Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saint Nick Christmas offering

Rose Anne shared this Christmas postcard she made with us. 

Machine needle felting and hand embroidery
Background has iron on stabilizer for free-hand machine felting process, then outlined with hand embroidery. 
Fly stitch embroidery for tree and circle frame with French knot berries.
Tree top is a crystal heart with ribbon bow for top.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lace Collar or Cuff

Gerdine shared this sample of Irish Crochet from County Antrim, Northern Ireland circa early 1900’s. 
Leaves and grape motifs are connected by clone stitches and a crochet edging.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

What is it?

Gerdine brought in a stack of round crochet motifs that are mounted on fabric inserts.  One of us thought it is a pin cushion.  Others thought the collection of motifs were stacked together to be used for a larger project later.

What do you think?

Irish crochet
Circa 1900
Country Antrim, Northern Ireland

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Possible child’s collar

Gerdine shared this lace sample from the early 1900’s.  We think it may be a child’s collar.

Rose and three leaf clover motifs
Clone stitch ground
Scalloped crochet edging

Irish crochet from County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2011 Lace Guild Advent Calendar!

Our friends at the Lace Guild posted their 2011 Holiday Advent Calendar.

Some of the hidden treasures are not just the photos – there are a few patterns too.  Check it out every day to see what’s new.

There’s also a competition.  Just answer five easy questions relating to the pictures in the Advent calendar.  Details are available on their website.

Photo credit / pattern

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mary’s Lace

Mary is the host of the Northern Lights Lace Makers monthly get together at St. Peter's Anglican Church. 

Here you can see her adding 40 pairs of bobbins to her new Bedfordshire bobbin lace project.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

November 2011 Newsletter

Click here for a PDF version of our November 2011 Newsletter.

This coming Sunday is our regular lace group get together.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

St. Peter's Anglican Church
755 Elm Street at Grant Ave, Winnipeg
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Parking is along the west side of the building.  Hope to see you there!  If you want to drop by for a shorter time, Mary puts the kettle on for tea around 3:00 pm.  Dainties are welcome, optional.
If anyone has some older Canadian Lacemaker Gazettes or other lace/tatting magazines no longer needed, please consider donating them to our library.  Thanks to Gerdine Strong for donating the binder of I.O.L.I. magazines!  A real treasure… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
December: Christmas Day falls on the last Sunday of the month.  Happy Holidays!  Next meeting is Sunday January 29, 2012. 

Here’s a lace cookie recipe from Debi at Nordic Needle:

Oatmeal Lace Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 6 Tablespoon all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar until light yellow and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and cream until well combined. Add flour, salt, and oatmeal and mix well. Spray parchment paper with oil spray. Drop by teaspoon onto parchment lined cookie sheets. These cookies should be very flat and delicate so do not spoon more than a teaspoon of dough on your cookie sheet. Leave at least 3 inches between the cookies because they will spread out.
Bake 9-11 minutes until edges are golden brown, but not too dark. Let cool completely until edges are completely set. Using a thin spatula, lift off cookies off the sheets. Store in an airtight containers or freeze, if you have any left!

This is a traditional Swedish cookie that was served several times at camp. It is light and airy, resembling somewhat a punched or cut out paper snowflake.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tiger Hills Arts Association Lace Exhibition

There's an exhibition of lace at the Tiger Hills Arts Association in Holland, MB for the month of October Tues to Fri 10 to 4 pm.  open on Saturdays by appointment. 

Open the whole month of October except the final couple of days when they take down the exhibit.  Six women have contributed their lace work for the display.  The women are from the Brandon group of lacemakers.

Click here to see more photos.

Tiger Hills Arts Association103 Broadway St, Holland R0G 0X0 

2011 Lace Retreat

We held our 5th Annual Northen Lights Lace Retreat on September 23 - 25, 2011.  A great time was had by all.  Please take a moment to visit our photo album.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beginner Bobbin Lace Class

Beginner Bobbin Lace Class at the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library 1B-183 Kennedy Street 

Saturday, Sept. 17 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  

$30 class fee, $35 kit fee, includes all supplies.  

If you know of someone interested, they can phone Andrea at the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library to register.

204-487-6117 or by email:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Folkorama Belgian Pavilion

The Belgian Pavilion asked for volunteers to demonstrate bobbin lacemaking during Folklorama.  Thanks Yvonne for taking charge of this venture. 

Click here for more photos.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Newfoundland Connection

Jocelyn wrote:  On July 7th I was able to connect with Joyce Owers at Commissariat House in St. John's, Newfoundland.  See photos of the lace she shared with me.  Thank you Joyce!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Show and Tell

We met last Sunday and had great fun showing one another our treasures.  Take a peek at our Show & Tell album to see more photos.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Resizing Patterns or Threads

Have you ever wanted to do a project and you don't have the right size of thread or want to use something other than what your pattern suggests?  You might feel like you have to guess on how to make the adjustments and may end up doing a lot of work only to find out that your lace doesn't turn out quite the way you planned.

We’d like to thank Ulla for sharing an excellent article on Resizing Patterns or Threads that tells you exactly how to make the adjustments.

Post comment to let us know how your pattern adjustment turns out!

Friday, June 17, 2011

You're Invited! 5th Annual Fall Retreat

Bobbin Lace, Needle Lace, Tatting, Battenberg Lace, etc.
Mini Workshop…Displays…Market…Video Instruction…Free Time!

When: September 23, 24 and 25, 2011
Where: Laureate's Landing in St. Norbert (Villa Maria)
Registration Information
Fee: $240 (specialty prepared foods require 15% additional fees)

Registration Includes: 

All meals and snacks from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. 

Your own private bedroom with adjacent washroom between  2  rooms.  There are plenty of showers down the hall, towels are provided. 

Everything is in one building and the scenic grounds are ours to enjoy.  There's a walk along the river.  The parking lot is large and parking is free. 

A list of items to bring will be emailed closer to the date. 
Registration deadline: September 1, 2011 (payment must be included with registration)

Space is limited.  Early registration is encouraged to ensure your place at the retreat! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Second Annual Lace Day THANK YOU!

Thanks to all who organized, advertised, gave out invitations, baked, helped with set up/take down, donated items for the draws and silent auction, brought display items, helped in the kitchen, demonstrated bobbin lace making & tatting, greeted people, answered questions, and smiled the whole day!  We had a wonderful time.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Second Annual Lace Day

You are Invited!

Join us at the
Northern Lights Lacemakers’

Second Annual Lace Day

Saturday, June 11, 2011
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

St. Peter’s Anglican Church Hall
755 Elm Street at Grant Ave.
Winnipeg, MB

Lace Demonstrations, Displays,
Items for Sale!
Donation at the door.
Refreshments available.