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More Virtual Workshops - Posted July 17,  2020
Our virtual workshops have been an enormous success. We are pleased to present several more virtual workshops in parallel with the IOLI UnCon Convention the week of July 20: Turkish Needle Lace and Continuing Turkish Needle Lace, Modern Grounds, Beginning and Continuing Tatting. Also in August and September we will present Clones Lace: an Irish Crochet for beginners and a Clones Lace for "improvers" who have mastered the basic skills from the beginners workshop and wish to increase their repertoire. Please check out our Workshops web page for more info and links to Shopify to register and buy kits.


IOLI Convention goes online for 2020
- Posted June 6, 2020
The International Organization of Lace, Inc (IOLI) is creating the Unconventional Convention 2020 to replace its postponed in-personal convention. UnCon 2020 will be the week of July 20-24 at a computer near you! There will be events every day culminating in the Friday banquet. Visit their Welcome to the IOLI UnCon 2020 webpage for more details as they are available.


New Virtual Workshops Announced
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Posted June 16, 2020
We are pleased to announce two new online workshops.

Bobbin Lace Design (the Binche Algorithm) is a lecture and hands-on learning experience on interpreting irregular lace shapes without having to draw and follow a thread diagram. The instructor is Pierre Fouché.

We will also be offering Ipswich Bobbin Lace with instructor Karen Thompson and Irish Crochet - Motifs with Máire Treanor.

Please visit the Workshops page for more information.


We Are Not Silent -
Posted June 8, 2020
The Lace Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers from varied  backgrounds.  We all strive to adhere to the museum's core values of inclusivity, honesty, and integrity as we engage with all people interested in learning, making, preserving and exhibiting lace.


Opportunity for Irish Crochet Workshop with International Expert
- Posted May 13, 2020
We are pleased to be working with Máire Treanor to present new online workshops for Irish Crochet. Please share your interest and level (beginner, improver, advanced) by email to [email protected] or via Facebook message. This will help us structure the sessions appropriately.

Máire Treanor lives in Clones, Ireland and has been researching and designing Clones Irish Crochet Lace since the late 1980s. Her book ‘Clones Lace: the story and patterns of an Irish Crochet’ was first published in 2002, republished by Lacis in Berkeley, CA in 2010. She has been travelling to the States since 1999, and is a regular tutor with Lacis. She is part of a local group of volunteers who have been organizing the International Clones Lace Summer School since 1990. The 30th International Summer School is scheduled for June 2021, due to travel restrictions. Máire is also a regular contributor to Piecework magazine.


More Online Workshops Scheduled
- Posted May 4, 2020
Our first online workshop was a great success! We have now scheduled two more: Tatting and an additional session of Turkish Needle Lace (Igne Oya).

Please visit our Workshops page for more details and to register.



In-Person Workshops Change to Online
- Posted April 19, 2020
In person workshops in the spring and summer of 2020 have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled as soon as possible.

During this difficult period, we are fortunate that all workshop teachers for this period have agreed to online components.  The first up will be Turkish Needle Lace (Igne Oya). Please visit our Workshops page for more details.



Update on Covid-19 Response
- Posted April 19, 2020
The safety and health of our community, including our dedicated volunteers and loyal customers, is always important to us.  The museum is currently closed until at least May 3rd following Federal, State and County guidelines.  When it is appropriate, we will re-open part time in order to protect our most vulnerable volunteers and their families.  Until then, please take advantage of the resources on our Facebook page and this website. Here we have links to our online shop, our Amazon site, patterns you can use, and interesting lace info. We truly appreciate the lace making community and will strive to stay connected. We value your support and donations during this challenging time while we are closed.


Response to Covid-19 -
Posted March 12, 2020
The safety and health of our community, including our dedicated volunteers and loyal customers, is always important to us. We will be reviewing all events and assessing the Museum’s open hours as the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic evolves. Please note that we may need to adjust our operations and events based on future recommendations and/or volunteer availability.

Workshops Open for Registration
- Posted December 18, 2019
The Lace Museum is proud to present four exciting workshops during four weekends between January and May 2020: Throwing the Modern Bobbin, TesseLace, Adapting Tatting Patterns and Turkish Needle Lace. Please visit our Workshops page for details and registration.

Also, we are happy to partner with Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley, CA to promote their 4-day workshop in April for Clones Irish Crochet. Registration is live for this event! It’s the perfect gift for the lace maker in your life (which, of course, could also mean yourself)! In this captivating workshop series, skills will be developed in making the traditional motifs of small rose, large wild rose, shamrock, vine leaves and grapes, other motifs familiar in Irish Crochet which use the packing cord, as well as the unique Clones Knot filling stitch and edging. Details and registration information are in the pdf file linked here.



New Exhibit: Tea with the Duchess
- Posted December 9, 2019
When you visit The Lace Museum this winter, you'll step into an Edwardian drawing room where a certain English Duchess is hosting her holiday tea.  Our exhibit features elegant dresses (circa 1910), formal table settings, and an array of china and linens from our collection.

While you're here, please be sure to browse the museum's lace-covered ornaments and other treasures for sale in our gift shop.



Online Shop Launch
- Updated  October 12,  2019
The Lace Museum is excited to unveil our Online Shop. You will currently find the full range of our publications for sale. The books will engage lace makers with step by step instructions and inspiration for additional exploring.  We have books to appeal to the history buff as well. Our book “Ma’s” Laces  chronicles coping with the stresses of war through the design and creation of exquisite bobbin lace, incorporating politically subversive themes.

The Online Shop will complement the Gift Shop located at the museum. The Gift Shop has a wide variety of vintage lace, lace making supplies and gifts made of lace. In the coming months, we will expand our Online collection to include items for those who cannot come to the museum.

As always, the proceeds of the Online Shop will contribute to sustaining The Lace Museum and its mission.



Exhibit: Lace in the Machine Age
- Updated August 3, 2019
The Lace Museum is pleased to announce our new exhibit - LACE: in the machine age...
The exhibit will open July 30 and close November 23, 2019. Please visit us Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm to view this wonderful display of fine machine lace from the mid - 1800's forward. Discover how the industrial age transformed lace making!

The Textile Research Centre website has an informative article on the differences between machine-made lace and handmade lace: Lace Identification 7 Examples



Vintage Lace and Linen Sale
- Updated August 28, 2019
Members OnlyPre-Sale: Thurs., Sept. 26, 5:30-8:30 (become a Member)
Public Sale: Fri., Sept. 27, and Sat., Sept. 28, 9:30-4:30

The Lace Museum is pleased to announce the second 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 treasures at prices that you will only find at The Lace Museum

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 Workshops Available for Registration
- Updated July 31, 2019
The Lace Museum is pleased to announce that new workshops for the rest of 2019 and into 2020 are now open for registration: For the Love of Lace, Milanese at the Museum, Needle Lace for Beginners, Throwing the Modern Bobbin, TesseLace - bobbin lace, Adapting Tatting Patterns using Sonata, and Turkish Needle Lace (Igne Oya).

Please visit our Workshops page for details and information about registering and lodging.


Lace Demo at Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
- Posted July 6, 2019
Please join The Lace Museum at a demonstration of lace making at the Hiller Aviation Museum's Steampunk Extravaganza which celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Hermes Jr. Avitor Steam Airship.

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction/fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on the steam power of the 19th century. What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.

The event is July 13 from 6pm to 11pm at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. Details can be found at their website.


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.

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