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.

Special Projects

Preston Lacemakers have marked important milestones through collaborating on joint projects. 
For more pictures of the project, click on the image.


30th ANNIVERSARY 2016
Lacemakers made bunting to celebrate their 30th Anniversary and shared a Jacob's join after the AGM.  The cloth made to celebrate the 1992 Preston Guild also takes centre stage in the photograph.




PRESTON GUILD 2012
Lacemakers participated, as part of Preston Arts Association, in the Community Procession and photographs are available here.  The group also made bookmarks in Preston colours of blue and white to commemorate this once every 20 years event.




PRESTON LACEMAKERS 25TH ANNIVERSARY 2011


Designer and Project Manager Marian Miller with the prize winning quilt
As Chairman for the previous 3 years, Marian Miller undertook to design and ‘Project Manage!’ the making of a Japanese folded quilt, which would incorporate as wide a variety of laces as possible, be suitable for all abilities, be colourful and dare, we say it, ‘large’.

The Anniversary Quilt, now finished, is 63ins. by 77ins. and in a Rainbow of colours, on a background of black sateen cotton.  The quilt is made up of 99 seven inch squares:
   - 50 alternate diagonal squares are filled with plain material,
   - 49 alternate diagonal squares are filled with 27 different types of lace made by the members. They were each asked to make a piece of lace of their choice, within a specific colour range.

Keeping everything crossed, when the quilt was put together the colours and the lace ‘worked’. Well we think so!

The quilt was exhibited at the Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate Showground in the Group Friendship Quilt Section in September 2011 and won the section prize. 

Marian Miller collecting the prize at the Great Northern Quilt  Show Sept 2011

MILLENIUM STOLE

Preston Lacemakers decided to commemorate the Millennium with a joint project of a silk torchon shawl designed by Marian Miller.





PRESTON GUILD 1992










‘Once in every Preston Guild’ means once every twenty years. A few years before the Preston Guild celebrations in 1992 Preston Lacemakers decided to mark the occasion by making a cloth. All members of Preston Lacemakers took part using a design by Jean Hardy. 
The spokes of the cloth are taken from designs in the wrought iron work in an old shopping arcade, the arches round the edge of the cloth represent the bridges over the river.
The emblems on the cloth are:
The lamb of Preston; the cross of St George; Preston Lacemakers badge and the Lancastrian Rose worked in the wrong colour of ivory and not red - you could say this was lacemakers licence!!