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 2018

lace day

The North Downs Lacemakers 37th Lace Day was held on the 29th September 2018 at The Yateley Centre.

Our speaker was Fay Maxwell going 'Back to Basics'.

Our suppliers were:-

  • General Supplier - Claires Lace
  • Bobbin maker - Margaret Wall - email. mwallbobbins@btinternet.com
  • Beaker Buttons

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.

OCT 20 2018

Workshop - Silver pin Ann has the pattern

Venue: Hawley Scout Hut, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please contact Ann Day for more details.
NOV 03 2018

Workshop - Hinojosa Lace

Venue: Red Cross Hall, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Claire Allen 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.
NOV 04 2018

Workshop - Beading with Marilyn Rogers

Venue: W.I. Hall, Yateley, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Marilyn Rogers 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.
NOV 24 2018

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.

Meetings

MAY 10 2018

May Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Lillian King, Topic - Linus Project.
JUN 14 2018

June Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Alan Greenhalgh, Topic - Birds of Prey and Falconry.
JUL 12 2018

July Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Julie, Topic - Guide Dogs for the Blind.
AUG 09 2018

August Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Make Lace Evening.
SEP 13 2018

September Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Mary Gamester, Topic - 65 Years of Sewing.
OCT 11 2018

October Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Topic - Let's Celebrate Exhibition DVD.
NOV 08 2018

November Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Maggie Jordan, Topic - Explosion.
DEC 13 2018

December Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Christmas Party.
JAN 10 2019

January Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Make Lace Evening.
FEB 14 2019

February Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - David Rose, Topic - TBC.
MAR 04 2019

March Meeting

Venue: Morgan Centre, Crowthorne, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Speaker - Simon Williams, Topic - TBC.

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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