Lacemaking Day 2017

Honiton lace making photographed by Matt Austin.

Lacemaking has a significant place in our Well Fashioned hearts. My homes, old and new, are both rooted in UK lacemaking history. Nottingham is the lace making capital of the UK, its industry pre-dates the arrival of the Normans, with its own lace market area dating back to the middle ages. Devon, my new home, is the birthplace of Honiton lace, a type of bobbin lace mostly depicting natural objects such as flowers or leaves. Coincidence? Probably, but what a Well Fashioned perk!

The culture of this industry in the UK is definitely one to celebrate, and thus Lacemaking Day was born! On the 9th September, events around the UK are being held for national Lacemaking Day. Here are a few of my favourites that you could visit if you wanted to learn more about this historic trade, and even have a go at some lacemaking yourself.

Debbie Bryan, Nottingham

  • A talk on how the Heart of Heritage has and still inspires the Debbie Bryan Lace Archive as well as a demonstration of lace blueprinting and (as long as the sun is shining) an opportunity to create one yourself.

The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

  • Learn more about the MERL’s lace-making collections, hear from experts in the field and enjoy demonstrations from the North Downs Lace-makers.

Inspired by Machinery Lace Exhibition, Redditch

  • Starting on the 8th September this exhibition runsuntil the 22nd October, the exhibitions displays a wide variety of lace inspired by everything from lighthouses to sewing machines.

MoleValley Lacemakers Demonstration & Exhibition, Great Bookham

  • Members will demonstrate how they make their lace and encourage the public to give it a go using both English and European lacemaking techniques

‘Inspired Lacemakers’ Demonstration, Cromford

  • The ‘Inspired Lacemakers’ will be demonstrating the bobbin lace technique over the weekend, why not drop in and give it a go?

Lace in Fashion Exhibition, Bath

  • If you aren’t free on the 9th September it doesn’t have to stop you from learning more about the industry as The Fashion Museum in Bath is displaying a beautiful lace exhibition until the 1st January 2018

Follow the Lace Society on Facebook to keep an eye out for other events!

Honiton lace making photographed by Matt Austin

Well Fashioned Credits: These wonderful lacemaking photos showing Honiton lace making are by Matt Austin, a freelancer photographer based in the South West. You can see more of Matt’s work at


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