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.

We Are Not Silent

The Lace Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers from varied backgrounds. We all strive to adhere to the museum’s core values of inclusivity, honesty, and integrity as we engage with all people interested in learning, making, preserving and exhibiting lace.

IOLI Convention Goes Online for 2020

The International Organization of Lace, Inc (IOLI) is creating the Unconventional Convention 2020 to replace its postponed in-personal convention. UnCon 2020 will be the week of July 20-24 at a computer near you! There will be events every day culminating in the Friday banquet. Visit their Welcome to the IOLI UnCon 2020 webpage for more details as they are available.

Opportunity for Irish Crochet Workshop with International Expert

We are pleased to be working with Máire Treanor to present new online workshops for Irish Crochet. Please share your interest and level (beginner, improver, advanced) by email to lacemuseum@gmail.com or via Facebook message. This will help us structure the sessions appropriately.

Máire Treanor lives in Clones, Ireland and has been researching and designing Clones Irish Crochet Lace since the late 1980s. Her book ‘Clones Lace: The Story and Patterns of an Irish Crochet’ was first published in 2002, republished by Lacis in Berkeley, CA in 2010. She has been travelling to the States since 1999, and is a regular tutor with Lacis. She is part of a local group of volunteers who have been organizing the International Clones Lace Summer School since 1990. The 30th International Summer School is scheduled for June 2021, due to travel restrictions. Máire is also a regular contributor to Piecework magazine.

Update on Covid-19 Response

The safety and health of our community, including our dedicated volunteers and loyal customers, is always important to us. The museum is currently closed until at least May 3rd following Federal, State and County guidelines. When it is appropriate, we will re-open part time in order to protect our most vulnerable volunteers and their families. Until then, please take advantage of the resources on our Facebook page and this website. Here we have links to our online shop, our Amazon site, patterns you can use, and interesting lace info. We truly appreciate the lace making community and will strive to stay connected. We value your support and donations during this challenging time while we are closed.

In Person Workshops Change to Online

In person workshops in the spring and summer of 2020 have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled as soon as possible.

During this difficult period, we are fortunate that all workshop teachers for this period have agreed to online components. The first up will be Turkish Needle Lace (Igne Oya). Please visit our Workshops page for more details.

Response to Covid-19

The safety and health of our community, including our dedicated volunteers and loyal customers, is always important to us. We will be reviewing all events and assessing the Museum’s open hours as the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic evolves. Please note that we may need to adjust our operations and events based on future recommendations and/or volunteer availability.