Exciting News for The Lace Museum

Here in Silicon Valley there was a brisk change in business and traffic patterns in the decade leading up to 2020.  We have been planning some changes to keep our business relevant and our mission strong. The pandemic accelerated some of those changes as we created a robust online presence with our web shops,  virtual workshops, virtual exhibits,  social media and even virtual volunteers.  We are very proud that The Lace Museum has thrived as we supported and connected the global community of lace makers.  We happily announce a new location for the museum at 200 Brown Road, Fremont, CA.

Making this move is a great opportunity, putting us in a position to begin implementing other plans that the pandemic had forced us to pause.

  • Putting our collection online. Since 2010 we have catalogued our entire collection of lace into a database with the goal of putting it online.  We will now focus on producing high quality images of each piece as the next step to prepare for the online database. The scope of this endeavor will make it a multi-year project.
  • Moving to a nicer facility. Our new headquarters will allow us to support all of our volunteers, as well as continue the conservation of our collection, run in person classes and workshops, house a permanent display, and provide a meeting place for local makers. The new location will have dedicated space to facilitate photographing the collection.
  • Introducing new member benefits. In 2024, we plan to provide members with personal viewings of pieces from our collection and the ability to use our research archive.

We will continue to be open in our current location through October 1st, 2022.

We will re-open in January of 2023 at 200 Brown Road, Fremont, CA. At our new location, we will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, as well as by appointment.

As a teaching museum, we will continue our in-person workshops and classes as regularly scheduled throughout the transition.

Our web shops and virtual classes will be unaffected by the move.

Street Parking Restriction

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City of Sunnyvale – Citywide Waterline Replace Project

There will be no street parking and intermittent water shut offs beginning August 22, 2022. The driveway to the parking lot in front of the museum will remain open during the construction.

For more information, read the notice from the construction contractors here.

Dove of Peace in Milanese Technique

Exquisite “dove of peace” design available from Martina Wolter-Kampmann, an instructor at UnCon 2.0. You can purchase the step-by-step instructions with 3 bobbin lace letters (12 pages) as a download. The price is 14 Euro (approximately $15 USD). Martina is donating 5 Euro of the purchase price to current war victims. Click below to go to Martina’s website.

https://shop.wolter-kampmann.de/products/dove-of-peace-in-milanese-technique

The Vintage Sale Is Back!

New Location, Same High Quality Items

The Lace Museum will have a Vintage Sale in TRACY, CA, on

  • Friday, March 25: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 26: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 27: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location is at the beautiful Tracy’s Nursery and Gardens, 29181 S Lehman Road, Tracy, CA.

The vintage inventory will be spread out on tables outdoors and in a large barn – socially distanced for your safety as you look at tablecloths, napkins, household linens, costumer and collector laces, clothing, accessories, insertions and trims and much more!

Sale items include:

  • Tablecloths, Napkins and Household Linens
  • Costumer and Collector Laces
  • Clothing, Accessories, Insertions and Trims
  • And much more!

Cash, check and credit cards accepted. All sales are final.

Hope to see you there!

New Museum Hours

The Lace Museum is changing its Sunday opening hours to 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Lace Museum will now be open

  • Wednesdays from 12 noon – 2:00 pm
  • Saturdays from 12 noon – 3:00 pm
  • Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Passing of Co-Founder Cherie Helm

Cherie Martineau Helm, one of The Lace Museum’s co-founders, passed away in January 2022. Throughout her life, Cherie was an avid collector, specializing in antiques, textiles, and especially handmade lace. It was her interest in lace that she, along with Gracie Larsen, became co-founders of The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale. The museum is devoted to preserving, displaying, and teaching the art and history of lacemaking. Cherie enjoyed making bobbin lace, tatting and needle lace. She developed her own style of lace that she named Martineau Tape Lace. She shared her interest in lace with enthusiasm, demonstrating and teaching others how to make needle lace. She was known during her time at the museum for her exquisite Christmas ornaments.

Please visit Cherie’s memorial page for more details of her life.

Corporate Match

Now through Giving Tuesday (November 30), all donations will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous corporate sponsor. Help The Lace Museum continue to meet their mission. Please donate.

A Year’s Worth of Sprang

Sign up for a year’s worth of sprang. The SprangLady 2022 subscription offers you access to more than two dozen sprang lace patterns, at least two per month, as well as instructions for making fingerless mittens, or neck scarf, or tam, and a monthly Zoom session. Sign up for the SprangLady subscription $120 CAD (that’s about $95 USD) at www.SprangLady.com

New Virtual Workshops – Some For the First Time!

We are happy to announce that we have 11 virtual workshops scheduled for September, October and November. Some are short one session projects. Others meet a few times for more in-depth learning and projects. A few of our brand new workshops are Ipswich Lace, Beds Lace for Beginners and Continuing, and Lucet. Find all the details on our Workshops page.

Please note that we are changing our registration process slightly. The “Register” links for each workshop take you to a signup form so we can gather the right information for our virtual presentations. After you fill out the form, you can click a link on the confirmation page and purchase the workshop and any accompanying kit.

East Bay Mini Maker Faire – October 25

East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire follows the “big” Maker Faire model of celebrating invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, but is smaller in scale and will showcase the wonders of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and beyond! Learn more at https://eastbay.makerfaire.com and view the details of the “Call for Makers” at https://eastbay.makerfaire.com/callformakers/

Now Carrying Lizbeth Thread

The Lace Museum now has the full line of Lizbeth thread in sizes 20, 40 and 80. If you would like to place an order for a specific color, please visit our online shop and review the color chart.

New Opportunities to Sponsor Lace

We are proud to announce new opportunities to sponsor exquisite pieces lace in our collection. The new items are available for sponsorship in rotating displays for three years. When a sponsored piece is exhibited, the sponsor is acknowledged on a plaque next to the display. Two of the items are scheduled to be on display in the next three years. Please visit our Sponsor Lace web page for more details.

More Virtual Workshops

Our virtual workshops have been an enormous success. We are pleased to present several more virtual workshops in parallel with the IOLI UnCon Convention the week of July 20: Turkish Needle Lace and Continuing Turkish Needle Lace, Modern Grounds, Beginning and Continuing Tatting. Also in August and September we will present Clones Lace: an Irish Crochet for beginners and a Clones Lace for “improvers” who have mastered the basic skills from the beginners workshop and wish to increase their repertoire. Please check out our Workshops web page for more info and links to Shopify to register and buy kits.

New Virtual Workshops Announced

We are pleased to announce two new online workshops.

Bobbin Lace Design (the Binche Algorithm) is a lecture and hands-on learning experience on interpreting irregular lace shapes without having to draw and follow a thread diagram. The instructor is Pierre Fouché.

We will also be offering Ipswich Bobbin Lace with instructor Karen Thompson and Irish Crochet – Motifs with Máire Treanor.

Please visit the Workshops page for more information.

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