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:

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Next Meeting Saturday 7 January 2017 Church Meadow Crafts

Thanks to Stephen Watson for an entertaining talk and workshop on Origami, given after another splendid Jacob's Join Christmas lunch on 1 December.  For those members who were unable to attend, you can see details of his work and some videos on his website, or click here.

Our next meeting takes place on Saturday, 7 January 2017, when Church Meadow Crafts will bring lace and other supplies along for members and visitors to purchase in the morning and will give a talk after lunch.  A good opportunity to think about your next project and to purchase any threads, fabric and equipment you will need.

Our AGM takes place at the March meeting.  If you have any items that you wish to add to the AGM agenda, could you please give them to Carol Fenlon, preferably at the 7 January meeting but definitely by the end of January 2017.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful 2017.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Next Meeting: Christmas Party 3 December 2016

Another year has flown by and it is our Christmas Party once again.  Dress up and get ready for some delicious food and fun activities on Saturday 3 December.  Remember to bring some food; plates and bowls; knives, forks and spoons and a wrapped gift to the value of £5.00. Coffee and tea will be available.  If you want a cold drink, bring your preferred drink and a glass.  If you have a nice prize for the raffle, that would be very welcome.

Well done to all those at the last meeting who made the beautiful etuis.  It was a very busy and enjoyable workshop.

Best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Next Meeting: Etui Workshop with Kathryn Thompson 5 November 2016

At our next meeting on 5 November 2016, Kathryn Thompson will be giving an Etui Workshop.  This has been a very popular workshop with limited places and these are all booked now.  Members who are not participating in the workshop will be making lace and chatting.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Next Meeting: Smocking - Talk by Sally Figgins Saturday 1 October 2016

At our next meeting on Saturday 1 October 2016, Sally Figgins will give a talk on Smocking.  The talk will start at 2.00 pm and last for about 45 minutes to an hour.  Sally is informative, entertaining and interesting, so we should all find the talk enjoyable.  Our meeting will still commence at 10:00 as usual, so bring your current project too.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Next Meeting: 6 August 2016 Open Meeting with Members' Display

Our next meeting takes place on Saturday 6 August from 10:00 to 16:00.  Bring along a piece of your work to add to the members' display.  We'll be making lace, so a good opportunity to make progress on your current project.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Next Meeting: Tatting Workshop with Sue Duckles 2 July 2016

Thanks to members who contributed to the lovely displays of all things tatting and of recently completed projects at our last meeting. Thanks also to the young lacemaker who allowed his work in progress, his own design, to be exhibited. Members' displays demonstrate the range of skills and talents we have in the group and provide inspiration to us all.

A tatting workshop with Sue Duckles will be held at our next meeting on 2 July 2016, starting at 10:30. Sue will provide beginner kits at a cost of £5 each. These include an instructional DVD and booklet, shuttle and thread. If you already have equipment, at least a shuttle and suitable thick thread, you can bring that. For those with some experience, Sue will bring some more advanced instructional booklets/DVDs for you to purchase if you wish.

Members who are not attending the workshop will be making lace, so if you are interested in joining the group, come along, have a chat and, if you would like, have a go at making bobbin lace.

If any members are interested in the trip to Abakhan Mostyn on 7 September, please ensure that you add your name to the list, or let a member of the committee know, before or at the next meeting.

Happy lacemaking!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Next Meeting: Saturday 4 June 2016 Members' Display of tatting items

Members are asked to bring all things tatting to our next meeting on Saturday 4 June 2016 for the Members' Display.  Bring examples of your work, favourite books, equipment and any other tatting related items.  As always, if you can attach your name to your items or place a label with your name and some explanation with the display, it will make it more interesting for others.  We then have a tatting workshop in July for anyone who has been inspired to have a go or to develop their skills.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Next Meeting 7 May 2016 - Members' Display and Sales

The next meeting of Preston Lacemakers will take place on Saturday 7 May 2016.  The meeting has no formal content, so please bring along your current project and an example of your work for the members' exhibition.  Jacqui Southworth will be bringing along items for sale, so this will be a good opportunity to buy any equipment, thread etc that you need or just to treat yourself.

If anyone is interested in making lace and would like to attend, this would be a good opportunity to chat to members and see the wide range of lovely projects currently being undertaken by individual members.  If you are interested in coming along and having a try at lace yourself, please contact Carol Fenlon, telephone 01695 728320 or email to ensure that lace equipment is available.

Guild Lace Magazine Article Lace 162 April 2016

The Lace Guild, website, produces a quarterly magazine full of interesting news, articles and patterns for lacemakers.  In this month's issue of 'Lace', number 162, there is an interesting article about Preston Lacemakers' 30 birthday celebration.  This is accompanied by a lovely photograph of our members with the 30th anniversary lace bunting, together with three photographs of detailed pieces of beautiful lace.  On the inside front cover, there is also a photograph of the quilt and the silk stole made by the group for previous commemorative events.  Well done Preston Lacemakers.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Next Meeting: Members' Display - Show and tell

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 2 April.  Bring along your 'Show and tell' item for the members' display. There is no speaker or workshop, so bring along your current project and have a chat.  Anyone interested in lacemaking is welcome to join us as a visitor.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Next Meeting: 30th Anniversary, AGM and Jacob's Join

Thanks to those members who brought along their beautiful work for the members' display in February.

Our next meeting takes place on Saturday, 5 March 2016, when Preston Lacemakers celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the group.  The AGM will take place and there will be a Jacob's Join following the meeting.  Wishing all members have a super time.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Next Meeting: 6 February 2016 Members' Work Display

Our next meeting takes place on 6 February 2016.  Please bring along pieces of work depicting Family: relatives, birthdays, christenings and weddings for the members' display.  Other members would find it interesting if you could bring a note to put alongside your work giving your name and your reason for selecting your item(s).  As always, we shall be making lace, so if you are interested in lacemaking, do come along and have a chat to some of our members.