For a few years a medley of about 30 of the group have spent a weekend at Sneaton Castle, enjoying passing the time with our lace / knitting / embroidery / jewellery without the inconvenience of housework.
Sneaton castle weekend
Situated near Whitby on the North Yorkshire moors, Sneaton Castle Centre, formerly a girls’ boarding school, is in the grounds of St Hilda’s Priory, the Mother House of the Anglican Order of the Holy Paraclete. www.sneatoncastle.co.uk.
This area of Yorkshire has many attractions. Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay are outstanding, local wild life, adventurous walks, steam railway (or DIY at home) keep some of the husbands occupied whilst we visit the wonderful jet jewellery & wool shops.
A small display is usually set up as the venue often has other visitors who are intrigued as to why we are there. The trial pillow has initiated a variety of hands – Sisters from their African Convent, Best-man in kilt and full regalia, local celebrities attending their presentation lunch, group of talented young musicians who also entertained us. Come this last weekend in July, wonder who will be brave enough to “Have a go”?
Needle & Bobbin Lace
All Bobbin Lace
Romanian Point Box Lid – mix of Crochet & Needle Lace
Some of us are also members of the Wentworth Women’s Institute and were asked to enter examples of lace in the “100 Shades of Green” exhibition at Kiplin Hall to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the W.I. Not much lace around worked in green but a few years ago we created a display “Spring Watch” so had frogs and leaves tucked away on top of the wardrobe.
This is a minute portion of the original to fit a limited space. Mostly bobbin lace except tatted dragonfly and frog spawn. My own entry is the East European Guipure lace “Dragon”, well, it does have a streak of green.
Christ Church, the parish church of Brampton Bierlow, holds a “Tree Festival” every 3 years. Local groups sponsor and decorate a tree. The Rockingham Craft Group searched cupboards, finished UFOs and created new ornaments in embroidery, tatting, crochet, knitting as well as a variety of laces to provide a beautiful and interesting display. One of the Lace Angels was nick-named “Kamikaze” as, no matter how we tried to attach it to the tree, it managed to fly and crash land in a nearby pew.
As a new comer to the making of lace I have been surprised by the variety of styles and techniques. All of which stem from the basic whole/cloth and half stitch. I love the feel of the bobbins and found the concentration the hobby requires to be very beneficial, the history and folklore fascinating.
In May a group from the Rockingham Lace group attended a two day course tutored by ANNA HALIKOVA in Edinburgh. Anna teaches in her home city of Prague and for privileged lace groups in the UK. I am attracted to Czech lace by its colour and modern usage so in spite of my inexperience I was excited to be able to join the ladies.
Before attending one of Anna’s courses folk are asked to choose one of a small number of possible lace pieces to ensure she brings all the necessary threads and accessories with her from the Czech Republic.
Anna is a very approachable and bubbly lady. Unfazed by my inexperience Anna promptly set about finding me a project more suitable to my needs. Once I got started I was delighted with the task of making my first lace necklace in a range of turquoise threads.
The other ladies worked on scarf edgings or Christmas stars having previoiusly attended courses with Anna.
We travelled by car and stayed in a nearby self-catering apartment (with cleaning service**), wined and dined on local delivery cuisine (fish & chips) , gorged at the Quayside where we convinced the waiter that we were “calorie loading” ice cream so as to run the Marathon next day!! Sincere thanks to those ladies of Rockingham Lace for their encouragement throughout an eventful weekend, topped off by a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Sue W.
We meet 5 times a year (Saturday’s at 10am-4pm) at Ecclesall Parish Church Halls, Ringinglow Road, Sheffield, S11 7PP.
No tuition but tutors within the group will help with a problem. We usually work on our lace or other craft-of-the-moment, chat with kindred spirits, admire the goodies on a show table for items worked by members, appreciate the different styles of lace in progress. We have a Newsletter “PILLOW TALK” that is sent out before each meeting, raffle, committee, library, trade stall (once a year), challenge of a yearly, fun competition for completed U.F.O.s – prize “The “Munday Trophy”.
Bring packed lunch or visit nearby cafes. Bring a mug – coffee & tea available for small charge.
May 11th was an enjoyable day for attending members – past and present. Members produced a scrumptious buffet, interesting memorabilia and a beautiful display of work. Competition entries ranged from miniature boots, silhouette head, horse rider to a real gold bracelet. The cake was made by a member, cut by one of the founder members & president ably abetted by one of the original tutors.
A few years ago a Party of the Rockingham Lace-makers travelled to Bobowa, Poland to learn their type of lace at a workshop run by Ewa Szpila. We stayed with Ewa and her family. Her eldest son made an excellent job of … Continue reading →