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: 31
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,

Discussion Forum

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 May 12, 2018 at 9:12pm

I have received my Last magazine, and it is so sad. I understand the UK Lace Guild has taken over some of their supplies and books, and will continue selling the Very good Beginners books.  I hope they do more for the Craft, too.

Thank you, Lorelei for keeping this site going. It is about the only Dedicated Needle Lace place to go to - for help, for ideas, and for pictures of new needle lace.  I, like many others, love to see what people are making, - though I have not been able to do any needle lace for the past year, due to an ongoing eye problem.

I have lots of ideas, but can't put them into practice. Grrr!!

Comment by Laura Sandison on December 2, 2017 at 9:17am

I'm also pretty sad about this. Perhaps the phoenix will rise again, perhaps in a different form, as newer lacemakers discover this beautiful fiber art. I think keeping this open is a wise choice. Thank you Lorelei!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 1, 2017 at 8:39pm

It is a pity that the Guild of Needle Laces has closed down. I am going to keep this group open, in spite of this.  Too bad they couldn't find a way to keep the guild operating, but do it without all the formal offices and work.

Comment by Allison Bradbury on October 26, 2017 at 3:39am
What will happen to the Guild's library collection?
I know some younger members did join the Committee a few years ago. It didn't work out.
Comment by Teri Dow on October 25, 2017 at 5:56pm
It’s a pity some of the remaining funds, if any, couldn’t be put towards the running of this site ....
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on October 24, 2017 at 9:06pm

So Very, Very sad to hear the Guild of Needlelaces is closing down, - due to no-one filling the committee places to run the Guild.

We really Must keep this forum open so there is some place for this lovely craft to prosper.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 19, 2016 at 8:39pm

I have just checked the Guild web site, and see the theme for next year's Challenge design is up there.   Hmmm!  I better put my thinking hat on, and get going on it!!

I really enjoy the idea of the Challenges, as there is no Judging of your work, but it is so interesting to see how others perceive the same pattern.  I love to see how others work the same design I have worked.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on April 27, 2016 at 9:17pm

Wow! What a great collection of leaves and flowers. I am so glad you got such a good response. Thank you to whoever assembled my 2 flowers. I sent them just as petals, along with the leaves, as posting 3D things is a bit difficult. I thought a flat bundle of "Textile motifs" would get through the post more easily in this day and age!!  I bet the wire edges looked a bit strange if the Postie X-rayed the flat cardboard envelope!!!!! :)

I look forward to seeing the final arrangement at the show.

Comment by Gail Connor on April 27, 2016 at 2:50am

The Guild of Needle Laces will have a stand at the Makit LQandN fair at Peterborough on 8th May, and we asked our members to make us some leaves and flowers to decorate the stand.

We had the most amazing response!! 42 members produced 139 leaves and 30 flowers. Fabulous!

If you'd like to see them just go to the Guild website ( and click on the banner with the Autumnal leaves. Or if you're going to the fair, come and see them in real life!!

If you're one of those wonderful people who made a leaf or a flower - thank you so much!  Go and look at a picture of your leaf/flower on the website. If you can make it to Peterborough do come and see your work in all its glory at the Guild of Needle Laces stand. You could time how long it takes you to spot yours!

Oh they are all so pretty!

Comment by Gail Connor on April 27, 2016 at 2:47am

The Guild of Needle Laces is holding its AGM on 8th October this year (2016) at Harvey Road School, Harvey Road, Croxley Green, Herts WD3 3BN. This year we are calling it "Needlelace for Everyone".

As well as the very short AGM we have a speaker, Fleur Oakes, who will be talking about "Stumpwork and Surgery".

The day starts at 10 am and finishes at 4 pm. Admission is £4, and ALL are welcome, whether or not you are a member of the Guild.  Workshops cost £6, including all materials.  There is free parking, facilities for disabled and refreshments are available (but not lunch, so bring your own if you intend to stay all day).

If you want to attend a workshop you have to book in advance, please. Contact our chairman on 

It's going to be a great day, so tell all your friends and put it into your diary!


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