Carolyn Wetzel
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  • Williamsburg, MA
  • United States
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Lorelei Halley commented on Carolyn Wetzel's event Aemilia Ars needle lace class - 12th Annual Winter Lace Conference, Costa Mesa, CA (USA)
"thanks for posting this."
Nov 13
Linda Grové commented on Carolyn Wetzel's photo


Sep 24
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Linda Dumas's photo
Sep 11, 2016
Carolyn Wetzel replied to Lorelei Halley's discussion Ning fee
"That is a huge increase! Will there be more functionality for the site? "Many hands make light work" - hopefully we can collect enough money from users to keep it going, if everyone pitches in with what they can."
Sep 8, 2016
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lorelei Halley's group Aemilia Ars
"I copy the pattern on plain blue paper, cover it with matte clear contact paper, then put it on one layer of bookcloth (Arrestox) and one or two layers of cotton fabric, sewing all the layers together. The bookcloth gives it some flexible stiffness…"
Jul 7, 2016
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Linda Dumas's photo

newest piece - first try

"Nice work, Linda! A lacemaker from Albany I know was in the Pag class at OIDFA; we'll have to have a meet-up to see what she learned..."
Jul 7, 2016
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Nupur N.Heise's photo

Frances Cheyney sampler - a study in whitework

"Beautiful - what a wonderful heirloom it will be. Was there one technique you enjoyed the most?"
Jun 8, 2016
Lorelei Halley commented on Carolyn Wetzel's photo

Step 1 drawing the pattern

"Manie Be sure to tell us all about when you return home. Also please be sure to post photos of what you did. We would love to see."
Feb 23, 2016
Manie Kriel commented on Carolyn Wetzel's photo

Step 1 drawing the pattern

"Thanks, I have ask the question to early, and only noticed you well placed rule afterwards. I will attend the class on Pag lace @ OIFDA Slovenia this year"
Feb 23, 2016
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Carolyn Wetzel's photo

Step 2 glue pattern on cardstock

"Dear Manie, If you look at Step 1 in this photo, you can see the grid with a ruler placed on top. They are about 5 mm apart. Best, Carolyn"
Feb 21, 2016
Lorelei Halley commented on Carolyn Wetzel's photo

Step 2 glue pattern on cardstock

"I don't know what the original size was.  This pattern was circular graph paper taken from the internet, I think. You can print it out at whatever size you want, for whatever size thread you decide to you. I realize this vague answer is…"
Feb 20, 2016
Manie Kriel commented on Carolyn Wetzel's photo

Step 2 glue pattern on cardstock

"How far is the concentric circles apart? "
Feb 20, 2016
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Lynette Hale's photo

Aemilia ars lace 003

"Hi Lynette, Did you reduce the size of the pattern to use the size 80 thread? If so, about how much? Thanks!"
Dec 31, 2015
Carolyn Wetzel replied to Christiane Machabée's discussion Fil de lin / linen thread
"Hi Xiaojie, The thread in the picture you posted, do you have an opportunity to buy it? It looks to me like a good size for Pag lace, and fairly smooth. If it is not too expensive you should give it a try! But you may need to wash the thread or lace…"
Aug 4, 2015
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Christiane Machabée's photo

Aemilia Ars essay / essai

"Beautiful work! Your scalloped triangles are perfection."
Aug 4, 2015
Carolyn Wetzel commented on Christiane Machabée's photo

Dentelle de type Argentan / Argentan type lace

"I agree that the two laces are similar enough to group them with both names in the group title even though they are distinct laces. Not that I am a history expert, but there are stylistic and technical differences between them."
Apr 19, 2015

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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 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.

At 6:07pm on January 13, 2011, Nora Finnegan said…

Got it!

I was making such an elementary mistake,-it's embarrassing! I forgot to 'Save'; shhh--. Haven't had time to check out everything on the forum yet. It's seems just great. Thanks again for telling me about it.

:) Nora


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