SHREWSBURY LACEMAKERS
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 and have Meg Lawrence and Rosemary Green as our tutors.  We have two of our original founding members still with the group. Our members come not just from Shrewsbury, but from the whole of Shropshire and mid Wales.

   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.

More 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.
     At the Lace Guild Convention in April 2013 Chairman Jacqui Tinch presented the Joyce Symes Trophy  for the best group entry to our Vice Chair Sonia Oulton.
     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.

     


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