Devon Lace Teachers Lace and Needlecraft Fair
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Place: Exeter Race Course
Kennford, Exeter EX6 7SX
Time: 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Suppliers in Attendance
Tickets: £3.50 at the door or £3.00 in advance
from Mary de Salis, 6 Gales Crest, Chudleigh Knighton. TQ13 0EZ.
From the website:
Early in the 20th Century Devon County Council decided to fund classes in Honiton lacemaking in some South Devon schools and evening institutes in the hope of maintaining the local cottage industry of making this fine bobbin lace. By the end of the Second World War it was clear that lacemaking was no longer commercially viable, but classes continued in order to keep the traditional craft alive. They were taught by a group of teachers under the guidance of Mrs A L Whittaker, who was both teacher and technical advisor for the county. The present day lace teachers descend from this group, older teachers having passed on their knowledge and skill to their successors. Even though some classes fall below the number of students neede for county funding, they continue privately, and in other parts of England an abroad. Although the emphasis is primarily on Honiton, Devon Trolly and Branscombe Point are also taught.
Meetings of the Devon Lace Teachers are held three times a year for membership interaction and event development.