Preston Lacemakers are a friendly group of people who meet to share their enthusiasm and enjoyment in the art and craft of lace, in all its variations. Our group includes men and women, young and old, beginners to experienced. Throughout the year we have workshops in both lace and other craft techniques. We also promote lace through exhibitions and giving demonstrations.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Next Meeting: 6 May 2017 Display of Members' Work

Many thanks to Rubina Porter MBE, who gave us an amazing talk at the last meeting, all about her work with a children's and women's centre in Bangladesh. She brought lots of lovely items made at the centre for us to buy.  These included scarves, shoe bags, phone cases and cards.  These were so popular with the group that Rubina made £415 from the sales.  All the money goes to her work at the Sreepur Village in Bangladesh. 

Our next meeting will be on Saturday May 6th and will be a day for us to make lace and display our latest work.  If you wish to join us, this will be a good meeting to meet members, see their lace and chat.

Next year we shall be exhibiting our work at Haydock Lace Fair.  The theme will be 'Celebrations'.  Would members please let the committee know of any ideas for the exhibition and if they have any lace that can be included.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Next Meeting: 1 April 2017 Rubina Porter MBE 'Threading Dreams'

Thank you to members for squeezing into the only heated room in the building for our AGM last month.  Unfortunately the Church had heating problems and were only able to provide temporary heating in the small room.  We coped, however, and the Jacob's Join finger buffet was a great success.

Next month, on 1 April 2017, Rubina Porter MBE will be giving a talk entitled 'Threading Dreams'.  The talk is planned to start at 11:00.  Visitors are very welcome to join us.  You don't required any tickets though we ask for £1, which includes tea and coffee and biscuits.

After the talk, we shall all chat, make lace and share ideas.  Any visitors are, of course, welcome to stay for the full day.  If you forget to bring some lunch with you, there are shops and food outlets nearby.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Next Meeting: Annual General Meeting and finger buffet 4 March 2017

Lovely to see a busy meeting last month, chat about everyone's current projects and see the display of finished work from our talented members.

Our next meeting takes place on Saturday 4 March.  The Annual General Meeting will take place at 11:00 followed by a Jacob's Join finger buffet, so remember to bring something that can be eaten without cutlery.  You will also need a glass and something to drink if you want a cold beverage other than water.

Please consider whether you are able to contribute to the work of the group by volunteering for a role on the committee, or for other roles which help with the smooth running of the group.

If you would like to attend the meeting as a visitor, you might prefer to join us at about 1.00 pm in the afternoon, after the AGM has ended and the buffet is concluding.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Next Meeting: 4 February 2017 Make lace and members' display

We were very pleased to welcome Church Meadow crafts to our meeting last Saturday and we had a fascinating time browsing their extensive stall of lacemaking supplies. After lunch we were treated to an interesting talk from the perspective of a supplier and lace fair organiser. A really enjoyable day.

Remember that the AGM takes place at our meeting in March and the secretary will shortly be issuing the relevant papers, so if you have items or suggestions for discussion on the day, please let Carol have them immediately so that she can add them to the agenda.

Our next meeting on 4 February is to sit and relax, chat, make lace and display your work.  Enjoy.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Next Meeting Saturday 7 January 2017 Church Meadow Crafts

Thanks to Stephen Watson for an entertaining talk and workshop on Origami, given after another splendid Jacob's Join Christmas lunch on 1 December.  For those members who were unable to attend, you can see details of his work and some videos on his website, or click here.

Our next meeting takes place on Saturday, 7 January 2017, when Church Meadow Crafts will bring lace and other supplies along for members and visitors to purchase in the morning and will give a talk after lunch.  A good opportunity to think about your next project and to purchase any threads, fabric and equipment you will need.

Our AGM takes place at the March meeting.  If you have any items that you wish to add to the AGM agenda, could you please give them to Carol Fenlon, preferably at the 7 January meeting but definitely by the end of January 2017.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful 2017.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Next Meeting: Christmas Party 3 December 2016

Another year has flown by and it is our Christmas Party once again.  Dress up and get ready for some delicious food and fun activities on Saturday 3 December.  Remember to bring some food; plates and bowls; knives, forks and spoons and a wrapped gift to the value of £5.00. Coffee and tea will be available.  If you want a cold drink, bring your preferred drink and a glass.  If you have a nice prize for the raffle, that would be very welcome.

Well done to all those at the last meeting who made the beautiful etuis.  It was a very busy and enjoyable workshop.

Best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Next Meeting: Etui Workshop with Kathryn Thompson 5 November 2016

At our next meeting on 5 November 2016, Kathryn Thompson will be giving an Etui Workshop.  This has been a very popular workshop with limited places and these are all booked now.  Members who are not participating in the workshop will be making lace and chatting.