Sunday, June 14, 2009

L.A.C.E. Day fun!

I took a break from studying yesterday and attended the L.A.C.E. Day event in Downers Grove, IL. I almost forgot to go! Luckily, Dave and I were talking Friday night, and he asked me what time I had to leave for my "thing." He's never quite sure what I'm up to! : ) If he hadn't brought it up, I might have forgotten and stayed home to work on my class!

What a lovely group of ladies! They were very welcoming and encouraging! As I was checking in I heard, "Hello, Diane." It was Gina, the Tatting Goddess! I had attended the lace event hosted by Gina's guild in April. What fun! Two lace events in two months! As Gina was introducing me to her sister Linda, I saw Marilee Rockley, Yarnplayer, sitting at a table! I met Marilee almost two years ago at Harvest Days. While we girls were chatting, Barbara Gordon came over! My day was made, and I'd been there less than 10 minutes! The picture is a bit fuzzy. I forgot to take my camera, so this was taken with my phone. Left to right: me, Marilee, Barbara, Gina, Linda.

Gina, Linda, and Barbara were off to a bobbin lace class, so Marilee and I went to the vendor room. Oh, my goodness! Talk about sensory overload! Several of my favorite vendors were there! If Dave had any idea of how much money I COULD spend on lacemaking supplies, he'd probably suffer from heart palpitations! All of the vendors were very knowledgeable, and very friendly. It was hard to not buy something from everyone... oh, wait! I think I did! Well, all but one. I really wanted a pillow stand for my bobbin lace pillow, but I didn't have any more money to spend!

In the afternoon, I participated in a Kumihimo class and made this pretty little Princess Charming Scissors Fob. It's supposed to have beads at the end of the tassel, but mine just looked messy, so I cut of the beads and decided to just have fringe. We were told that the idea behind using beads is that if you drop your scissors, the beads will hit the ground first and save the tips of your scissors.

I wish I had taken my camera. There was a display of the most beautiful lace you can imagine, and there was a lady demonstrating bobbin lace. The day provided the mental break I really needed!


  1. Wish I'd been there!! I'm sulking now hearing about you guys getting together and me back in boring UK!!!

  2. I am the Queen of Sulk! All those tatting classes and events south of the 49th, and me here in old TO! Sounds like such fun.

    Glad you had a break and a good time. What are you studying? You have mentioned it - leadership? What is that?

  3. I'm so glad you remembered to come! You've reported the event perfectly. It was great fun shopping with you, Diane. I really feel inspired with new ideas from those celtic swirls and jewelry books you encouraged me to buy :-)

  4. How fun to meet up with Gina, her sis, Barbara and Marilee! Lace events are so much fun even when I don't know anyone there. I can imagine that was the icing on the cake! :)

  5. I am glad you went. I would have loved to run into all of you- maybe next year! It sounds like it was a BLAST!

  6. OH! You just reminded me that I DID take photos of the lace display at the very last minute before I left! I REALLY have to get caught up with chores before I play though. Soon!

  7. It looks like you had a great time:).



  8. It's sounds like you had a wonderful day. I wish there were a few events close to where I live! I'm glad you had fun.

  9. U really had a wonderful time ya. Its really a stress relieve terapy ya by just attending the Day. Such beautiful laces and threads.

  10. It was great just to read about it, thanks.

  11. Glad you enjoyed the day! I was demonstrating Bucks point lace that day and met many nice people who stopped by to watch, some stopped to join in and I learned a new tatting trick, made me want to take out my shuttle. So much lace so little time!
    Sue R. of L.A.C.E.
    Lacemakers and Collectors Exchange

  12. misspelled my URL
    slideshow of the day on our site!


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