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What kind of needle lace do you make, and how long have you been making it?
3-d needlelace, general needlelace, contemporary needlelace
What kind or kinds of needle lace do you want to learn?
venetian gros point, to expand existing knowledge having just started point de gaze I want to explore that in more detail
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Most bobbin laces, crochet, carrickmacross, tenerife lace

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Needlelace Designs & Techniques by Catherine Barley

A reminder that the above book will be on sale at Wolds Lacemakers Lace Day on the 27th September at Cottingham Road Baptist Church Chanterlands Avenue Hull HU5 4AY UK.  Entrance fee is £3.50 and there is  parking available.   But bring a packed lunch.  We will also be having a talk on needlelace in the afternoon by Anne Weston of Needlepaws on 21st Contemporary Lace as well as a talk in the morning on Ripon Lace (Yorkshire)  by Mary Moseley and Avril Edmondson.     Suppliers will be in…


Posted on September 12, 2014 at 3:42am

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…


Posted on August 5, 2014 at 4:12am

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…


Posted on March 5, 2014 at 8:02am

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At 6:22am on December 16, 2014, Ombretta Panese Brettagna said…

Hi Maureen. Thanks for the compliments. The trunk of the tree is made with stitch
"Gnocheti" (this is a dialect term because our Venetian lace stitches are called in dialect, in Italian the correct name is "Gnocchetti"). I love this because it's a little relief, and it can give a little bit of movement at work. It is done by grouping four or five stitches sacola together. In the second book we will put the explanation of "Gnocheti".

At 6:35pm on February 3, 2014, Elizabeth Ligeti. said…

Thanks you.  It is so nice to have Catherine "handy" too, I have found. she is very generous with her knowledge, and is always helpful.  she suggested I mark my circles 'properly' with more even spaces so all the first round stitches are the same size, and that will improve the work, too.

I have a small NL pillow, but don't use it!  I find it easier to work in the hand. I hunch up over a pillow, which is not good, and working in the hand, I can lean back on the couch, pull my lighted magnifier to the correct position, and work more comfortably. I love Carol Williamson's designs, - and made my neck band/high collar from one of her designs in a UK Lace magazine. I pulled the design to pieces, as it was too 'round' and wider than the neckband, and positioned the leaves beside the rose, not around it, and it turned out well. I presume she is the "Williamson" of the Williamson Stitch!!  It is such a nice stitch, and I use it a lot.  Lucky you to have had a class with her.

At 2:06pm on February 3, 2014, Karen Ryszman said…

Hi Maureen, thank you for inviting me to be your friend.

At 8:49pm on February 2, 2014, Lorelei Halley said…

Well that's interesting.  What a unique look. I like it.

At 8:10pm on February 2, 2014, Elizabeth Ligeti. said…

I can't find where I talked and showed the Looped Star stitch, - so thought I would update you privately!!

Catherine sent me a copy of the pattern for the Sampler 4 shown on her web site.  t printed out to the correct size, she assured me. My circle was too large, for starters.  Anyway, I printed her sampler off, - and then cropped it for just the circles, and put them on a pad. We were away this weekend, so I had it with me to work on. I did 3 circles needle towards me, as I usually work, - and then did the bottom 2 circles (either side of the stalk mark) needle away, - and they were so much better, so I did the small centre circle, needle away, too.   I can see that I have to work this stitch, like the Pt. de Gaze Ground needle away every time.

When I had the wonderful workshop with Catherine, when she came out to Australia, she said I should work needle away all the time! I find that hard, but gradually, I am finding stitches that look better needle away!!!  Do you work needle towards you or away?

You can see that centre top was the first circle I worked! Nice to see that I improved a bit.

Still room for better tension, but I can now live with the bottom 2 circles. the small centre one is OK too.  It is an interesting stitch, stich can be useful to give a different look.

At 12:38am on January 27, 2014, Anne Cannon said…

Hi Maureen.  Thanks for welcome.  I'm trying to find way round site and it seems very informative.  Loving some of your pictures, you have done some beautiful work. I'm in danger of spending more time on computer than making needle lace! I didn't know there were so many types, so its all very interesting. 

At 6:18pm on January 26, 2014, Karen Ryszman said…

Thank you for your welcome Maureen - I have started my first piece of needle lace with the help of Liz Ligeti and I have not been able to put it down! Returning to needle based lace making has been a great decision.

At 5:11am on December 11, 2013, Lakshmi R said…

thank you dear..

hope I will do it right :)

At 2:42am on September 18, 2012, Lorelei Halley said…


I'm glad you posted your Cottingham event.  I've been hoping that everybody would do that.

At 10:51am on August 1, 2012, Sue Duckles said…

Thank you Miss


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