|The threads from the bobbins in our logo depict the loop of the River Severn which
virtually encircles Shrewsbury town centre.
Shrewsbury Lacemakers’ Group was started in 1981 by Lucy Castle and was originally held on alternate Saturdays and Tuesday evenings, with Rita Acton as our tutor. One of our original suppliers was Mrs Joan Kelly – known for her lovely Torchon patterns.
Joan Ladell worked a large appliqued and embroidered banner for the new group.
| We now meet monthly
on the second Saturday in the month (except for February and May when the Saturday varies) at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall|
We have demonstrated lace making at stately homes, churches, castles, libraries, working museums, W I meetings, fairs and fetes.
In Shawbury Church
In Oswestry Library
At the opening of Battlefield 1403
At Woore Women's Institute
At Bicton WI
At Leaton WI
Lucy Castle with Martin Wood and the jabot.
Our group projects have included making a lace jabot for our Town Crier (Oct 92) and making a tablecloth to raffle in aid of the local air ambulance (March 01), raising £1000.
recently, in 2015 the group was asked by Christine Holmes, High Sheriff
of Shropshire in Nomination for 2016, to create a pair of cuffs
and a length of matching lace to make into a collar for her court
dress. Christine is committed to encouraging the use of
Shropshire made work to promote the county and it's many talents.|
The lace is Torchon and designed by Meg Lawrence. A number of lacemakers were involved, the pillow for the collar length was passed from person to person until it was long enough.
|Christine was very interested in the making of the lace and visited our August 2015 meeting to see the work in progress.|
The completed work was presented in a box especially made by Meg Lawrence, the presentation was made by Sonia Oulton and Meg in December 2015.
Christine Holmes with lacemakers who made her lace at the December presentation.
See the page Lace for the Sheriff for a picture of the finished dress and report on the Declaration.
|Three of our members designed and made an entry for the Battle of Shrewsbury Design Competition and won a Bronze Award for their design.|
Members demonstrated their skills in
The Quarry Park,
Shrewsbury at The Great Victorian Picnic in June 2011.
|And a line up of the usual suspects demonstrated their skills at the Maws Craft Centre celebrating the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site in September 2011.|
the Lace Guild Convention in April 2013 Chairman Jacqui Tinch presented
the Joyce Symes Trophy for the best group entry to our Vice Chair
Jacqui said the judges had been unanimous in their decision and were impressed by the variety of lace included in the display.
The theme was 'Lace to Wear'.
Members demonstrated at Sunnycroft, a National Trust property, in May 2013 along with other craft groups and have so far returned every year. The pillows for visitors to try their hand at lace are always popular and we frequently gain new members.
This is Weston under Redcastle Village Show in 2016.
We regularly arrange workshops for members with specialist tutors. These pictures are from Needlelace Workshops with Anne Weston of 'Needlepaws'.
In August 2016 Rosemary Green led an Owl Workshop.
Our current membership is 50 and rising, many of whom are also members of the Lace Guild. Members also belong to many other lace and crafts groups both locally and nationally.See the Exhibition pages for pictures from our Bear Steps Gallery exhibitions in 2012 and 2014.