Official Newsletter   •   October 1, 2022

Contents in This Month's Issue

Greetings, Lacis friends

We are excited to announce that Saturday, October 22 will be


"We all know what a doily is... A round thing that GRANDMA made... and couldn't stop making. These took hours to make. They were worked in every lace technique from crochet, tatting, knitting, needle lace, bobbin lace and more.
    "In the early 20th century a plethora of pattern books was sold everywhere encouraging the pursuit of this pastime. They served as decorations for the home...put under the flower vase, on the arm of the chair, given as gifts or more often stored in piles on a closet shelf.

"Today we find ourselves inheritors of these wonderful sentimental objects which serve no purpose that we are aware of and somehow obligated to preserve them for another generation.
    "DOILY DAY will provide a new use for these treating them as works of art of sentiment and pride. A unique method of blocking and mounting these, without harming the object will allow them to be hung in a window or on a wall, or simply suspended from the ceiling.
    "The LACIS MUSEUM suspends many of these from the ceilings throughout the year like giant snowflakes.
    "Learn the technique in a few minutes at LACE DOILY DAY. Bring your own favorite doily or we will have many that you can purchase. We will supply, at no charge, the material for the one doily.
    "We will also have samples on hand of different lace techniques to aid you in identifying your doilies, past, present, and future. We also show you some other uses for the doily that you may have not thought of."

—Jules Kliot, Museum Director

Be sure to read more about doilies in this month's Textile Trivia, feast your eyes on some delightful doily specimens Currently on Exhibit in our Museum Shop, and bookmark our Facebook Event page in anticipation of the 22nd! We hope to see you there!

Kea, one of our favorite crocheters, is making this doily as a present for her sister.

As you can see, it's very nearly complete! However, as sometimes happens, she ran out of this yellow #20 Lizbeth cordonnet thread before reaching the finish line. (Selfishly, we're almost glad she did, because that gave us the chance to peek at her project!)
    Out of a desire to support the people of Ukraine, Kea purchased the vintage pattern from an Etsy seller based in Odessa, DolinaGalinaCrochet — thus, her decision to make the doily in this vibrant yellow color. It is hard to know, of course, how best to help a people in a region being torn apart by war some six thousand miles away. Sometimes all an ordinary citizen can do is make a gesture of support and solidarity, exercising their creative abilities, to let those people know they are not forgotten. Not many are aware of this, but a doily can be a thing not only of great beauty, but of love.
    As Galina Dolina herself says, "I like to crochet lace doilies. This is my hobby, rewarding and enjoyable... [It is] the best decoration, that creates a unique atmosphere of comfort in your home, and the best present for your family and friends!" We most heartily concur.

Did you know?—The blue in the Ukrainian flag symbolizes the country's picturesque mountain ranges, the vast skies over its fertile grasslands, and its streams of running water, while the yellow stands for wheat, one of its most important crops.

We had SO much fun at the Camron-Stanford House for their first-ever History Day!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tent to say hi, take fun historical costuming selfies, make crafts with doilies, and/or learn how to make Renaissance cord on our lucets...
    And a BIG thank-you to the hardworking organizers and volunteers at the Camron-Stanford House, not to mention all the other Bay Area history groups that participated alongside us! We love being located in such a dynamic and civic-minded region, where our communities are unafraid to boldly explore the past, and in doing so, preserve our unique legacies and the wisdom we've gained for the future! We're already eagerly looking forward to enjoying next year's History Day with you.

And just so you know, all month the Camron-Stanford House will be hosting quite a few spooky special events! Looking for fun, family-friendly Halloween activites in the East Bay? They have you covered.

And The Knitting Bridge Guild came to see our exhibit, The Bird in the Textile Arts.

Jules was simply elated to give a tour to the lovely folks from the Knitting Bridge Guild. Thank you all very much for paying us this visit! Honestly, knitters are the best people. What a great afternoon it was—we so enjoyed having you. Do come again soon!

Some Fascinating Donations:

An Antique Corset, Quilt Top, & Irish Crochet Collar

We were delighted when Ann McClain donated this unique piece of history to the Lacis Museum in August. It's striking because the ties are in the front, rather than on the back of the corset. (It also has a neat little secret pocket.) Since it still had its trademarked name printed on it, we were able to do a little research!


According to The Underpinnings Museum, "Gossard was established as H. W. Gossard Co. in Chicago in 1901, per company history, after its founder Henry Williamson Gossard was inspired by a corset worn at a Paris performance by the actress Sarah Bernhardt. In the 1920s it introduced the then-revolutionary idea of putting corset ties on the front, allowing the wearer to untie them herself. The company advertised extensively under the slogan 'The Gossard Line of Beauty.'"
    Interestingly, there's still a Gossard lingerie company out there ("renowned for our heritage and style")—Vintage Fashion Guild says it the same one. It's a division of Courtauld's now. It seems like they continued to innovate throughout the decades, following (and making) the trends in foundation-wear... and continued to find success!

Barbara Petit's Antique Quilt Top

While out secondhand shopping, Barbara Petit stumbled upon a priceless treasure: an incredible quilt top already pieced together. From the look of its prints, it was an antique. And, as you can see, its Log Cabin design was immaculately planned. Those built-in diagonal stripes create a tremendously dynamic visual effect—like light and shadow.
    All it needed now was some batting, and backing, and some topstitching before it would be ready to cover a bed. Barbara's intention was to take on and finish this work of art, but as it turned out, this quilt would have to wait a little bit longer before seeing completion. (We understand that kind of eventuality all too well!)
    Fate simply had different plans for this magnificent piece of sewing. The skill and artistry of the object, just as it is, deserves attention—and preservation. Some projects are destined to remain forever in a suspended state of development, but there's a certain wabi-sabi perfection in these interludes, too.

Nancy Allmond's Lace Donation

Someone who remembers Lacis's original founder, Kaethe Kliot, very fondly, made a generous donation this past month.
    We're honored that Nancy has entrusted us with this fantastic and intricate Irish crochet lace collar. In fact, it was such a spectacular specimen that we thought it would be perfect to share with you all, given that we have just opened up registration for Máire Treanor's 4-Day Clones Irish Crochet workshop next Spring!
    Máire notes that this piece features "the waterlily motif and three-looped edging, so it was probably made in the Clones area, where these motifs were very popular," making it even more appropriate for marking the occasion.
    This crochet extravaganza is always such a good time, year after year. We'll be so glad to see all the usual faces, and hopefully plenty of new ones, too.

The workshop will be taught, as usual, by the inimitable Máire Treanor. It'll run Wednesday through Saturday, April 5-8, 2023, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The registration fee is $300.00 for all 4 days, or $200.00 for any 2 days, if you prefer.

Some Customer Projects:

An Inspired Blouse, a Rustic Boater Hat

We love it when our talented Lacis visitors are working on a project and show us a photo, or even bring in the project itself! Inspiration abounds in this place, and that's in no small part thanks to you. Read our Customer of the Month section for even more amazing work done by our Lacis friends.

This romantic, cream-colored blouse with tie closures is something of a "Dr. Frankenstein's" creation. Its mastermind, Charlotte Meredith, a pre-med student at Cal, told us it was an improvised mash-up of several patterns. The torso portion is from VikiSews and the sleeves are adapted from McCall's Misses' Tops #8181. Ingenius!
    And how beautifully brilliant are these box pleats?? Commendable work, Charlotte! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Box pleated trims are something we often see decorating Victorian bustles. (Along with ruffles, lace, fringe, ribbon, bows... those Victorians were so extra.) We love seeing it so creatively deployed—and well-executed!—on a contemporary sewist's creation!


And this lovely visitor charmed us with her improvised boater hat! She works in tech, and is always striving to bring creativity and individuality to what might otherwise be a very mundane workplace.

Current Exhibit

The Bird in the Textile Arts

Tours are by appointment only
Opening reception event | Images from the exhibit

Detail from "6 Fighting Birds on a Buddhist Shawl" [12441]

The bird in literature and on canvas has long held its place through all civilizations and all times.
    The bird captured in thread and textiles is more obscure and less defined. Depicted by a single thread, a bountiful palette of threads, a thread following a hook or threads flowing in harmony through the bobbins of lace, the bird is captured by the hands of the creator.
    This amazing presentation captures this spirit from Pre-Columbian Peru to the earliest of laces to a world of unbound wealth of thread, color and needle.

For Katherine Bond of Berkeley, the exhibit was, in her words, "Spectacular!" She was "speechless at the display of time, quality, variety and geography of the works."
    Visitor Virginia Davis was similarly floored, enthusing that it was "totally FABULOUS."
    Paula and Rob Patterson, who came to visit all the way from Colorado, said that, "As birders, we so appreciated this exhibit. Thank you!"
    Lacis Museum member Blair Van Tassel felt the same way: "Beyond amazing details," she agreed.

Currently on Exhibit in the Museum Shop

A Feast of Lace Doilies

These pieces from our collection are terrific examples of a number of different lacemaking techniques! Be sure to check out our display that contains these, and many more gorgeous doily specimens—it'll be in a display case on your left-hand side, almost the first thing you see when you come into the shop.

We're sure this little smattering of lace doilies only served to whet your appetite for the stuff! If you're still hungry for more, you can learn about the history, the fine art, and the hard science of doilies in this month's Textile Trivia!

Currently on Exhibit in the Museum Shop

The Filet Crochet and Shetland Lace Sampler
of Cathy Adair-Clark of Windsor, Colorado

Sections of the Shetland Lace Sampler of Cathy Adair-Clark

This generous donation of decorative textile artworks from Cathy Adair-Clark is a tour de force of talent and devotion to the world of needlework, specifically her world of knitting and Shetland yarns: "I fell in love with Shetland sheep and their fleeces, and that has ruled my life since 2007."
     The magnificent Shetland lace sampler she constructed in 2012 is 8 feet by 6½ feet, comprising 67 different fleeces of yarn, all hand-spun by Cathy herself. We also have her personally compiled tome of sketches available for your perusal, with each motif and its pattern, along with sources and progress reports, all passionately and fastidiously documented.

Recently Sold in Our Etsy Shop

Let's find out where our vintage treasures ended up!

This was one of our all-time favorite pieces in the entire Etsy shop. It was from the 1860s! Probably part of a young lady's wedding trousseau, its every detail was sublime.
    The material, first of all, was the finest, brightest white linen. And second of all, the pin-tucks, handmade filet lace accents, and drawnwork hemstitching on the seams had us swooning. Such handiwork! We were almost sad to say goodbye, but the time had come for this beauty to be enjoyed in new places, by new eyes.

This past month, we also sold this delightful 1940s cotton pinafore apron. We loved its white "Bleeding Hearts" floral motif. The leaves are appliquéd on using the tiniest blanket stitch—they're chambray material, in a blue ombre color.
    This was clearly an apron that was well-loved, and served its purpose: we had to repair one of its ties, and if you looked closely, you'd see the faintest spots and stains here and there. For us, that just adds to the vintage charm and authenticity!

Rebecca left this happy review with us in September: "5 out of 5 stars. I am in love with this beautiful coin purse with vibrant green and beading... Although there is a Victorian flare to this dainty beauty... I will be displaying it on my civil war Chatelaine that will certainly be a conversation piece!!!! I'm so happy to have it!!!!"
    We were very glad to send it to you, Rebecca! We love it when our special pieces go to new homes where they'll be so appreciated.

Julie Trinkala became a Lacis Museum member over Etsy! She left us a touching message:
    "I have frequented Lacis as a customer ever since JoAnn Stabb included Lacis on a class field trip when I was a UC Davis student. Proud to be a card-carrying museum member after all these decades. Thank you for all you do to preserve textiles, teach and share knowledge."

    Your continued support means so much to us, Julie. And we so deeply appreciate you sharing this precious memory of Professor Stabb! For those of you who might not know, JoAnn Stabb started UC Davis's design collection. In fact it's called The Jo Ann C. Stabb Design Collection in her honor, and now "consists of over 5,000 items ranging from the 16th Century to present day. The majority of the objects are ethnic and endangered textiles and costumes from around the world that are used to enhance the teaching and research activities of the Department of Design. The collection is comprised of textiles and fashion, basketry, porcelain and glass, furniture and architectural drawings."
    Said design professor Susan Taber Avila: "[Stabb] captured the zeitgeist of the wearable art movement and brought that creativity into her teaching. She understood and championed the value of studying actual textiles and artifacts." No wonder she so loved Lacis, and brought her students here: our mission and philosophies align.

Historical Textile Trivia

"Fiber enthusiasts have lost a fellow knitter with the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II,"

noted Interweave Magazine. There are a number of photographs of her knitting for the war effort with her sister, Margaret, in 1940. (This was common practice in America, too.)
    As the war wore on, knitting socks for troops seemed insufficient. It's said that Princess Elizabeth insisted on making a more demanding contribution. In March 1945, she began her training as a mechanic and driver with the ATS (the Auxiliary Territorial Service, effectively the women's branch of the British Army). As the story goes, her family conceded to her wishes; her father, King George, even "made sure that his daughter was not given a special rank in the Army," said historian Vikki Hawkins.
    We'll not soon forget the image of a woman who did what she could, when she could, in her time. She could make garments from scratch—she could fix a motor. She could serve her country in a time of crisis. Now that country—and the world—mourns her loss.

Some Doily Trivia

First, origins and etymology.

Some of the first references to the word "doily" refer to the lightweight wool material sold by an apparently successful London draper by the name of Doiley:
     In John Dryden's play (and "his most abject failure") Mr. Limberham, or The Kind Keeper, from 1677-1678 (and the "keeping" in question refers to "kept women"), he mentions having "Doily Petticoats and Mantos" (whatever "mantos" are). So here, "doily" refers to clothing material.
     But Jonathan Swift, in his posthumously published book Journals to Stella, which was written in the early 1710-1720s, mentions doilies in terms of table linens: "After dinner we had coarse Doily-napkins, fringed at each end, upon the table to drink with."
     This makes sense, then, as the BBC's magazine Homes and Antiques says "Doily," a linen merchant family, "made fringed napkins in the 1700s. From 1711 a doily was a small ornamental napkin used at dessert." Thus, the notion of doily as a material for clothing has disappeared, totally eclipsed by the useful and decorative table linen.

The fine art of doilies.

The math & science of doilies.

New Favorite Products & Publications at Lacis

Our staff picks their favorite fresh titles & tools

Don't forget, Lacis Museum Members receive 20% off of books purchased in our Museum shop

The Ultimate All-Around Stitch Dictionary
Wendy Bernard

HA70   $30

Surely this is the knitting stitch dictionary to end all knitting stitch dictionaries.

A work of unparalleled beauty, and clarity, and all-around quality. Because "all around" is the mantra it was written by: using it as your guide, you can work each stitch from the top down, from the bottom up, and all around. There are 300 stitches in this relatively lightweight, compact book! (It's a deliciously flexible softback, and the pages are sturdy, with glossy color photos, easy-to-read charts—so attractive.) You know how much we love a great reference book here. Each chapter is marked on the margins by its specific color code, and we're talking about chapters like: "Knits and Purls." "Ribs." "Twisted and Textured, Slipped and Fancy." Cables. Lace. Mosaics and Colorwork. Hems and Edgings. All gorgeous.
    Knitters, you need this.

Lotta Jansdotter's
Everyday Patterns:
Easy-Sew Piece to Mix and Match

HA68   $30

"A guide to creating a flexible 7-piece wardrobe with modern Scandinavian style. Includes patterns."

Are you the type to scour through Elle Decor, Real Simple, Lucky, Domino, and/or O Magazine? If so, you may have seen Lotta Jansdotter's work already—her creations have appeared in everything from fabric, rugs, bedding, and dishes to luggage and paper goods.
    Lotta grew up in Åland, "a small group of islands steeped in artisan traditions, located in an archipelago between Sweden and Finland." (It's an autonomous region of Finland.) Her childhood there sounds like something out of a romantic crafter's dream. Lotta was raised by "independent, strong-willed doers and makers," she says. "My grandmother Sylvia made clothes for all five of her children, using old linen sugar bags and local textiles. My father was a fisherman and smoked herring in the shed next to our home. My sister in law, Agnetha, threw her own ceramic pots, and then there was my grandfather Erik, a strong artistic spirit who was a farmer but mostly wanted to paint landscapes and play his beloved accordion." Lotta and her talented, self-sufficient family sound like our favorite kind of people—creative and resourceful!
    "Everyday Patterns" is a great introduction to Scandi-style fashion (although Lotta clearly draws much inspiration from her far-flung international travels), and it's a fun read for sewists and the design-inclined, even if you don't end up making all the clothes in it.

Emily Nicolaides's
Amazing Circular Weaving
Little Loom Techniques, Patterns, & Projects for Complete Beginners

HA69   $20

Since the time of Plato, there has been debate about whether perfect circles can exist in nature.

But thumb through this fun crafting book, and we think you'll find that they do! To create your own circular weaving loom, you can repurpose an embroidery hoop—or try out steel macrame rings, or adapt a Teneriffe lace grid. The possibilities are endless. Just like the philosophical-mathematical debate about circles.

Customer of the Month

Ting Ying Han's

Flowing Spaces

Artist Ting Ying Han's colossal textile piece, "Flowing Spaces," recreates the floor plan of her childhood home in Taiwan to 1:1 (?) scale, on a near-vertical axis. The traces of its construction—doors, halls, walls—are sketched out roughly, in suggestive, rhythmic white marks. Looking closely we can follow, too, the paths habitually taken by small, anxious feet. Meanwhile, the silk of shifting shades of blue upon which these white lines are emblazoned billows upward and back, like the massive, ephemeral sails of a ghost ship.
    Han's deeply expressive, "gestural mark-making between each space of the floorplan represents her desire to connect, fear of conflict, and hopes of a reunion with her family."
    The results, we have to say, are profoundly affecting.

In building this piece, Han employed a cyanotype printing technique — just like with real blueprints — on a surface of silk crepeline. She sourced yards upon yards of it from our shop, and we're so pleased the results turned out vibrantly as they did. Crepeline is a French silk organdy — it's so fine and loosely woven that it's a favorite of conservationists as a backing support for fragile textiles, and even when used on top of a surface, it can become almost invisible. And of course, being 100% silk, it dyes exceptionally well.
    Flowing Spaces is currently on display at the Kala Institute's Forever Was Never Till Now exhibition. (The exhibition's evocative title comes from the e. e. cummings poem if everything happens that can't be done.) You can see it at the Kala Art Gallery at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley — it's open Wednesday to Friday, 12-5pm.


Ting Ying Han was born in Taipei, Taiwan. An artist and sculptor based in Los Angeles, she's currently a Fellow at the Kala Art Institute here in Berkeley, and has holds an M.F.A. in Fine Art from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. To see her work behind the scenes, follow her on Instagram: she's @ting_ying_han_studio.

Classes at Lacis

There are so many things to learn at Lacis!

Interested in taking a class? You can drop off your completed registration form in person during business hours, email it to us, or simply give us a call to enroll!

Upcoming Classes

         Two-Session Mid-Victorian Dress Workshop
         with Catherine Scholar

         Saturday, Oct. 8 & Oct. 22 — 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM
           $175 fee (Optional Lab Class on Sunday, Oct. 23 for an additional $85)

Come make a mid-Victorian gown from 1830 to 1865 to wear to Victorian balls, Civil War reenactments, Victorian Holiday Fairs, or any occasion you desire. You will start with a Truly Victorian bodice pattern of your choice and augment it with authentic 19th-century dressmaking techniques to make a custom gown just for you! This class will cover measurements, pattern adjustments, fitting, making a skirt without a pattern, period sewing techniques, trimming, boning, hand finishing, and much more.
     In the first session, you will cover a brief overview of the styles worn in the era. You will take measurements, trace off the correct pattern pieces, and then make and fit mockups. You will then move on to cutting and constructing your bodice and finish the day by adding boning.
    In the second session, you will concentrate on closures and facings and then make and attach the skirts. This year we will offer an Optional Lab session (10/23). In this session, you will work under the guidance of the instructor to apply the finishing touches on your garment.
     Prerequisites: Students must know how to use a sewing machine.

         Beginning Tatting
         with Kevin Baum

         Saturday, October 15, 2022 — 12:30 PM to 4 PM

Have you admired tatting and wondered if you could be able to tat? Only a few stitches need to be mastered in order to create beautiful tatted works of art. This beginner class will get you on track for shuttle tatting by teaching you the tools and techniques.
     You will concentrate on learning the double stitch, which all shuttle tatting is based on. Once the double stitch has been mastered, will learn to make rings and picots. The goal of these classes is to create, with practice, a simple edging of connected rings and picots.

         Nautilus Cockade
         with Patrice Krems

         Saturday, November 5, 2022 — 12:30 PM to 5 PM
           $55 + $20 kit fee (payable to instructor)

The Nautilus Cockade is a perennial favorite at Lacis. In this class, you learn how to transform flat ribbons into three-dimensional nautilus shells that can be varied in countless different ways, limited only by your imagination. You may be most familiar with cockades on military hats and cloche hats and dresses from the 1920s. But in this class, you will learn how to make a vintage-style Nautilus Shell Cockade and give it a modern twist. You will also learn how to make a beaded tassel as well as add a beaded picot edging to your Nautilus Cockade.
    The Nautilus Cockade can be used as a pocket to hold your notions on a chatelaine, turned into a brooch, or used as a millinery flower on a new or vintage hat. And just in time for the upcoming holidays, this favor makes a spectacular gift for a loved one or a stunning ornament for your Christmas tree!

         A Tatted Snowflake
         with Kevin Baum

         Saturday, November 19, 2022 — 12:30 PM to 4 PM

Come celebrate the holidays with this festive tatting class designed for past students of Kevin's Beginning Tatting Classes. Elevate your tatting skills to create an heirloom tatted Snowflake!
     Hang them on Christmas tree branches on wreaths during the holiday season. Use them to dress up holiday packages or table centerpieces. Or frame these works of art and give them to friends and family!
    Prerequisites: Students will need to know the shuttle tatting basics: namely, the double stitch and how to create and connect rings and picots. Under Kevin's guidance, students will begin their holiday projects. Students will choose one from several snowflakes, from easy to advanced. Finishing and blocking your finished snowflake will be discussed.

         Clones Irish Crochet: A 4-Day Workshop
         with Máire Treanor

         Wednesday-Saturday, April 5-8, 2023 — 10 AM to 5 PM
           $300.00 for all 4 days (or $200.00 for any 2 days)

Máire is excited to return to Lacis once again!
     Lacis is once again pleased to announce the return of Máire Treanor, master of Irish Crochet, for a 4-day in-person workshop of Clones Irish Crochet.
     In the first two days, newcomers will work on Clones lace jewelry, learning the basic stitches of Irish Clones lace, before progressing to traditional motifs of wild rose, shamrocks, vine leaves, grapes, and other motifs familiar in Irish Crochet, which use packing cord, as well as the unique Clones knot filling stitch and edging. Returning students can bring a project on which they have been working, getting advice and help on finishing it.
     Students will discuss how to read antique Irish Crochet patterns and the international charts used in Ukrainian, Russian and Japanese books, with samples of garments in Modern Irish Crochet.
     Prerequisites: For this captivating workshop series, students should be familiar with the basic crochet stitches of chain, single crochet, and double crochet in yarn. During this special workshop, Máire encourages students to work at their own pace, with individual help and encouragement.

Last Month's Classes

         Hinge Gate Purse
         with Lynn McMasters



Textile Arts Calendar

What to Watch, See, & Do

In honor of the spooky season, our favorite historic Victorian in Oakland, The Camron-Stanford House, is holding a couple of very special events that our fellow Halloween-lovers won't want to miss!


Sunday, October 30th, 2022: The Haunted Garden Halloween Party
Dress up and convene in the beautiful lakeside haunted garden for plenty of family-friendly spooky fun! Compete in spirited lawn games — exercise your creativity with Halloween crafts — enjoy music and exploring haunted museum rooms...! Bring your own ghastly picnic, or buy snacks there!


Opens October 2nd, 2022: Ghoulish & Ghastly
"Did you know that some of our favorite creepy creatures, including Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Kraken were popularized during the Victorian era? What if we told you that the true crime podcasts you love today would have been just as loved in the 19th century? Explore how societal changes, including Scientific Progress, access to affordable printing, and religious exploration contributed to popularization of the gothic horror genre, and the rise of monsters—both real and fictional—in 19th century popular culture."


Opens October 2nd, 2022: Murder in Old Oakland: A Victorian Who Dunnit
"It is October 11, 1890. Virgil Hammer, the wealthiest man in Oakland, is found dead on his estate grounds. Amateur sleuth Franklina Gray Bartlett, and her mustachioed sidekick/husband William, believe they've discovered the culprit. At a memorial reception in their home, Hammers family, friends, and associates gather to honor the departed. The real objective? Exposing the murderer. Can you identify who did it before the culprit strikes again?"


Tuesday, October 4th, 10th, & 25th: Needle Lace Monarch Butterfly
This class is for continuing beginners and up—some experience with basic needle lace stitches and techniques is required. Lacemaker Loretta Holzberger will teach you to make a little freestanding butterfly with wired edges. "The finished butterfly could be used as a pin by adding findings. This is a very basic needle lace, learn to couch the outline, make stitches and finish. Single buttonhole, corded buttonhole and double buttonhole stitches are used."


Monday, October 3: Dorset Spiral and Basketweave Buttons
This class is intended for intermediate students, who have some experience making traditional Dorset Cartwheel buttons.
    Anna McDowell will teach you to make this variation: "Spirals can lead you to a number of different combinations of design; using beads and different colored threads can all be incorporated into the design. Both Spirals and Basketweave rely on working over single and double 'lays' or spokes and to lose count of the combination that you are trying to achieve is easy! But once mastered, the Spiral and Basketweave designs can be used in a number of ways to achieve a wonderful, complicated effect."


Sat. & Sun., October 1st & 2nd, 2022: The 36th Annual Lambtown Festival
    In beautiful Northern Solano County sits Dixon, an important hub for grain alfalfa and dairy farming. At last, all you crocheters, knitters, dyers, spinners, needle felters, and other fiber arts enthusiasts will once again be able to convene for its lively sheep festival!

    You might remember Siobhan Harlakenden and her adventures with the lucet from last December's newsletter—among the many amazing workshops offered, she'll be teaching the art of distaff spinning!


Saturday, October 8th, 2022: Hand-sewing Workshop. Learn basic handsewing stitches, as well as some helpful techniques, tricks, and tools for successful stitching.
    Let's face it—sewing by hand can be a bit scary! Whether you want to make an entire dress by hand, or simply hand-sew your next hem, there are tools and techniques that can make the process less intimidating and help you achieve results you can be proud of. This class will demystify some of the basic issues around hand-stitching, and teach you several fundamental and versatile stitches.
    Whether you've been sewing for years, or have never threaded a needle before, Hand-sewing 101 is the perfect class to help you feel more comfortable with the process of stitching without a machine. A handsewing kit is included in the ticket price. (Teacher: Natalie Wiener.)


Saturday, October 15th, 2022: An Evening at the Witcher School at Davenriche European Martial Arts School in Santa Clara!
    Come dressed as a Witcher (as in the Netflix TV series, based on Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels), a monster, a Sorceress or a Mage, or in any style of Renaissance, Medieval, Viking, or fantasy dress. Eat delicious, hearty fare from Peasant Pies. Take an "Introduction to Stage Combat" class! This promises to be an exciting and magical night.


Saturday, October 15nd, 2022: Culture through Cloth: Hmong Textiles & Fashion. A lecture with Pachia Lucy Vang.
    A Design graduate student at UC Davis, Pachia has lived and traveled in Southeast Asia and China to research the textile traditions of different Hmong/Miao groups throughout the diaspora. Read about her work, and watch some videos on YouTube about Hmong needlework techniques and the history of their textile craft.


October 16, 2022: Learn about bound buttonholes and hand-picked zippers with Jennifer Serr of The Sewing Room Alameda! At this online meetup, Jennifer will be demonstrating how to do these sewing techniques. These are lovely details to add to your sewing repertoire, so don't miss it!


October 16, 2022: Carol McFadzean will present Mrs. Treadwin: A Legacy of Importance. McFadzean wrote the definitive book on the marvelous Mrs. Treadwin of Devon, Victorian Lacemaker, Designer, and Historian! Herself from Devon, McFadzean is the national authority on this specialised subject, according to the Devon Museums Group.
    To prepare yourself for what promises to be a riveting discussion, we recommend you listen to this fascinating BBC Radio Devon interview with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery about 19th-century lacemaker and entrepreneur Charlotte Treadwin! (The RAMM has her fabulous lace album online! Flip through it, and be amazed.)

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About Us

The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We are a unique legacy museum located in Berkeley, California. We host a wide range of hands-on workshops, several galleries of rotating exhibits, and our Museum Shop carries an extensive supply of vintage goods, craft- and costume-related books, and needlework supplies.
     Our purpose is to:

  •   Preserve lace and textiles of all cultures from all periods
  •   Provide a resource center for research and documentation of these objects
  •   Educate and disseminate knowledge of lace and textiles

We appreciate your patronage!

     For just $25.00, you can become an official, card-carrying Lacis Museum Member for a year—and enjoy exclusive benefits! Get your membership via our Etsy shop, or alternatively, contact us in a number of other ways to join this vitally important circle of Lacis friends. We thank you for your support!

  •   10% discount at our Etsy shop for purchases over $50
  •   20% off books purchased at the Lacis Museum shop
  •   Free museum admission for you and up to (4) guests
  •   Special invitation to show openings
  •   Class discounts

A Message from Our Director

In these last days of September we are submersed in what we cannot control, witnessing the devastation from hurricane IAN, far beyond our own fantasies and compensation.
     This happening during the holiday of Rosh Hashanah which commemorates the creation of the world, can only reinforce the delicate balance of a life cycle from which we cannot escape.
     The Museum, as part of this cycle, can only preserve and share the things we create, beyond our own frailty.

     —Jules Kliot, Director

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The Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles
2982 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703