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Sacramento - friday

Sorry for the delay.  Friday - last day of classes.  I left feeling like I had learned a great deal but still a great deal to practice and learn.  The banquet was very nice.  The meal was delicious.  I had the prime rib.  The entertainment this year was a fashion show of lace from Lia Baumeiser-Jonkers collection.  She certainly has some beautiful pieces.  while the show was taking place, a woman was playing music from an electrical harp.   

Added by Linda Dumas on August 13, 2014 at 1:49am — 2 Comments

Sacremento - thursday

This was not an eventful day for me.  after morning class, I called my teacher to tell her that I was not well and would not be coming.  I spent the time sleeping.  I did not attend the annual meeting at night as well.  Maybe someone else has comments for that.

Added by Linda Dumas on August 8, 2014 at 1:06pm — 4 Comments

Sacramento - tour day wednesday

I had selected the tour for the Lace Museum and Lacis.  Please forgive me, someone told me not to get too excited about the Lace Museum.  so I was not.  I was part of the group that went to the park first (Lace Museum too small to fit in all of us at once).  while at the park I had a nice long chat with a new friend.  then we were off to the Lace Museum.  wow, I was so glad that my expectations were surpassed!  ok, yes, it is a little small, but everything was so well displayed.  I feel…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 7, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments

IOLI contest

Elizabeth Ligeti has a couple of amazing entries. I love her Mediterranean lace doily. I am no allowed to take a photo, so she will have to post it some time.

Added by Lucy ludwig on August 6, 2014 at 11:04pm — 2 Comments

Sacramento - tuesday

Morning class, then the IOLI luncheon.  That was very nice.  The meal was good and then there was a nice lecture about the lace collection at the Smithsonian.  It was very…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 6, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments


Sorry I am not posting much. All I have is my iPhone. I am taking Irish Crochet Lace and Romanian Point Lace with Nancy Neihring and Holly Van Sciver's Beginning class. Would love to meet Linda Dumas and Lorelie and any other Needlelace Talkers. Linda, you won a prize!

Added by Lucy ludwig on August 5, 2014 at 10:29pm — 2 Comments

Sacramento - news flash for 2015

So excited to see that Loretta is going to be teaching an Alencon class.  Sign me up.  If you want to see the list of classes for next year, check out the Facebook page for IOLI.

Added by Linda Dumas on August 5, 2014 at 5:25am — No Comments

Sacramento - teacher's showcase

After having dinner with a new friend, I returned to the hotel to go to the Teacher's Showcase.  Right off, what I liked about the event this year is that it was so spread out.  room for everyone to just come in and walk around to every table.  The collection of teachers this year (as every year) is very talented and you can really see that at this event.  They put out their most beautiful pieces.  As you look at every table, you are inspired and want immediately to take their…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 5, 2014 at 5:17am — 5 Comments

Guild of Needlelaces AGM 11th October 2014

The Guild of Needle Laces is trying something different for its annual open day and AGM this year on Saturday 11th October 2014 at Harvey Road School, Harvey Road, Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, WD3 3BN from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

The theme of the day is 'A Needlelace Experience' where members of the Guild  and the public can share their needlelace experience.

There will be three workshops tutored by some of our best needlelacers. The workshops will run all day and must be booked in…


Added by Maureen Bromley on August 5, 2014 at 4:12am — No Comments

Sacramento - afternoon class

Once again with Galina and this time orenburg lace design techniques.  The class was so interesting.  It is about putting the different elements of the lace together a certain way.  No knitting, just designing.  please see the comment I made on a reply from this morning's class.

The showcase room was open and I got to take a look.  It is difficult to take it all in at once.  So I focused on one part.  that was the tatting shuttle display.  wow, I never knew so many types of shuttles…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 4, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Sacramento - morning class

Hello everyone,

the day began early for me as my class was at 8:00.   For those who don't know, they stagger the times for classes to help with congestion.  It was with Galina, fundamentals for Orenburg lace.  She is wonderful, so funny and tells us lots of stories about the lace.  It felt so good to just sit and knit.  for me, I have knitted for a long time so a lot of the concepts were familiar to me.  we had a full class and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

I have not…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 4, 2014 at 2:53pm — 4 Comments

Sacramento - Opening dinner

it was lovely and delicious.  I was surprised when I walked into the room, it looked like a lot of tables.  But it looked like they all got filled.  Before dinner, there was some entertainment.  Folks in period costumes from the gold rush days (we are in Sacramento and the theme is the gold rush).  they sang, made jokes, and performed a few tricks.  what fun.  after the dinner, there were some announcements and a well deserved thanking of the Gold Country Lacemakers for all their hard…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 3, 2014 at 10:35pm — 2 Comments

Sacramento - openning of marketplace

At 55 years of age, little makes me feel like a kid again......except opening of the marketplace.  kind of like Christmas morning.  there are lovely things everywhere.  Can be a bit overwhelming.  I was able to control myself and purchase only 2 books and some lace study pieces from Nancy Evans.  I wanted all the pieces of lace.  I never had the feeling I had today when purchasing the lace.  In my hands was a piece of lace made in the 1800's sometime.  Granted, it is not hundreds of years…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 3, 2014 at 6:01pm — 5 Comments


I'm at IOLI! so exciting!

Added by Lucy ludwig on August 3, 2014 at 5:29pm — 8 Comments

Sacramento - registration

I started my day being surprised.  I was awake very early and decided to check out the balcony.  Since it is so hot here during the day (fortunately there are no more 105 degrees for this week predicted), I assumed like back home, it was hot.  It was cold!  It felt so delightful.  Leaving the door to the balcony open, I went back to sleep more.

By the time I did awake again, registration had started.  think of a bunch of excited ladies all gathered together!  I got my things and now…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 3, 2014 at 12:37pm — 2 Comments

Sacramento - arrived

So I have arrived and am settled in my room.  This hotel is very spread out, lots of different buildings.  I have seen many ladies checking in at the front desk.  I have already been chatting with Liz Legati.  What fun!  I am not sure where the actual classes will be yet but I will find out.  It is very hot here today, but they tell me that the temperature yesterday was 105 degrees, so at least is it not that today.

there is nothing officially happening today.  Next I will let you…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 2, 2014 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

Sacremento - on my way

I started early this morning from Connecticut.  Sipping a cup of coffee, I started my first blog post and then I lost it.  that is the trouble with traveling and using the internet I guess.  I am now in chicago waiting for my next flight.  so let's start again....

So the day to travel to convention finally has arrived.  It seems like it has been forever.  Let's begin:

I am signed up for  a morning class with Galina Khmeleva for Fundamentals for Orenburg knitting.  I recently…


Added by Linda Dumas on August 2, 2014 at 7:51am — 1 Comment

Manual basic technique Burano Lace

We have published a small manual on the basic technique of needle lace of Burano. It is in Italian. In my blog is the presentation

Added by Ombretta Panese Brettagna on May 25, 2014 at 2:53am — 4 Comments

hello all

Am so sorry to have sort of vanished. But as I informed.. I got married had to completely shift to a new city.. I came here as soon as I got my first chance at internet. life is very hectic and chaotic right now.. but hope to catch up on needle lace soon.. have got 2 projects in cold storage for months ...

Added by Lakshmi R on April 6, 2014 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

Catherine Barley's reprint of her book is now available

Catherine Barley has now reprinted her book 'Needlelace Designs and Techniques'.     The price is £26.50 plus postage and contact with Cathy should be made through her website .    This  is an ideal book for everyone and contains lots of projects with colour pictures, together with stitch details with diagrams and lots of other  useful information.  This book is a valuable source of information and help to everyone whether…


Added by Maureen Bromley on March 5, 2014 at 8:02am — No Comments

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