Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Easter Eggs for Valentine's Day and Lace for Posterity

I've been having fun trying out the patterns in Tatted Easter Eggs and emptying shuttles in the process. The 1st one was a new thread, a quilting thread I bought at Walmart. The second one is also a new thread, one I bought at Greenfield, but I don't remember the name of it. The label led me to believe it is a size 40 but it tats up more like size 30 which is what the yellow butterfly is, Cebelia size 30. Then the 3rd one is Eggplant, a Perfect Quilter thread.

Georgia Seitz is housing the Public Domain Archive. The newest addition is the 1896 Butterick's Tatting & Netting. I have 50+ vintage Needlecraft magazines but they are so oversized, I'm not sure what it would take to copy them. Directions and contact information for contributing can be found here.

Just a reminder about the Lacemaker's Census: the deadline is March 31, 2005.

Worldwide Lacemakers’ Census, 2003 – 2005

The aim of the Census is to produce a snapshot of lace and lacemakers in the first years of the 21st century. Lacemakers and collectors worldwide are invited to submit ONE entry in the form of a ‘lace label’.


Lace may be of any colour, any technique — edging, insertion or motif — stitched to the front and/or edge of a card luggage label. Please do not attach the lace by means of double-sided adhesive tape or by gluing. Other than the addition of beads or raised petals, lace should be 2-dimensional.

The overall dimensions of label plus lace should not exceed 170mm x 110mm (4 3/8 x 6 3/4in) — note lace plus label may be smaller than this size.

The front of the label should feature the maker’s name and general geographical location. Any other relevant information may be written on the reverse of the label.

Collectors of lace, who are not themselves lacemakers, may enter a piece of old lace (hand or machine-made) attached to a label. Please write ‘collector’ on the back of the label along with any other relevant details.

The labels and information will become part of The Lace Guild Collection as an historical archive.

There is no charge for entering. The closing date is 31 March 2005.

Explanatory notes

Labels can be of any colour or shape. Luggage labels of dimensions 60 x120mm (2 3/8 x 4 3/4in) are readily available in the UK. A 25mm wide (1 inch) edging worked around such a label would result in the maximum dimensions specified. Individual ‘fun’ shaped labels may be cut from pieces of plain coloured card.

Lace may be worked to an original or existing design; please consider donating any original designs to be used by The Lace Guild.

Edgings do not need to have corners worked; lace may be gathered around the corners. The label tie, typically approx 26cm, 10 inches, may be any type of cord (eg ends from bobbin lace may be plaited into a cord).

Other relevant information — Lace Guild membership number (if applicable; however please note that the Census is not restricted to Lace Guild members) and could include design source; personal lacemaking history; types of lace made; local group membership; age (especially in the case of Young Lacemakers).

An ongoing update of the Census will be published in Lace over the next two years.

Please send your label with a covering letter including your full name and address and (if you are a Lace Guild member) membership number to:

Lacemakers’ Census,

The Lace Guild,

The Hollies

53 Audnam,


West Midlands, DY8 4AE

United Kingdom


I did order some King Tut thread from SewThankful. We'll see how it compares to Perfect Quilter.


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