raise funds to support the current museum and bring us closer to our wish for a new home for the museum!

Vintage Lace & Linen Sale
- Posted February 2, 2019
Members Only Pre-Sale: Thurs., March 21, 5:30-8:30
Public Sale: Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 9:30-4:30

The Lace Museum is pleased to announce the first Vintage Lace & Linen Sale of 2019.  Sheer bliss to collectors, sewers or crafters, and dealers, the sale is also an opportunity to see and touch pieces of lace only on those three days that you would otherwise likely never experience, and even take home at prices that you will only find at The Lace Museum Sale! Available items include:

-Lace for costumers, collectors, crafting, & art projects: accessories, clothing parts, aprons, adult and baby clothes, fine lace edgings and insertions, collars, purses, and hankies

- Items for your home: tablecloths, placemats, napkins, linen towels, pillowcases, and bedspreads

- Craft tools and supplies!

Don't miss our Bargain Box and Special 50% Off Sale of Drawn Thread Linens

This semi-annual sale is a critical source of income to keep the museum doors open and to help continue our mission of preservation and education.

New Exhibit Open - A Garden Party
- Posted January 30, 2019

Celebrating the glamorous world of the Roaring 20s! This exhibit is open until June 1st. Please plan a visit to enjoy fringed shawls, velvet and beaded dresses, other fabulous fashion and elegant accessories.

New Way to Help - Join Friends of The Lace Museum - - Posted January 27, 2019

The Lace Museum and Guild, Inc. separated into two entities in 2018. The Lace Museum is now assisted by a new group called Friends of The Lace Museum whose mission is to support the museum in all of its endeavors. To join the Friends of the Lace Museum, please visit our membership page.

The Silicon Valley Lace Makers is a guild of the International Organization of Lace (I.O.L.I.) and brings together local lace makers of all types, and those wishing to learn, for monthly meetings and events. To learn about the organization, please visit their Meetup page.

Teneriffe Lace - A Class for Beginners
- Posted January 27, 2019

The Lace Museum is offering this rare opportunity to learn the art of Teneriffe lace making April 27-28. Teneriffe lace is basically weaving on a circular loom. If the workshop you will learn the basic steps: create the loom, warp the loom, weave portions and do any other decorative stitching, and finally secure the outer edge with a row of coral knots.  Please see the details and registration process on our workshops webpage.

Annual Ornament Sale
- Posted November 18, 2018

The Lace Museum Makers present the annual ornament sale November 9- January 19.

o Large and small ornaments
o Full-size tree or ornaments to choose from
o Decorated mini trees

Don't miss this opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind, handmade items. Open during our regular hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-4pm; Third Friday of the month, 7-9pm

Flash Trunk Sale: November 16-17
- Posted November 12, 2018

Our special holiday trunk sale will include our popular gift shop red-dot-green-dot sale as well as lace overages, tablecloths, drawn work and much more.

Don’t miss this one time, holiday bargain shopping opportunity!

Friday, November 16th. 7pm to 9pm
Saturday, November 17th, 9am to 5pm
September Vintage Sale Success! - Posted November 3, 2018

Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who helped prepare and who attended the Museum’s September Vintage Sale! Much as the result of the dedication and hard work of our volunteers teamwork, 2018 proved to be the most successful of the years since I’ve been in charge of the sale. I am both proud and honored to have so many ladies on board this time to begin our early months of preparations, washing, ironing, tagging the many thousands of pieces, and staffing the sale. Thanks to our donors and the pride our volunteers take in caring for the lace and linens we sell, setting up and helping customers, the sale just seems to get better and better. An integral part of our annual budget, those who attend and support the sale are equally as important as those who prepare for it. Thank you to all the wonderful customers who we love to see come back each season and sharing your photos and stories. So many of you have become dear friends to us and to the museum!

Figural Lace: Lions and Tigers and Dragons, oh my!
- Updated July 11, 2018

Over the centuries, lace makers have found creative ways to represent human, animal and bird forms in their work. From simple macramé knotting to the most elaborate of needle and bobbin lace techniques, they have worked figures—all kinds of figures—into their lace.

This exhibit showcases the diversity of figural subject matter, the variety of lace styles used, and some of the medieval to modern stories told in lace. The pieces on display feature creatures both real and imaginary. Their inspiration was drawn from legends, historical events, nature, whimsy, and allegory.

The show includes pieces ranging from primitive animals worked in reticella, c1610, to an evocative bobbin lace scene worked during World War I. The careful observer will find that mermaids, lions, kings, queens, horses, eagles, unicorns, frogs, ducks, goats and dragons all came alive in the hands of the lace makers. The exhibit is open through October 27, 2018. Photos

New Workshops Announced
- Posted May 14, 2018

The Lace Museum is excited to announce the new workshops for 2018-2019. Please join us for
   •  Needlelace Flower: June 16, 2018
   •  Milanese at the Museum: October 6-8, 2018
   •  New Patterns in Chrysanthemum Bobbin Lace: January 19-20, 2019
   •  Ragtime - Upcycling Lace: March 16-17, 2019
   • Teneriffe Lace - A Class for Beginners: April 20-21, 2019

Visit our Workshops page for details and registration.
Gracie Larsen  - Posted April 22, 2018      
It is with much sadness that we pass on the news that The Lace Museum has lost our beloved co-founder, Gracie Larsen.

Please read about her extraordinary life on our Memorial Page and on the San Jose Mercury News website.
March 2018 Vintage Lace Sale Success!  - Posted April 7, 2018      
By Beth.Miller

We want to thank the Guild members and public that attended, for making the Springtime 4th weekend in March, 2018 Vintage Lace Sale a most exciting success!  With our ever changing new set-up, it seems every sale is bringing new and exciting surprises for all of us! The Thursday night pre-sale introduced us to some new members, talented, bright, stunning costume and clothing artists, doll makers, it brought back many ongoing members we were so happy to have return to replenish their stock and those who added to their collections! The sales have become like “old home week” reunions of old friends and friendly faces we love to see, hear stories and see photos of what has been happening since their last visit. Of course that extends into Friday and Saturday when the vintage sale team of volunteers gather again to offer their invaluable assistance which no thanks is ever enough for. Without them, their patience, legwork and attentiveness to meet and greet the customers, and keep all the lace in pristine order, the sale could never happen. The mood was high, and the customers and volunteers were once again in good spirits and humor!

The most exciting part of the weekend were the final hours of the sale when a group of young women began to trickle in, one at a time, one by one . . . leaving questioning looks on our faces. The most beautiful outfits, gorgeous faces in full make-up, as if we were being taken back in a time machine to the eras when our lace was made! Who ARE these women? Apparently a “Meet-up” had been planned by a type of “CosPlay” group who spend their weekends dressing up and attending events, “Meet-ups”, that have been advertised for their style of dress! Oh they were precious, adorable, talented, some having made their own costumes, all looking for lace and embellishments to add to the dresses they make and/or purchase, each with their own style, color and generation in mind. The playful ending was a smash!

Please note your calendars that unless something unforeseen comes up, future Vintage Lace Sales will be scheduled for the 4th Thursday members only presale, Friday/Saturday for the public of each March and September of the year.

Psssst: We are also considering a “Trunk Sale of SURPRISES”, unimaginable opportunity items and prices possibly this summer. More information to come later. Get on our mailing list by becoming a Guild member with your tax deductible membership to be sure to get more information as it becomes available.

Semi-Annual Vintage Lace Sale is March 22, 23 and 24
- Posted March 2, 2018
March 22: 5:30 - 8:00pm, Members Only pre-sale
March 23 & 24: 9:30am - 4:00pm, Open to the public

Once again, we will offer items from our Museum Collection!

Items include:  Vintage tablecloths - all sizes,
Placemats, napkins, linen towels, & hankies,
Lace for costumers, collectors, crafting, & art projects,
Accessories, clothing parts, aprons, adult & baby clothes,
Fine lace edgings & insertions, collars, purses
Pillowcases, bedspreads, dresser mats, doilies,
Craft, knitting, crochet tools & supplies!
Check out our BARGAIN BOX!

Cash, checks & charges accepted. All Sales Final

Museum Reopens
- Posted February 21, 2018
The Lace Museum has reopened after our renovation. Please stop by for a visit and a browse through our gift shop.

Scholarships Available for Lace Workshops in England
- February 21
TextileSupport will be giving two scholarships for students under the age of 25 currently enrolled in a tertiary Design, Art or Fashion programme to attend the workshops to be held at Walford Mill Crafts and the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, in September 2018, in conjunction with Jane Atkinson's exhibition *Ebb 'n' Flow*. The scholarships aim to assist students who would like to incorporate lace making techniques into their practice to learn and/or develop skills with two exceptional lace makers.

Each scholarship includes: •The workshop and materials fees • Two night’s accommodation • £300 to assist with travel costs

Interested students can complete the online form at Entries close on April 20.

The Lace Museum Gets a Facelift
- Posted February 8, 2018
A long-term goal for The Lace Museum is to raise enough funds to purchase a permanent home for our collection and activities. In the meantime, we have secured a new five year lease for our current location. Thanks to a generous donor we have fresh paint to enjoy during our stay. Please visit us after February 12th, when we re-open with a new exhibit and a new look.
Email Troubles - Posted January 26, 2018
It has come to our attention that some of those who have joined our guild or have signed up for our emails through mail chimp are not getting their notices because the notices are going directly to their spam folders.  Please put both and in your contacts list so you will not miss out on any information.