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, 2019

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 March 22, 2015 at 9:22pm

I have just been browsing the Guild website - again!! - and see there is a book listed there. Learn a new stitch Booklet

Has anyone got this book, and can tell me what stitches are there - are they less used, more obscure stitches, - or just a re-run of the usual ones?  I am always looking for something a bit different, which will give my work a bit of a different look to it!!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on January 31, 2015 at 9:34pm

Ooh! I must look out for the magazine. I haven't received mine yet.

Thanks for the kind words.  I was giving a mini couronnes workshop here last year - just a 10-2pm one day affair, and worked the gum leaves just to show they were useful, and could be made into a picture, with a bit of fore-thought!  couronnes are SO useful - I use them a lot - usually the traced ones, and lay tacking threads in 5, 7 or 9 'rays', so I can get my embellishments more evenly spaced. they can be stab stitched anywhere - and can hide a multiple of sins, dirty spots, bad, messy joins, etc!!!!!!!   (back to "Cheat When Necessary!! ")

Comment by Teri Dow on January 30, 2015 at 7:11am
Just received latest magazine. Excellent photography and wonderful to see all the dragon entries close up again. Janet, loved your butterfly using thrums. Liz, thank you for making your contribution on couronnes available to the magazine too. The gum leaf spray is stunning.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 10, 2014 at 7:49pm

Dennis - I have also posted links to your website and your tutorial videos on facebook. You will get wider exposure.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 10, 2014 at 6:19pm

Well done Michael. I have had a brief look at your site - I am on holiday and the Internet link is So slow...,  but what I saw was Great.

I love your dragon - he is gorgeous, and so is your competition bird.

Nice to see the parrot finished - he is gorgeous.

I will have a good look at the site when I get home, and have a 'proper" computer and internet linkage.


Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 10, 2014 at 5:03pm

Dennis -- Thank you for the marvelous tutorial videos. I have posted links on our TUTORIALS page. 

Comment by Debbie griffiths on December 10, 2014 at 3:26pm
Thankyou so much Michael for the tutorials on your new website, these will be such a help for me, the pics are so clear and the explanations are excellent
Comment by Teri Dow on December 10, 2014 at 10:55am
Hi Michael, these videos are absolutely fantastic for those starting to learn Needlelace. The clarity is superb and they are so informative. They must have taken you ages to produce. Thank you for your generosity in sharing.
Comment by Michael Dennis on December 10, 2014 at 4:25am

In my efforts to raise the profile of needlelace and the Guild I have opened my own needlelace web site http// This site is devoted entirely to needlelace and has instructional articles and a series of videos aimed at the beginner. I assume that one can only add one video embedded code at a time so here is video No 1

Comment by Michael Dennis on October 18, 2014 at 1:30am

This booklet was a set of instructions to go with Kay's demonstration and was produced for use at the AGM. Because it has been so well received, the guild committee have agreed to add it to their sales list. The booklet will be available through the Guild's website from the beginning of November, priced £3.50. The booklet contains a stitch diagram, written instructions and an enlarged  photograph of the stitch used, in the shape of a leaf, for 15 different stitches. They may be ordered now for delivery as soon as more have been printed.


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