Guild of Needle Laces


Guild of Needle Laces

The Guild of Needle Laces is a non profit making organisation, set up in 1983 to promote the interest, skills, teaching, conservation, history and exhibition of all needlemade laces.  Go to their website for detailed information about their activities.   They are based in the UK, but have members abroad.   Michael Dennis, a Committee Member for that guild, will answer questions.  Anyone can join this group.  Membership in the Guild of Needle Laces is not required.

Members: 30
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2016

Discussion Forum

Guild of Needlelaces Lace Event and AGM 6 Replies

The Guild of Needlelaces is holding its Annual Lace Day and AGM on the 10th October 2015 10.a.m to 4.p.m. at Harvey Road School, Harvey Road, Croxley Green Hertfordshire WD3 3BN UK.   Admission is…Continue

Started by Maureen Bromley. Last reply by Teri Dow Apr 2, 2015.

Open Day and AGM 7 Replies

This event will be from 10.a.m. to 4.p.m.  The AGM will take place at 10.15.a.m.   The entrance fee is £4.00 for the day.    Three workshops will be offered at a cost of £10.00 which includes all the…Continue

Started by Maureen Bromley. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Oct 12, 2014.

Beginneres to Needlelace 2 Replies

Earlier this year I was talking to some needlelace beginners who described making needlelace as difficult, scary and a bit daunting.As Chairman of the Guild I decided I ought to work a piece of…Continue

Started by Michael Dennis. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Jun 24, 2013.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 19, 2016 at 8:39pm

I have just checked the Guild web site, and see the theme for next year's Challenge design is up there.   Hmmm!  I better put my thinking hat on, and get going on it!!

I really enjoy the idea of the Challenges, as there is no Judging of your work, but it is so interesting to see how others perceive the same pattern.  I love to see how others work the same design I have worked.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on April 27, 2016 at 9:17pm

Wow! What a great collection of leaves and flowers. I am so glad you got such a good response. Thank you to whoever assembled my 2 flowers. I sent them just as petals, along with the leaves, as posting 3D things is a bit difficult. I thought a flat bundle of "Textile motifs" would get through the post more easily in this day and age!!  I bet the wire edges looked a bit strange if the Postie X-rayed the flat cardboard envelope!!!!! :)

I look forward to seeing the final arrangement at the show.

Comment by Gail Connor on April 27, 2016 at 2:50am

The Guild of Needle Laces will have a stand at the Makit LQandN fair at Peterborough on 8th May, and we asked our members to make us some leaves and flowers to decorate the stand.

We had the most amazing response!! 42 members produced 139 leaves and 30 flowers. Fabulous!

If you'd like to see them just go to the Guild website ( and click on the banner with the Autumnal leaves. Or if you're going to the fair, come and see them in real life!!

If you're one of those wonderful people who made a leaf or a flower - thank you so much!  Go and look at a picture of your leaf/flower on the website. If you can make it to Peterborough do come and see your work in all its glory at the Guild of Needle Laces stand. You could time how long it takes you to spot yours!

Oh they are all so pretty!

Comment by Gail Connor on April 27, 2016 at 2:47am

The Guild of Needle Laces is holding its AGM on 8th October this year (2016) at Harvey Road School, Harvey Road, Croxley Green, Herts WD3 3BN. This year we are calling it "Needlelace for Everyone".

As well as the very short AGM we have a speaker, Fleur Oakes, who will be talking about "Stumpwork and Surgery".

The day starts at 10 am and finishes at 4 pm. Admission is £4, and ALL are welcome, whether or not you are a member of the Guild.  Workshops cost £6, including all materials.  There is free parking, facilities for disabled and refreshments are available (but not lunch, so bring your own if you intend to stay all day).

If you want to attend a workshop you have to book in advance, please. Contact our chairman on 

It's going to be a great day, so tell all your friends and put it into your diary!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 19, 2015 at 8:26pm

The challenge for next year is now 'out', and that owl will be quite a challenge, I think - certainly to get a speckled effect like some owls are!!!  What a good idea to show 2 versions, - one for the less experienced, and one for the Very enthusiastic!!! They are gorgeous owls, - who drew them up - was it you Michael?  I love them.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 20, 2015 at 10:33pm

At last I  have manged to get started on my Challenge piece.  The Australian Triennial Awards competition is on this year, so, of course, I had to do a piece for that. Now I have that completed, I have been able to start on this new piece!  I am much more relaxed with this challenge!!  However - it is a challenge - do I work it "like this" or "like that"?!!!  Hmmm!!!!!  :)  All good fun. I love this whole idea, and it is such fun, at the end, to see how others perceive the same design.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 25, 2015 at 3:47am

Thanks Michael,. I will get a copy when I renew my membership later on - add the money together so I pay in one hit. How much should I add for postage?

The other 2 little green books are Excellent, (I like the diagrams of the stitches - they are very clear.and I often refer to them) and I am sure this one will be just as useful.

Comment by Teri Dow on March 24, 2015 at 6:04am
Hi Michael, thanks for the information behind the new stitches, an interesting nugget!
Comment by Michael Dennis on March 24, 2015 at 1:59am

This booklet was written by Kay and myself for the 'Needlelace Experience' Day last October and was to be used in conjunction with a demonstration by Kay on learning a new stitch. Quite a few of the stitches are used in Branscombe lace and the Kay stitch is one that Kay has created. Hope this is helpful

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 23, 2015 at 8:01pm

Thanks Terri. there are stitches there that I have not heard of - Kay stitch, Charlotte Stitch, etc. I know Williamson stitch, - and often use it. It is a really good, useful stitch. Hmm!  I must get this booklet  later on, maybe , when I renew my membership, and add the extra money for it. Fees for currency exchange add to the cost, so one slightly larger go is better than 2 smaller ones!! I have not bought Ombretta's book  - yet -, and have not had a go at anything other than my competition piece at the moment! I dare not even Look at other patterns till I get this piece finished!!!!!  (and at the rate I am going , it will be a struggle to get it done by the deadline in July.


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