Saturday, July 20, 2019

July meeting

This blog writer hasn't been able to make it to a Cranberry Lacers monthly meeting for the last few months.  The group has been meeting, but sadly, no blog post to record those meetings!  Finally, today, no personal conflicts and I was able to join with the other six for an enjoyable day of lacemaking, escaping the awful heat and humidity outside.

We had one tatting and a variety of lace pillows with a variety of lace styles today.  Not to mention some beautiful bobbins on said pillows!








We meet every third Saturday of the month for a day of lacing and conversation. We are a group of friendly lacemakers with a range of experience - we are lucky enough to have a professional instructor to teach the beginners and work with the experienced.  Anyone is welcome to join us!  The room we meet in at the library is large with lots of light.  Feel free to email us at cranberrylacers@gmail.com for more information.Cranberry Lacers has been a chartered chapter group of IOLI for 25 years. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

March meeting

This blog writer was on a trip in February and missed last month's meeting of the Cranberry lacers, so it was great to be back with the gang today and be sharing our lace together.

A couple of special parts of today.  I (Arlene) brought with me a large lace and silk tablecloth that I got from the treasure trove of lace donation that was mentioned in the January meeting post.  This was the first time that I was able to spread it out completely, as I don't have the floor space at home! It is about 6 1/2 feet by 7 1/2 feet.  We had interesting conversations about the lace, the silk, the plans for restoration, the possible history (nothing is actually known about it).  It is a marvelous piece, despite the crumbling silk.






Next, Helga brought the order of blue film that was ordered from Europe for guild members and the guild.  One roll needed to be divided in half - a 20 meter roll turned into two 10 meter pieces.  We got to work!



Here was what was on our lace pillows today.  It being the day before St. Patrick's Day, Pat offered a 3-leaf clover pattern for anyone interested!









And, of course, sometimes we just need to spend our time winding bobbins (but we know a beautiful shawl will be the end result, right, Helga?):


We meet every third Saturday of the month for a day of lacing and conversation. We are a group of friendly lacemakers with a range of experience - we are lucky enough to have a professional instructor to teach the beginners and work with the experienced.  Anyone is welcome to join us!  The room we meet in at the library is large with lots of light.  Feel free to email us at cranberrylacers@gmail.com for more information.Cranberry Lacers has been a chartered chapter group of IOLI for 25 years. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

January meeting

Happy 2019 everyone!  Cranberry Lacers enjoyed getting together on this Saturday.  Many of us realized that we hadn't touched our lace pillows an awful lot in the last few weeks and so there was definitely a "getting back into the swing of things" learning curve to the early part of our day.  After a bit, though, we were all happily lacing away.

In addition to the variety of lace on our pillows and projects planned and in the works, there was also continued discussions about a fantastic experience back in November (when this blog writer was sick and unfortunately missed out on a great day).  A gentleman dropped off six boxes of lace and books that his first wife had collected some years ago.  A few of the items were back again today and we discussed some of this beautiful old collector pieces.  Here is a glimpse of some of them:









And, of course, some pictures of what was on our pillows today:













We meet every third Saturday of the month for a day of lacing and conversation. We are a group of friendly lacemakers with a range of experience - we are lucky enough to have a professional instructor to teach the beginners and work with the experienced.  Anyone is welcome to join us!  The room we meet in at the library is large with lots of light.  Feel free to email us at cranberrylacers@gmail.com for more information.Cranberry Lacers has been a chartered chapter group of IOLI for 25 years. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December Holiday Lunch

Cranberry Lacers gathered at the Stage House Tavern in Somerset this past weekend for our traditional December "meeting" - the holiday lunch.  We shared wonderful conversation and great food in this historic restaurant.  Part of the fun of the afternoon was continuing a 20 year old tradition of reading "The Night Before Christmas" and doing a gift swap.  Everyone brought a gift and every time during the reading the word "the" was said, the gifts were passed to the next person around the table until the last "the" was said and the gift in your hands was the one that you opened and kept.  The book that has been used for all these years was gifted to the group 20 years ago in 1997 by Trish, sadly no longer with us.  It is believed that the idea for this was started in 1996 and then Trish bought the book the following year.




Monday, October 22, 2018

October meeting

The unofficial theme of the October meeting of the Cranberry Lacers could certainly be "Scarves and New Starts!"  It seems like most of us were working on one or the other!  At the last meeting, the idea of some Milanese projects/lessons had been proposed and so some members were taking advantage of our teacher Pat's wealth of knowledge and wealth of books and patterns of that type of lace to begin work on something new.  As it turned out, two others were engaged in scarf projects - perhaps influenced by the turn of the weather, the fact that fall had finally arrived?

There was also much conversation about the recently opened exhibit "Lace Not Lace" at the Hunterdon Art Museum.  Some members had attended opening day, others have been there since, and others have future visits planned.  We are so lucky to be here in NJ and close to this first-ever-in-the-US exhibit of lace of this kind.  We also welcomed a visitor who gave a try to bobbin lace and has decided to join us!  So excited to bring a new friend into this wonderful hobby/craft/art of ours!












We meet every third Saturday of the month for a day of lacing and conversation. We are a group of friendly lacemakers with a range of experience - we are lucky enough to have a professional instructor to teach the beginners and work with the experienced.  Anyone is welcome to join us!  The room we meet in at the library is large with lots of light.  Feel free to email us at cranberrylacers@gmail.com for more information.Cranberry Lacers has been a chartered chapter group of IOLI for 25 years. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

September meeting

After a rainy week, the Cranberry Lacers were very glad to gather in lacemaking and friendship on this Saturday at the Franklin Township public library.  Pat and Beth shared stories of their lace adventures this August in Europe, attending the OIDFA Congress in the Netherlands and then the World Lace Event Brugge in Belgium.  Pat brought lots of show and tell by way of books and patterns!



Today, Mary was busy tatting and has found herself quite engaged in tatting lately.




As per usual, Beth was working on beautiful Binche, but today brought a piece that involved a bit of color - quite unusual!




Other pieces on our pillows today:







As always, Pat is an incredibly patient and kind teacher, always helpful, as she is here with Veronica.



We meet every third Saturday of the month for a day of lacing and conversation. We are a group of friendly lacemakers with a range of experience - we are lucky enough to have a professional instructor to teach the beginners and work with the experienced.  Anyone is welcome to join us!  The room we meet in at the library is large with lots of light.  Feel free to email us at cranberrylacers@gmail.com for more information.Cranberry Lacers has been a chartered chapter group of IOLI for 25 years.