Carolyn Wetzel
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  • Williamsburg, MA
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Carolyn Wetzel replied to Christiane Machabée's discussion Fil de lin / linen thread
"Perhaps Bart and Francis in Belgium would be interested? They are located in Kortrijk, a historical Flanders linen production city. And they work on specialized thread production. Here is a link to some linen thread that they produce now, which I…"
Carolyn Wetzel replied to Lorelei Halley's discussion PagLaceOne-pt5 in the group Pag Needle Lace
"Thank you for doing that!"
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Aemilia Ars
"Rejoice English-speaking lovers of Aemilia Ars lace! The three Italian Basics books (Corso Base) were translated into English by Jeanine Robertson and are now available. It might take a few weeks for them to be available from your lace book supplier…"
May 29
Carolyn Wetzel posted an event

Frisado de Valladolid needle lace class at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center

May 16, 2019 at 5pm to May 19, 2019 at 2pm
Taught by Carolyn Wetzel. Frisado de Valladolid is a rich needle-made lace of colored silk stitched over real gold or silver passing thread. It was made in and around Valladolid (north of Madrid) starting from the 1500s, when Valladolid was the political and royal seat of power in Spain. It is characterized by loops of gold or silver thread that embellish the surface and edges of the lace. Motifs were elaborate floral and/or geometric styles.In this class beginning students will make a small…See More
Feb 9
Carolyn Wetzel left a comment for Lorelei Halley
"D. Paula Banerji, can you be more specific about what you mean by "last row" for Aemilia Ars lace? It will depend on the lace pattern, as to how it is made."
Feb 6
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Pag Needle Lace
"Linda - looking back at your comment from June 2018, have you tried a Honiton pillow for Pag lace? I've thought about it, but still have a piece of Honiton on it that I need to finish first!"
Feb 6
Carolyn Wetzel replied to Christiane Machabée's discussion Fil de lin / linen thread
"Our group has 29 fiber flax accessions from the USDA germplasm collection, which were originally from all over the world. We've been trying to grow them out to get enough seed to do some field trials (they only send about 200 seeds). It's…"
Feb 6
Carolyn Wetzel replied to Christiane Machabée's discussion Fil de lin / linen thread
"Veronica, There are a few theories about why linen thread is not as fine as it used to be. One is that the varieties of flax that made the best fibers were lost during World War 1. This is probably partly true, but I think the stronger theory is…"
Jan 27
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Oya-Bebilla-Turkish-Armenian-Mediterranean knotted needlelace
"I've had an inquiry about the history of Cypriot knotted lace in the UK. Does anyone have information about this? Was/is there Cypriots in the UK who made it? If so, let me know and I'll pass it along to the interested person, or put you…"
Aug 11, 2018
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Oya-Bebilla-Turkish-Armenian-Mediterranean knotted needlelace
"Congratulations on your book, Victoria!"
Aug 11, 2018
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Linda Dumas's photo

new design complete

"Wow! It's great!"
Aug 11, 2018
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's blog post Donations 2018
"Lorelei, Sorry I completely missed this! Should I still send money, or wait until next year? -Carolyn"
Aug 11, 2018
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Aemilia Ars
"Yes, feel free to use it! The pattern is from Punto en Aere."
Jun 19, 2018
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Aemilia Ars
"Lorelei, do you mean another example of how the outline thread is laid down in AA lace? Here is a photo of a small piece I'm doing, showing the tacking threads and the first part of the outlining. The outline and underlying support threads…"
Jun 18, 2018
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Aemilia Ars
"Lorelei, Grace's Lace website you shared has some excellent diagrams and interesting patterns. It is not specifically Aemilia Ars, though, because the picots are different, she does not use the knotted stitch (punto chiaro), and she outlines…"
Jun 18, 2018
Carolyn Wetzel updated an event

Frisado de Valladolid Needle Lace at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

June 2, 2018 to June 3, 2018
As part of the 30th Annual Lace Seminar held by the Heritage Village Lace Guild, Carolyn Wetzel will be giving a lecture and introductory course on a lesser-known type of Spanish needle lace called Frisado de Valladolid.Details are posted on the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village website "Events" page. There is a fee to attend classes; pre-registration is required by May 24th.See More
Apr 22, 2018

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What kind of needle lace do you make, and how long have you been making it?
generic 20 years, reticella intermediate, armenian novice, alencon novice
What kind or kinds of needle lace do you want to learn?
more alencon, point de gauze. Amelia Ars
Tell us about your other lace related interests.
I started tatting in elementary school and bobbin lace and needle lace in graduate school, "many" and 25 years ago, respectively. I teach all three (gratis) in local workshops. I am vice president of the New England Lace Group and a member of IOLI and the Finger Lakes Lace Guild.

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At 4:39pm on January 28, 2018, Lorelei Halley said…


Thanks for posting all those events.

At 1:36pm on December 16, 2012, Mandy Currie said…

Hello Carolyn, I was thrilled to find your step-by-step photos of laying the grid for pag lace. I am a complete beginner to lace making and had no idea of where to start, this has been very helpful. Your work is stunning, just had a quick peak at your photos, you've certainly done a lot. I will continue to follow the group, I intend to start my sample of pag lace in the new year when I've completed all my Christmas projects. Thank you again for your help.

At 12:33am on June 8, 2011, Elizabeth Ligeti. said…

If there is something specific I can help with - just email me.

I am not sure qwhich or the 2 classes you might have joined if you could have come to IOLI, - but don't hesitate to sing out if there is something you are not sure of.

Your work lookslike you are as far as advanced as I am so I am not sure what I could teach you. It might be more the other way around, and you teaching me!

At 7:57pm on June 7, 2011, Elizabeth Ligeti. said…

Sorry, but I am in USA for a month only - 2 day workshop in Denver, then on to Washington/Bethesda for the IOLI convention, and then across to Seattle to visit the family, and give a 2 day workshop there, - then home! (and a good rest!!! :) )

A pity we can';t meet, but I can understand when life, family and other things get in the way. You are not alone in that!!!

At 6:54pm on June 1, 2011, Lorelei Halley said…
A microscope image for the THREADS group logo sounds just exactly right.  Whenever you have the time.  When you post the image, please post it to our PHOTOS.  That way members will be able to see the whole original image in all its detail.  When I plug it into the icon slot for the group, the software will create a small version just for that, but the original will stay in its original condition.
At 3:58pm on May 30, 2011, Lorelei Halley said…


The threads and fibers thing is of interest to most of our members, I think.  And it is possible that arachne members and other fiber enthusiasts may find the discussions and photos useful.  And our capacity to show pictures makes any verbal discussion doubly valuable.

I will create a group called THREADS, so any discussion can go there.  After you have posted photos, I will create a PHOTO ALBUM called THREADS and collect your photos there.  Will this work?

At 11:47pm on May 29, 2011, Lorelei Halley said…


Thanks for Nora's news.

At 11:31am on February 22, 2011, Linda Dumas said…

Hi Carolyn,

So ever since I watched your presentation on Saturday, I've been so excited to start needlelacing.  I found some info on the web and have begun.  Then it hit me that you did a presentation on the bee for our group last fall.  I guess I wasn't ready then.  I'm so glad that I went saturday.


At 3:31pm on January 26, 2011, Lorelei Halley said…


Thank you for the infor about where the photos came from.  As I understand it, anything published 1923 or earlier is out of copyright.  Perhaps the one image of the bedspread is OK to post.  I am relieved that we can use the important lace photos themselves.

At 1:59pm on January 26, 2011, Lorelei Halley said…


When was the book published that the Alencon bee photos came from?  Is it a museum catalog, or what?  I'm desperate for those pictures, but I'm also concerned about copyright issues.


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