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: 32
Latest Activity: May 13

Beginners Class

If anyone is interested and lives in the south east I am booked in to run a 1 hour workshop for beginners to needlelace making a Dolphin. The workshop is one one of several as part of Stitchfest. An event organised by the South East Region of the Embroiderers' Guild at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, East Sussex RH16TL on Saturday 15th July 2017. Lots of traders including the Guild of Needle Laces, demonstrations, plenty of free parking and lots more. For more information,

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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, 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.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 23, 2015 at 4:37pm


Would you please add the information about this booklet, with the stitch list, to our group NEEDLE LACE STITCHES. Presumably that is where people will look to find out about books of stitches. Author, title, publication date, publisher and your stitch list.


Comment by Teri Dow on March 23, 2015 at 5:50am
It is an ideal size of A5, not hard cover, a well illustrated pamphlet, total of four A4 pages folded so postage is probably not too horrendous.

Have you had a play with the Greco Redin pattern yet? Christiane and I are eagerly awaiting the publication of Ombretta's second book which should be available shortly. It will feature the fabulous "Gruppetti" stitch which regularly features in her stunning work.x
Comment by Teri Dow on March 23, 2015 at 5:32am
Charlotte stitch
Corded double Brussels
Corded double point de Venise and corded single Brussels
Corded double & treble Brussels
Crossbar stitch
Holey stitch
Jessie stitch
Kay stitch
Net and bar
New Eliza
Pea stitch
Raised point de angle Terre
Scallop stitch
Up and down stitch (Ardenza stitch)
Williamson stitch
Comment by Teri Dow on March 23, 2015 at 5:26am
Hi Liz a friend bought me this for Xmas so will list contents in next comment box.

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