There are currently two lace making groups in the Malmesbury area. One of which meets in the Freemans Hall at 1A Market Lane from 7.30 to 9.30pm every Friday evening and has the capacity to take new members who wish to join them. If you are interested, please just pop in, meet the lacemakers to see the projects they are working on, contact the Lace teacher, Doreen Campbell on 01666 823256 or pick up a flier in the museum. There are also other societies further afield.
The picture shows a lace making class in the early 20th century, organised by Lady Suffolk. Mrs Jones of the King's Arms is the important lady in the middle row. In the front row are Mrs Annie Goodfield nee Bishop (3rd from left) and the teacher Mrs Fisher (on the far right). Today, bobbin lace techniques are being adapted to make beautiful jewellery, garment adornments, pictures and many other items by using the wealth of coloured and metallic threads available as well as beads and wire. A far cry from it's origins made using only white, cream or black thread!
A lacemaking CD and two lacemaking booklets are available to purchase from the Museum Shop.
In addition to the weekly classes, lacemaking taster sessions are being run upstairs in the museum during school holidays for children and adults to have a go. If they're lucky enough to finish the piece they are making, they can keep it! Please see the dates listed in What's On on the museum website or displayed in the museum, Library and local schools for all dates. All donations for attending the workshop go towards keeping the museum a thriving part of Malmesbury Community.