Leap into Spring
Exhibition at the Bear Steps Gallery, March 2014
Here is a selection of the beautiful lace on show.

                                                                                    Press Release



Shrewsbury Lacemakers are holding an exhibition of members’ work in the Bear Steps Gallery, Fish Street, Shrewsbury between 10th and 22nd March 2014; between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday. Shrewsbury Lacemakers are a local non-profitmaking group who meet monthly to produce examples of all types of handmade lace many of which are of historical significance. The exhibition will show the wealth of work produced by the group and showcase the age-old skills which can be practised today. 

“Visitors to the exhibition can find out more about different types of lace, and the theme of Spring will be a key part of the exhibition, demonstrating modern interpretations of this ancient craft. Our members have been busy making everything connected to Spring; under the general topics of Insects & Butterflies; Foliage and Flowers; Small Mammals (Rabbits, mice, hedgehogs, frogs and snakes for example!); New Life ( Eggs, baby chicks and lambs); and dress (collars; handerkerchiefs;  hats with trimmings and so on).

People will be able to see live demonstrations of the various types of lacemaking and to try out the main steps in bobbin lace making. New members are always welcome to join Shrewsbury Lacemakers, and we hold monthly meetings at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Bayston Hill near Shrewsbury; where they can learn new skills, with no previous experience necessary. Members enjoy professional tuition, and we have a comprehensive library of books, videos and DVDs and patterns for people to learn the basics of this interesting craft. You will receive a warm, friendly welcome.

Shrewsbury Lacemakers would really like to encourage people of all ages to take a look at making lace items. People can start at Novice Level learning basic stitches, with patterns provided. Starter Kits are available and members can progress to Intermediate Level making a variety of patterns. English and Continental Laces taught. We have an extensive library of all types of laces to allow your own choice of design. People can make Bruges Lace; and the popular Milanese Lace, as well as Russian and French lace. The Bear Steps Exhibition will inform people how to join a group, how to find out about the importance of lace in historical times, and how to use lacemaking in art”.

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