Cherishing the Chesapeake: Lace of the Bay
At our recent Lace Day business meeting, the members of CRLG voted to embark on an exciting new project. Inspired by a 2018 exhibition at the World Lace Congress in Belgium (see lower photo on right), the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild will create lace banners reflecting and celebrating the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Each study group should identify one member to collect the pieces for their group according to the guidelines below.
*Any type of lace is acceptable including bobbin lace, needle lace, crochet, knitting, tatting, etcetera, as long as it is made with fine thread.
*Each piece of hand-made lace must be 1.5 to 2 inches wide.
*Each piece should be between 12 and 24 inches long.
*Each lace strip will be mounted horizontally on organza.
*Scallops, fans, or decorative edging is acceptable on what will become the top edge.
*The bottom of each piece should be a straight sewing edge.
*Each lace strip should be primarily blues and greens representing the water, although additional colors of the Bay may be interspersed in the strip.
*Embellishments such as seed beads or tiny pearls are acceptable.
*Each piece collected should be catalogued with the date received, the lace maker’s name and the name of the pattern and its designer, so all artists may be credited appropriately.
Each Study Group will collect the lace pieces between now and December 2021. These pieces are meant to create banners that will be used by the guild indefinitely and will not be returned. Details about display and exhibition will be forthcoming in future communications. The intention is to create ethereal banners for a major display, and then to allow each Study Group to keep their own group’s work on a banner suitable for display during demonstrations, classes, and other lace events.
If you have any questions please contact: Mary Tod.
The International Organization of Lace, Inc.
67th Annual Convention
July 17-22, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona
Information can be found here.
Example of a lace strip appropriate for the project, by Mary Tod.