North Downs Lacemakers was set up in 1980 by a group of local lacemakers, initially meeting in members' homes, and took its name from the area in which they met. As the group expanded other premises were used. The Fritillary was chosen as the group's logo, as it grows wild in the locality.

We are a friendly group of lacemakers and welcome members of all ages. Our members include beginners, teachers and authors who make bobbin and needle lace of all types, traditional and modern. We welcome visitors of any standard of lace making to our meetings.

Our programme of monthly meetings includes talks, mini-workshops, 'Make Lace' evenings with suppliers and a Christmas Party. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Morgan Centre in Crowthorne from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. We hold a monthly raffle, and have goods, including membership badges, with our logo on for sale. Members may borrow books from our well stocked Library.

News and Updates

North Downs Annual Lace Day 2019

lace day

The North Downs Lacemakers 38th Lace Day will be held on the 28th September 2019 (FROM 10:30 TO 16:00) at The Yateley Centre.

Our speaker - Michele Carragher Embroidery and Illustrations for Film and Television.

Our suppliers will be:-

Photographs from our previous Lace Days: 2016 Lace Day |2014 Lace Day | 2013 Lace Day | 2012 Lace Day | 2011 Lace Day | 2010 Lace Day | 2009 Lace Day.

Also...

We had a very successful exhibition in June 2016 at The Needlework Archive at Greenham. You can see some pictures from the event here.

Workshops

Please join us even if you are a complete novice.

JUN 08 2019

Workshop - Continental Lace

Venue: Red Cross Hall, Yateley, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Anna Winter will be the tutor for this workshop. A £5 deposit before the workshop is required to book a place. Please contact workshop organiser for more details.
JUL 13 2019

Workshop - Whitework with Anna Winter

Venue: Red Cross Hall, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Anna Winter will be the tutor for this workshop. A £5 deposit before the workshop is required to book a place. Please contact workshop organiser for more details.

Meetings

APR 11 2019

April Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
AGM
MAY 09 2019

May Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Jan Blight, Topic - Spinning a Yarn.
JUN 13 2019

June Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, Topic - TBC (RSN).
JUL 11 2019

July Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - David Horton, Topic - Grandma flew Spitfires.
AUG 08 2019

August Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Make Lace Evening.
SEP 12 2019

September Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Hamish Brown, Topic - Stalking.
OCT 10 2019

October Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Colin Parrish, Topic - Queen Victoria's Daughters.
NOV 14 2019

November Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Ian Head, Topic - History of Money.
DEC 12 2019

December Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Christmas Party.
JAN 09 2020

January Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Make Lace Evening.
FEB 13 2020

February Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Sally Fisher, Topic - Clivenden and the Astors.
MAR 12 2020

March Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Deborah Wheeler, Topic - Mend and Make Do.

Events and Shows

None upcoming

Features

Photographs from our 2016 annual lace day.
Photographs from our exhibition at the Needlework Archive.
Photographs from our exhibition at the 2016 Make-it show.
Demonstrating in Princes Mead.
Demonstrating at the village fete.
Updates on our pillow.


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