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Our favorite resources

We call it "falling down the rabbit hole."
      The internet is full of people to meet and places to explore. For your inspiration, we've compiled a special index of our favorite destinations—virtual and in-person. Consider this a mini-travel guide touching on textile and visual art, museums, and other educational, community-enriching spaces around the East Bay Area.

Museums    •   Textile education    •   Textile Care    •   Mending    •   Sewing Machine Repair    •   Local communities and resources    •   Vintage and antique markets    •   Shop local    •   What to eat


The Lace Museum of Sunnyvale, California

THE DeYOUNG MUSEUM of San Francisco

The Legion of Honor, San Francisco

SFMOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Oakland Museum of California

BAMPFA, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Aftelier Perfume's Aftel Archive of Curious Scents (open Saturday)

The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley (open Wednesday through Sunday)

The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland (now open on weekends)

Textile Education

Needle Arts with Vision Loss: Textile arts can be accessible for all with adaptive techniques!

Historical Costuming Resources (currently only Regency era): Help us build this resource!

SFSNAD: the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design has excellent classes and lecture events

The Sewing Room Alameda: Enjoy in-person and virtual classes

Little Bird Studio: One-on-one in-person lessons, virtual classes for larger groups

Foundations Revealed: a supportive dressmaker and corsetry community resource

Ravelry: An enormous online community of crocheters, knitters, and fiber artists, and a marketplace for their patterns & ideas

Textile Arts Council: A support group of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Lulu's Sewing Patterns & Guides for Historical Clothing & Costumes: This link was suggested for inclusion here by Katie, a local Girl Scout who found it helpful when working on her Textile Artist Badge!

The Association of Dress Historians: A non-profit educational charity organization from England/Wales that supports and promotes the study and professional practice of the history of dress, textiles, and accessories of all cultures and regions of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute: Their resources on "Taking Care" breaks down how you should be storing/handling your precious antiques and vintage items! Scroll down to the "Textiles" subsection—there's a LOT of valuable information

All About Basket-Weaving: This is a great introduction to the craft of basket-weaving written by NYC-based florist Ava Rose. It was suggested for inclusion on this page by Jess, a passionate student of the textile arts (mainly weaving). Her grandmother has been imparting many decades' of valuable textile arts wisdom to her for many years!

Textile Research Center - Leiden, the Netherlands: This is an online incredible resource for anyone hunting for obscure information! "The two main focal points of the TRC are (a) dress and identity: what people wear in order to say who they are and (b) textile technology, both pre-industrial and industrial, as well as items such as sewing, lace making and embroidery." We can only imagine how cool this place would be in real life...!!

Lace Assessment Project — Shetland Museum & Archives: An archive of two years' exploration (2018-2020) into the cultural legacy of knitted lace at the Shetland Museum UK.

Textile Care

Invisible Reweaver, Mrs. Huyen Hua: Based in San Jose, the miracle-worker Mrs. Hua can mend a wool tartan fabric using the original fibers and exactly according to the original weave. You won't even be able to tell it was damaged in the first place

Karen Tierney: Specialist in textile restoration, bridal fashions, costuming & alterations

Peninou French Laundry & Cleaners: The oldest continuously operating French Laundry in the United States is located right across the water in San Francisco

Ideal Cleaners: Located in Downtown Oakland, on 14th St. between Webster and Harrison

Margaret's Cleaners: Specializing in luxury goods, like shoes and purses, and couture clothing — with pickup and delivery services


Conservation for Defense Booklet: A stitch in time saves nine! Learn useful stitches and how to use a darning egg (page 10)

A Beginner's Guide to Mending Your Clothing: "Mending clothes is a beautiful, meditative way to extend the life of your clothing, and it makes a powerful statement about your values." A lovely introduction into the world of mending

Visible Mending Ideas That Give Worn Clothing New Life: "Patch up your clothes quickly with these creative sewing methods," from Martha Stewart

Timeless Tips and Techniques for Mending: Piecework Magazine's very good illustrated guide to mending

Simple Fixes and Mending Techniques: Thread Magazine's equally useful illustrated guide to mending

Sewing Machine Repair Shops

Berkeley Vacuum & Sewing Center: Our friendly neighborhood sewing machine shop

Dublin Sewing Center: They'd been in business for over 40 years!

The Sewing Machine Shop: Located in Walnut Creek, with an extensive showroom and highly-rated service

Local communities, lace resources, etc.

GBACG, the Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild

The Art Deco Society of California, est. 1981

PEERS, Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society, Inc.

The Vintage Fashion Guild, an online resource for connoisseurs, collectors

DFZ, the Doily Free Zone Contemporary Lace Symposium

IOLI, the International Organization of Lace, Inc.

LACE FOR iPHONE, a reference tool for identifying lace

BERKELEY ART STUDIO is open to not only UC Berkeley students and staff, but the entire community

Vintage, antiques, & secondhand shopping

The French Market Marin, an outdoor antiques fair, convenes on the second Sunday of each month

Alameda Point Antiques Fair, a similar event, convenes on the first Sunday of each month

Black Swan Antiques, formerly our neighbor around the corner, has a plethora of one-of-a-kind treasures from the past—something for everyone! Check them out on Instagram: they're @BlackSwanOnline

Addison Antiques likewise maintains a fabulously-curated collection of vintage and antique delights, just down Telegraph Ave.

Jack's Antiques, right across the street from Lacis, is always worth a visit, if you're an aesthete or antique-lover

Antiques and Modern, also across the street from Lacis, carries a stunning selection of those sleek, atomic-era teak wood furnishings that make our hearts beat faster

Denise Brain Vintage Fashion: top-drawer women's vintage fashion since 1999, and lots of useful information

Shop Local

Our frequent visitors often include talented independent craftspeople, small-business owners, and innovative entrepreneurs.
      We would love to share their work with you all.

Mari Roza is a truly incredible fashion design label developed by Rose Eldemir. We urge you to explore her limited-production line that incorporates vintage linens with natural fabrics (soft and breathable), timeless silhouettes (comfortable and flattering), expert finishing techniques (for the highest quality garment)... It's named in honor of Rose's grandmother, who was a seamstress par excellence

Mannequin Madness is the be-all, end-all of dress form/mannequin resources, right here in Oakland

Mixed Pickles Antiques has curiosities and collectibles, clothing and furniture! Visit them on 6395 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Cloche Call Designs is operated by milliner Cybele Baker; she makes fine ladies' hats

Jennifer Osner is a purveyor of fine antique textiles

Spidora of San Francisco is a seamstress and designer specializing in vintage silhouettes, custom clothing, made-to-measure, alterations & repairs

Dianne Ayres does contemporary production of Arts & Crafts textiles—perfect for your historic home

Baba Yaga's vintage and upcycled boutique is a must-see. Carefully curated and brilliantly altered items will take your breath away

Baby Cats California designs and creates unique garments (for babies)—using fabric hand-printed in their studios in Oakland, CA—as well as gorgeous accessories (for everyone). We are big fans of their stickers and tote bags!!

Stoll Custom Framing has experience framing and preserving fragile & antique textile pieces!

What to Eat Around Lacis

Planning a day trip to the museum, and want to figure out in advance what's good to eat in our vicinity?
     This is Berkeley! You're spoiled for options. (If you're traveling by car, you can also check out VisitBerkeley.com; we're only listing establishments that are within easy walking distance from our location.)

Zing! Cafe serves sandwiches, salads and pastries, is open until 4:30PM and has a beautiful brick patio, shady with gigantic umbrellas & growing increasingly lush with plants every day

ADA Cafe serves delicious sandwiches, coffee and pastries, is open until 5PM, and is extremely accessible. It's located in the Ed Roberts Campus building, above the Ashby BART station and across the street from its parking lot.

Crixa Cakes is a Russian bakery about ten minutes' walk from Lacis (closed Mon., Tues., Sun.; open til 3PM)

Sweet Adeline is the perfect place to grab a treat (those mouthwatering pastries and cakes...!!!) of the BEST quality, baked in-house (closed Mon./Tues.; open til 3PM)

Berkeley Bowl has temporarily shut their cafeteria area, but they're still a legendary grocery store!

Cafe Buenos Aires: a warm, inclusive atmosphere, incredible empanadas & pastries—including beignets! They also have beer and wine

Ashby Super Market: This little market isn't just on the corner, it's the cornerstone of a community. The vibe is great, the selection top-notch

Queen of Sheba "Markit": Nothing beats a good bodega. There are two Queen of Sheba shops in Berkeley/Oakland, so "mark it" well! This one is at the southwest corner of Adeline and Ashby

Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant & Café: named after a handwoven Ethiopian basket for injera (sourdough flatbread)! Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony! Opens at noon & closed on Tuesdays

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