The Guild today
The Guild is run by a committee of dedicated people who give up their time on a voluntary basis.
Funding is by subscription which enables us to produce 3 magazines a year.
A lace day is organised each year, generally in October, which incorporates the Annual General Meeting.
The Guild also holds two competitions each year and two competitons every other year. For more information click the competitions tab above.
About the Guild
Needle lace is one of the earliest forms of lace - earlier even than bobbin lace. It developed from the angular cut and drawn thread work as seen on noblemen and woman's garments in the 16th Century into the beautiful free flowing designs we know today.
This ancient craft having practically died out is today enjoying a fresh revival. Stumpwork, 3 dimensional pieces/ collage style with a painted background, embroidery techniques, braids and tassels are all working methods in progress today.
The Guild of Needle Laces was founded in 1983 by a group of the late Nenia Lovesey's students, Nenia, who came from a family of lace makers, was one of the few people responsible for the resurgence in various needle laces throughout the world.
We aim to promote the craft of needlelace by: -
• teaching the traditional skills and fostering the growth and development of this craft for the 21st Century.
• encouraging people in their pursuit of excellence.
• creating a friendly atmosphere in which people may learn and enjoy this ancient craft.
• generating enthusiasm,and encouraging people to unleash their creativity.
The work of the Guild includes:
• providing information, patterns etc. for members
• holding or taking part in exhibitions in order to promote the craft of needlelace.
• liaising with members of other countries in order to study their techniques so that the skills from all methods may be used to further these crafts.
• developing and maintaining a library (both books and slides).
• encouraging skilled members to organise workshops and demonstrations to provide interest and education for others.
Who can join?
Anybody with an interest in needlecraft.
What experience do I need?
No experience is required, in fact you do not even have to know how to stitch.
What activities are there?
The Guild attends a number of shows throughout the year and holds its own annual lace day. The Guild is currently collating information about local lace groups who make needlelace.