Preston Lacemakers are a friendly group of people who meet to share their enthusiasm and enjoyment in the art and craft of lace, in all its variations. Our group includes young and old and beginners to experienced. Throughout the year we have talks about and workshops in both lace and other craft techniques. We also promote lace through exhibitions and giving demonstrations.
For more information, click on 'What you need to know...' below or contact Christine Keber on telephone 01772 339913 or by email:

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Next Meeting: 3 January 2015

Thank you to all for an enjoyable Christmas Party.  Once again the food was delicious and we had great fun playing the games.

Our next meeting is an open meeting on Saturday 3 January, very soon after the New Year.  The secretary will be taking motions for the AGM and nominations for the committee and other posts within Preston Lacemakers.  This will be your last chance to put any motions to the AGM but the open meeting afterwards will consider any other business on the day.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a happy, peaceful and healthy New Year.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Christmas Party 6 December 2014

Our next meeting is the Christmas Party.  Remember to bring some food for the Jacob's Join, your own crockery, cutlery, glass, cup and, if you want to be sure of a cold drink, something to drink.  Tea and coffee will be available as usual.  Remember to bring a gift to the value of £5.00.

Thanks to Dianne Derbyshire for teaching us how to make Chinese Lanterns at the last meeting.  All those taking part thoroughly enjoyed the session, some making more than one lantern.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Next Meeting: 1 November 2014 Chinese Lanterns Workshop with Dianne Derbyshire

Thanks to Alison Fleming for a fascinating talk in October on porcelain dolls and for bringing an excellent range of her beautiful work for members to see.

At our meeting on 1 November 2014, we shall have a workshop making Chinese Lanterns with Dianne Derbyshire.  All you will need are scissors.  You can see photos of the lanterns on our workshops page here.

Happy lacemaking!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Next Meeting 11 October - NOTE DATE, A WEEK LATER THAN USUAL

Thanks to all those members who brought contributions to the members display - something tangible. It was inspirational, with wonderful ideas and beautifully crafted lace.

Our next meeting takes place on 11 October, the second Saturday of the month.  The church wanted the hall on the 4 October, our usual meeting date, for the Penwortham Autumn Show.  This is the first time that Penwortham have held the show, so it would be great if people could pop along.

Alison Fleming will give a talk, exhibition and demonstration about porcelain and miniature dolls, starting at 13:30.  Non-members are welcome to join us as visitors, cost £1.00.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Next Meeting: 6 September 2014 - Members Work Display and 10% sales table

Thank you to Jacqui Southworth for an excellent workshop on bobbin painting and for bringing her supplies last month.  Our next meeting takes place on Saturday 6 September and members are asked to bring examples of their work depicting something tangible, such as a bird, butterfly, person etc. for the members' work display.  The 10% sales table will also be open, so bring anything you want to sell and your purses for anything you want to buy :-).  Non-members are welcome to come along as a visitor, meet us, see what we do and have a go at lacemaking.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Next Meeting: Saturday 5 July Members' Work Display - Coloured Lace

Many thanks to Kathryn Thomson for an enjoyable and productive Yubinuki (Japanese Ring Thimbles) workshop last month.
Our next meeting takes place on Saturday, 5 July, when our members are asked to bring pieces of coloured lace for our Members' Work Display.  We shall also have the 10% sales display table.
Anyone interested in making lace is welcome to join us.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Penwortham Autumn Show 4 October 2014

Members will remember that we have postponed our October meeting by one week from 4 October to 11 October because the United Reformed Church in Penwortham, where we meet, will be hosting the first Penwortham Autumn Show on 4 October.  Details about the show can be found at  The autumn show's facebook site also promises to list all the categories in which you could enter your work, so look out for a class or classes that suit you.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Next Meeting 7 June 2014 - Japanese Ring Thimbles (Yubinuki)

Thanks to all members who contributed to the interesting and impressive exhibition of members' first piece and latest or current piece.  What a lot of beautiful and skilled work!

Our next meeting takes place on 7 June 2014 and Kathryn Thomson will be leading a workshop on Japanese Ring Thimbles - more details can be found here.  The cost for the workshop will be £7.00, plus the cost of the kit from Kathryn, £1.50.  The workshop will start at 10:30 sharp, to enable the thimbles to be completed in the day.

There are a limited number of places to enable Kathryn to give those attending the appropriate amount of time and attention, but places are still available.

If you are interested in joining the group, why not come along and see what we do.  If there are still places available, you might be able to join the Japanese Ring Thimbles workshop.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Next Meeting Saturday 3 May 2014

Thanks to all those members who displayed their favourite pieces at our last meeting.  What a lovely range of lacemaking styles and innovative uses of lace!

Members are encouraged to contribute to our next members' display at the meeting on 3 May.  The theme for this display is my first/early piece and my current/recent piece of lace.  We shall also be holding the 10% stall, so if you have anything you want to buy, or anything to sell, remember to have a look or bring your items.  Ann also announced at the April meeting that Jacqui Southworth will be attending the May meeting, so if you are considering purchasing any lace supplies, you could contact Jacqui before the meeting and see if she can bring them along.

If anyone is interested in making lace, please come along as a visitor.  We have a teacher who is happy to help any beginners.

Leyland Lacemakers: Kitty Mason Course - 6 & 7 August 2014

A local lacemaking group, Leyland Lacemakers, have arranged a course with Kitty Mason to be held on 6 and 7 August at the Baptist Church in Leyland.  Kitty specialises in continental laces, but is happy to teach any lace and beginners are welcome.  Tea and coffee will be provided but you will need to bring your own food.  The cost will be about £35 depending upon the number attending the course.

If you would like more information, contact Kath by email:

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Next Meeting 5 April 2014: My favourite piece

Thanks to all the members for a lovely finger buffet last month at the AGM and to Carol for an interesting and enjoyable talk on Needlelace.

Remember to bring your favourite piece of work to our meeting on 5 April to contribute to the Members Lace Display.  If you can, Barbara would like you to write a short explanation of the reason that the piece is your favourite so that she can display it with your work.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Anna Halikova Workshop on Czech Lace 6 and 7 May 2014

Preston Lacemakers have arranged for Anna Halikova, an internationally famous lacemaker, to lead a workshop on Czech lace in Preston, Lancashire on 6 and 7 May 2014.  If you are interested in attending, the cost to non-members of Preston Lacemakers is £75 for the two days, including refreshments throughout both days and a buffet lunch each day.  More details can be found on our Workshops page or by clicking here.

Monday, 3 February 2014

AGM 1 March 2014

Our AGM will be held at 11.00 am on 1 March.  This will be followed by a finger buffet, so remember to bring some food!  After the finger buffet, at 1.00 pm, Carol Fenlon will give a talk on Needlelace.

This is an important meeting for the group, so we look forward to seeing everyone.  Visitors are welcome throughout the day, but will not be able to vote at the AGM.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

October 2014 Meeting - change of date

Penwortham United Reformed Church, where we meet, has been asked to host the first Penwortham Autumn Show on 4 October 2014, which is the first Saturday in October and, therefore, the day we would normally hold our meeting.  We have, consequently, postponed our October meeting to the second Saturday, 11 October.  The church and the committee are sorry for any inconvenience and would be grateful if you would amend the date in your diaries.  It sounds like there will be a class or classes suitable for lace and other handicrafts, if any members wish to participate in the Autumn Show.

Meeting 1 February 2014

Ann will be running her popular Tambour Lace workshop at this meeting for those who wish to participate.  Please bring along your normal tambour equipment and some beads.  For those who are not learning tambour, we shall have our normal meetings where you will be able to make your own lace, chat to friends and get ideas and advice on current and new projects.  If you are interested in learning a new skill or sharing your current lacemaking skills, come along and meet us.