Lace Event France: 2ème Festival de Broderie et Dentelles, Saint Cosme en Vairais – June 25-26, 2016

2ème Festival de Broderies et Dentelles en Jardin, Saint Cosme en Vairais (Mamers, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire)
  l’Association Plaisirs d’Ouvrages
Date: Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, 2016
Place: Gymnase rue des Vieilles Vignes 72110
Time: Saturday 10:00 to 19:00, Sunday 9:00 to 18:00
Information and Reservations:
Entry fee 2 EUR, under 12 free.

Over 70 vendors, emonstrations of bobbinlace, filet, patchwork and embroidery.
Fashion exhibition, “Il était unde fois nos grands-mères aoutrou de 1900”

Cosme   Vairais map

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ace Event France: 12ème Couvige de de la la croisée des fils, Bourg-Argental – June 25, 2016

12ème Couvige de de la la Croisée des Fils, Bourg-Argental (Saint-Étienne, Loire, Rhône-Alpes)
La dentelle sur cartecard exchange
à La Croisée des Fils
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Place: La Salle Jacques Esterel
42220 Bourg-Argental
Time: Saturday 9:00 to 19:00
Information and Reservations: From last year –  Thérèse Berne,
17 Rue des Fossés, 42220 Bourg-Argental
Tel. : +33 (0)4 77 39 14 93

There will be a recital in the halle de Bourg-Argental with singer Barbara Deschamps at 20:30.

Bourg-argental map

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In Memorium: Gunnel Landtblom, d. May 16, 2016, Vadstena, Sweden

Mamma 1973   Kontoret augusti 2013
Gunnel in the shop at Storgatan 23 in 1973.  Still hard at work in May 2015.

Gunnel Landtblom, proprietor of Elsa Petersons Spetsaffär Eftr., located in Vadstena, Sweden, died last month at the age of 93.  Her’s is a distinguished family in Swedish bobbinlace. Surrounded by lacemaking relatives, Gunnel’s mother, Elsa Peterson (1891-1980), started the business in 1920.  She operated as a “spetsförläggare”, which is the role of the middleman between the lacemaker and ultimate seller.  Patterns would be disseminated to lacemakers working from home, and the finished pieces collected, paid for, and ultimately sold in the shop.  Originally located at the family home at Skänningegatan 11, Vadstena, the shop moved to Storgatan 23 in 1960, where it remains today.  It is the oldest business of its type in Sweden, the repository of invaluable history and memories.

Ruth and Emma Pettersson, Elsa Peterson’s sister-in-law and mother-in-law at their lace pillows.

Elsa Peterson and her first shop at Skänningegatan 11.

Gunnel was born on October 6, 1923 to Elsa and Gunnar Peterson. Ever a student of the Humanities, her interests lay in art, literature, history, music and languages. After graduating high school, Gunnel studied English, American, French and Spanish at the University of Uppsala. During this time she also studied French one semester in Lausanne and one semester in Paris.

mamma med mormor liten
Gunnel and her mother, Elsa Peterson, in 1924.

Gunnel took over the shop in 1971 when her mother retired.  Of the hundreds of lacemakers in the area, about one hundred worked with the shop. But these numbers declined through the years. Eventually Gunnel shifted her emphasis from selling lace to the revival of traditional Vadstena patterns. Some had been designed in the Art Deco style by her father’s cousin Inez Pettersson, and many were new designs. The fame of her shop steadily grew, attracting local, international, even royal visitors. All were eager to hear to story of Vadstena lace from its famous adherent.

Vadstena lace handkerchief, Klosterliljan pattern.

Gunnel was actively involved in the shop until January 5th of this year. As illness crept upon her, she hoped to get better and return to work in the shop located on the ground floor of her home. But it was not to be.  With her goes a critical part of lacemaking history, yet still kept alive through her tireless efforts.

In March of 2016, Gunnel received a special award from the City of Vadstena. The certificate reads:

Special Appreciation for Outstanding Achievements in the Art of Bobbin Lacemaking

Throughout her life, Gunnel Landtblom has maintained and developed the art of bobbin lacemaking in Vadstena. Like her mother Elsa Peterson, Gunnel is a carrier of the family´s artistic lifework. Without their efforts the art of bobbin lacemaking would probably have been forgotten long ago. Gunnel Landtblom has helped maintain and retain Vadstena´s position as a node of culture not only in Sweden but also internationally. Her tireless efforts have increased the recognition of Vadstena’s cultural heritage. Vadstena especially wants to recognize and thank her for outstanding achievements in the art of bobbin lacemaking.
Signed by:
The Chairman of Vadstena Municipality
The Board of the Vadstena Municipality
The chair of the Culture and Education Committee


Deepest thanks to Gunnel’s daughter, Karin Landtblom, for her help in writing this memorial.
The annual Vadstena Lace day will be on July 1, 2016, and a separate post will be done on that event.



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Lace Event UK: Wolverhampton Lacemakers Lace Day – June 25, 2016

Wolverhampton Lacemakers Lace Day
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Place: Baptist Church
Winchester Road, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton WV10 6EJ
10:00 AM to 4.00 PM

Speaker: Cheryl Blackham – Lace in Miniature

Tickets: £4.00 visitors, £3.00 members, £2.00 shoppers
Contact: Jenny Roberts, 01922 473234 or
or Sue Kalra, 01902 843195 or

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Lace Event UK: Nottinghamshire Bobbin Lace Society, Summer Lace Day – June 25, 2016

Nottinghamshire Bobbin Lace Society Summer Lace Day
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Place: Portland Training College
Nottingham Road, Mansfield NG18 4TJ
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Web Site:

Speaker:  The charity Whizz Kids
Makit, Margaret Wall

Tickets: Pay at the door, £1.50 members, £1.70 non-members
Buffet lunch.
Contact: – Janet Molyneux,, 07941 368285 (evenings)

The Nottinghamshire Bobbin Lace Society was formed in 1975 to form a point of contact between local lacemakers, provide resources, promote exhibitions and lace gatherings and to promote a forum for lectures and visits of interest. The Society runs Pop-in sessions at Sherwood Community Centre in Nottingham usually once a month.
Lace Days are held five times a year, January, March/April, June, September/October and November/December. There is usually a Speaker and one or more stalls of various lace suppliers at each meeting.
Society membership is open to all ages. Members receive a newsletter four times a year.
Numerous private classes are offered.



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Lace Event UK: Essex Lace Makers’ Lace Day – June 25, 2016

Essex Lace Makers Lace Day
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Place: Henry Dixon Hall
Rivenhall, Witham CM8 3HR
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Supplier:  Mainly Lace

Tickets: £4.00 Members, £4.50 non-members
Cheque payable to Essex Lacemakers (include SAE, please)
Contact: Marlena Lipski, ‘Ridgecroft’, Moor Road, Langham, Colchester, Exxex CO5 5NR

Hatfield Peverel

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No Ebay Alerts for June 19, 2016

Apologies, big deadline at work, so no Ebay Alerts this week. I’ll keep up on the events, and am also working on an important announcement that will appear shortly.

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