Gracie Larsen - April 22
It is with much sadness that we pass on the news that The Lace Museum has lost our beloved co-founder, Gracie Larsen.
Please read about her extraordinary life on the San Jose Mercury News website.
March 2018 Vintage Lace Sale Success! - April 7
We want to thank the Guild members and public that attended, for making the Springtime 4th weekend in March, 2018 Vintage Lace Sale a most exciting success! With our ever changing new set-up, it seems every sale is bringing new and exciting surprises for all of us! The Thursday night pre-sale introduced us to some new members, talented, bright, stunning costume and clothing artists, doll makers, it brought back many ongoing members we were so happy to have return to replenish their stock and those who added to their collections! The sales have become like “old home week” reunions of old friends and friendly faces we love to see, hear stories and see photos of what has been happening since their last visit. Of course that extends into Friday and Saturday when the vintage sale team of volunteers gather again to offer their invaluable assistance which no thanks is ever enough for. Without them, their patience, legwork and attentiveness to meet and greet the customers, and keep all the lace in pristine order, the sale could never happen. The mood was high, and the customers and volunteers were once again in good spirits and humor!
The most exciting part of the weekend were the final hours of the sale when a group of young women began to trickle in, one at a time, one by one . . . leaving questioning looks on our faces. The most beautiful outfits, gorgeous faces in full make-up, as if we were being taken back in a time machine to the eras when our lace was made! Who ARE these women? Apparently a “Meet-up” had been planned by a type of “CosPlay” group who spend their weekends dressing up and attending events, “Meet-ups”, that have been advertised for their style of dress! Oh they were precious, adorable, talented, some having made their own costumes, all looking for lace and embellishments to add to the dresses they make and/or purchase, each with their own style, color and generation in mind. The playful ending was a smash!
Please note your calendars that unless something unforeseen comes up, future Vintage Lace Sales will be scheduled for the 4th Thursday members only presale, Friday/Saturday for the public of each March and September of the year.
Psssst: We are also considering a “Trunk Sale of SURPRISES”, unimaginable opportunity items and prices possibly this summer. More information to come later. Get on our mailing list by becoming a Guild member with your tax deductible membership to be sure to get more information as it becomes available.
Semi-Annual Vintage Lace Sale is March 22, 23 and 24 - March 2
March 22: 5:30 - 8:00pm, Members Only pre-sale
March 23 & 24: 9:30am - 4:00pm, Open to the public
Once again, we will offer items from our Museum Collection!
Items include: Vintage tablecloths - all sizes,
Placemats, napkins, linen towels, & hankies,
Lace for costumers, collectors, crafting, & art projects,
Accessories, clothing parts, aprons, adult & baby clothes,
Fine lace edgings & insertions, collars, purses
Pillowcases, bedspreads, dresser mats, doilies,
Craft, knitting, crochet tools & supplies!
Check out our BARGAIN BOX!
Cash, checks & charges accepted. All Sales Final
Museum Reopens - February 21
The Lace Museum has reopened after our renovation. Please stop by for a visit and a browse through our gift shop.
Scholarships Available for Lace Workshops in England - February 21
TextileSupport will be giving two scholarships for students under the age of 25 currently enrolled in a tertiary Design, Art or Fashion programme to attend the workshops to be held at Walford Mill Crafts and the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, in September 2018, in conjunction with Jane Atkinson's exhibition *Ebb 'n' Flow*. The scholarships aim to assist students who would like to incorporate lace making techniques into their practice to learn and/or develop skills with two exceptional lace makers.
Each scholarship includes: •The workshop and materials fees • Two night’s accommodation • £300 to assist with travel costs
Interested students can complete the online form at www.textilesupport.net/lace-support. Entries close on April 20.
The Lace Museum Gets a Facelift - February 8
A long-term goal for The Lace Museum is to raise enough funds to purchase a permanent home for our collection and activities. In the meantime, we have secured a new five year lease for our current location. Thanks to a generous donor we have fresh paint to enjoy during our stay. Please visit us after February 12th, when we re-open with a new exhibit and a new look.
Email Troubles - January 26
It has come to our attention that some of those who have joined our guild or have signed up for our emails through mail chimp are not getting their notices because the notices are going directly to their spam folders. Please put both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org in your contacts list so you will not miss out on any information.