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.

History

Dorothy Swinson, the first chair person of Preston Lacemakers, taught three lace classes in the Preston area: Alston Hall; Glovers Court and Our Lady & St. Edwards.

In November 1985 a lace day was organised by Dorothy with help from pupils who attended these classes. From this a decision was made to form a lace group. Dorothy is shown in the picture below.







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Pictured above in 2006 at the 20th anniversary celebrations five founding members: Dorothy Holt; Hetty Wicks; Dorothy Dixon; Lesley Howard and Joan Knowles with Jean Ashcroft (Chair in 2006).

Preston Lacemakers are noted for their warmth and friendliness which is evident at their Christmas Party, their anniversary celebrations and in their donations to local charities raised through their monthly meetings. These friendly meetings often have a workshop where participants can try their hand at learning different lace and other craft techniques. Throughout the years Preston Lacemakers have also held Lace Days mounted exhibitions and demonstrations and have been entertained by speakers on a wide range of subjects.

Important milestones such as the Preston Guilds in 1992 and 2012 and the millennium have also been marked by PLM.

Preston Lacemakers values its history but also wants to promote and develop Lacemaking as a vibrant craft for today. We welcome new members/ lacemakers. Why not pay us a visit at one of our monthly meetings.