Monday, November 27, 2017

The Dallas Lace Society

Second Quarter Newsletter
November 2017

Letter from the President

Dear DLS Members,

Here we are already well into the last quarter of our year! That Christmas lace exchange will be here before we know it. Our Christmas party is planned for December 9 at the library from 11 AM to 3 PM, our regular second Saturday meeting day so we will not be making lace that day. We’ll be partying and feasting on our potluck luncheon. Stacy will be organizing the decorations and sending an email about the potluck.

During the party door prizes donated by members are given which can be any item you would like to donate. Please wrap or sack the item as we pick blind and then see what surprise we got. Raffle tickets are sold for items
donated by members too. Many of us have added to our lace supplies from
these generously donated raffle items. Then there is the lace exchange – wrap a lace piece that you have made and sneak it onto the table. Anyone who puts a piece of lace in then gets to pick a package containing a piece of lace made by another member. It is so fun to see what everyone has made.

We had a great demo day at the State Fair. There was a lot of interest in our lacing and we got to use our new banner for the first time. What a great idea Stacy had. The lace letters showed well and looked beautiful.

Kelly Day and Arthiss Kliever were battling for first and second place in Interpretation and Original categories. Kelly first for Interpretation with her star and Arthiss first for Original with her angels. Kelly second with her very original Longhorn and Arthiss with her excellent tapelace interpretation. Kathy Morris’s lovely Honiton Coneflower won third place in Interpretation and Lisa Neidinger’s beautiful needle lace won a third place. Congratulations to all and I hope for more entries next year.

Arthiss, our talented display case creator, will be asking for items to use for our lace display at the Lancaster library in February. Hopefully we can pick a day when we can all go out to see the display together.

Two years have flown by and it is time for the election of our officers to serve for the next two fiscal years, beginning 1/1/18, as our Executive Board. The elected officers are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Fortunately for all of us Debbie and Linda have offered to continue to serve as Secretary and Treasurer. Arthiss does not wish to continue as Vice President. I know all of you, as do I, thank these members for their dedicated and cheerful service to DLS. An email with the slate of officers will be sent soon for you to cast your vote.

Hope to see you soon,

Christmas Party
Saturday December 9th, 2017
11am to 3pm

Please bring a lace item of your own making, wrapped but not labeled, for the lace exchange. There will be lots of goodes up for auction as well as door prizes and lots of food!

If you want to donate an item for the auction, want to bring a specific food dish or have any questions, just give me a shout.

Kelly Day


November 5 – Rita Cole
November 5 Beverly Tshirhaart
November 8 Cathey Morris
December 6 Brenda Taylor
December 16 Heather Norris
December 19 Elena Cole
December 22 Lydia Morgan
January 9 Linda Cole
January 13 Vivian Lee
January 31 Laura Sandison

Congratulations to the State Fair of Texas winners from the DLS

Arthiss Kliever – 1st place for original work

Kelly Day - 2nd place same category

Kelly Day - 1st place for personal interpretation of an

Arthiss Kliever - 2nd place same category

Cathy Morris - 3rd place same category

Lisa Neidinger - 3rd Place for her knitted lace

Library News

Arthiss has completed cataloging our library of 461 items!

Our New Aquisitions

  1. Alphabet Inspirations in Colored Lace by Sandy Woods (donated by Debbie Stone)
  2. Technique and Design of Cluny Lace by Paulis (donated by Regina Dale)
  3. Honiton Lace: Basic Technical Instruction Book by Joyce Dorsett (aLace Guild publication)
  4. Logarithmic Lace, compiled by Deborah Robinson (donated by Regina Dale)
  5. Liberty in Lace pattern book from IOLI Convention, 2017
  6. Pride of Africa, by Anny Noben-Slegers (donated by Marilyn Waisanen)
  7. Himmlisch Weihnachten – Heavenly Christmas – Noel Celeste by Christine Mirecki (recommended by Kathy Ogle)
  8. Knupfen – Koppel – Knotted Lace by Eva Tiesler (donated by Elena Cola)
  9. Nyplayksen Opas – Lacemaking Gild – book from a Finnish publiching house (donated by Elena Cola)
  10. Biancheria Tavola – Embroidered Table Linens – magazine from Spanish publishing house (donated by Elena Cola)
  11. The Bulletin, vol.38:no.1 (Fall 2017)

Elena Cola donated a wonderful collection of patterns, which have been assembled in two albums. Copies of patterns can be made upon request.

Several book duplicates will be available for auction at the annual Christmas Party.

The Dallas Lace Society Library is now ONLINE at LIBIB.COM.
For more information about the DLS Library, contact
Arthiss Kliever at


We have been invited to give a talk on the history of lace for a women's group in McKinney on February 2, 2017 from 10 am to noon. Dorothy Morgan will be giving the speech while others demonstrate as she speaks. If you are interested in participating, contact Dorothy at for all of the details.

The Dallas quilt Show is scheduled for March 9 – 11. We will probably demonstrate again this year.

Just Showing Off

We have been asked to display some of our work in the Lancaster Public Library in February. If yoou would like to contribute some of your work, contact

The International Organization of Lace Annual Convention will be held in San Antonio next summer.
July 22 – 28, 2018
For more information visit the IOLI website.

We have been asked to help with local tours, contests and other things.

Membership in The Dallas Lace Society

The cost is only $15 a year, due Feb. 1st. For questions, contact our new membership chairman Kathy Ogle at
We currently have 31 members.

Meetings – Every Tuesday at Forest Green Library 11 am to 3 pm
*Second Saturday of each month from 1 pm to 4 pm
*barring scheduled library events

Next business meeting will be January 30, 2018

To contribute content or edit info, contact

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Dallas Lace Society

Second Quarter Newsletter
May 2017

Letter from the President

Dear Lacers,

I hope that everyone is working on some beautiful lace and allotting some lacing time to make flowers to send to Alamo Bobbin Lacers for the 2018 Convention. You have probably seen the patterns that were sent in an email, but you may also use any pattern that you like and any color or thread that you would like. We will mail them flat to the lacers in San Antonio, and they will pull the thread and mount them onto stems. They will use them for bouquets on the banquet tables and as gifts for attendees. Our dear Alamo Bobbin Lacers appreciate any help we can give.

Arthiss informs that we have a couple of new members: Paula Moss and Diane Culpin. I am eager to meet them soon!

We have signed on to lace demonstrations at the Quilters Guild of Plano 2017 Quilt Show. It will be held Friday & Saturday, August 11 & 12, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Plano Event Center, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway. We will send a sign-up email later in the summer.

If you have ideas for demonstrations or other ways to promote our lace group, please let us know.

Hope you have a nice summer. The heat makes for great lacing weather!

Next business meeting will be July 25, 2017.

Hope to see you soon,

Upcoming Demo Dates

Plano Quilt Show – August 11 – 12
The Plano Center
North Texas Quilt Festival – August 24 – 26
Arlington Convention Center

If you want to demo, contact

Library News

The Dallas Lace Society Library is now ONLINE at LIBIB.COM.
For more information about the DLS Library, contact
Arthiss Kliever at


May 16 – Norell Mounger
May 18 – Denise Royal
May 30 - Rowena Billow
June 2 – Hiroko Okuno
June 10 – Regina Dale
June 16 – Sunela Thomas
June 21 – Barbara Roth
July 20 – Pat Bailey
July 22 – Deborah Stone
July 30 – Dorothy Morgan

Banner Update

Work is almost finished! Great work ladies!

Battenburg Cake

1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 drops red food coloring
1 cup apricot preserves
2 cups round almonds
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon almond extract

Cream butter and 1 cup sugar together. Beat in 3 eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt gently. Add milk if needed.

Divide batter into 2 equal parts. Add food coloring to 1 part to make a deep pink color. Grease 2 7 inch square pans. Spread batters into pans.

Bake at 350 degrees until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand in pans 5 minutes. Turn out on racks to cool.

Trim edges from both cakes. Cut each cake lengthwise into 4 strips as wide as a cake is thick. Trim to make strips match. Heat jam slightly. Spread on sides to glue 2 pink and 2 white strips together, checkerboard fashion. Spread all 4 sides of completed cake with jam. Repeat with remaining pink and white strips. Makes 2 cakes.

To make almond paste: Mix almonds, confectioners' sugar, egg, lemon juice, and almond extract together. Knead until smooth, adding a bit of lemon juice or water if too dry to roll. Add only ½ teaspoon at a time. It will be stiff. Divide into 2 equal parts.

Roll ½ paste 1/8 inch or so thick on a surface lightly dusted with confectioners' sugar. Cut to fit length of cake, and long enough to cover 4 sides leaving ends uncovered. Lay cake on one end of paste. Wrap to completely enclose all 4 sides of cake pinching paste to seal. Roll in granulated sugar. Place with seal underneath on serving plate, or store in plastic bag. Repeat for second cake. Chill. Slice thinly to serve.


Thanks, Cathy Morris, for teaching a workshop for us in April! All participants had a great time and learned plenty … and thanks to Arthiss Kliever for hosting the class!

The Fall Workshop will be taught by Louise Colgan!
This class is scheduled for Sept. 23 - 25th

The Liberty Lacers &
International Organization of Lace, Inc. invite you to join us for the
64th Annual IOLI Convention
Sunday, July 16 - Saturday, July 22, 2017
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
For more information go to

Next year, the convention will be held in San Antonio!

The State Fair of Texas 2017

For those interested in entering this year's competition, "Bobbin Lace" allows two submissions. One is a piece of your own design and making and the other is your interpretation of another's design. For rules and submission forms and deadlines, visit BIGTEX.COM!

Membership in The Dallas Lace Society

The cost is only $15 a year, due Feb. 1st. For questions, contact Linda Cole at
Meetings – Every Tuesday at Forest Green Library 11 am to 3 pm
*Second Saturday of each month from 1 pm to 4 pm
*barring scheduled library events

Next business meeting will be July 25, 2017

To contribute content or edit info, contact

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Dallas Lace Society shows off at the State Fair of Texas!  See our photo's in the Lace Gallery.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Dallas Lace Society

Third Quarter Newsletter
August 2016

Letter from the President

Dear Members,

We’re having some good lacing weather – too hot to do anything else.

Stacy and I enjoyed the IOLI convention in Indianapolis. It was a fine hotel and the convention was very well organized. We both took an Idrija class so if anyone wants to give this lace a try we will be glad to share our minimal knowledge. Next year the convention is in Philadelphia and then in San Antonio for 2018 or 2019. The Alamo Lacers would love for us to help out whenever they do host the convention.

Now we must get back to our projects for entry to the State Fair. Entries are due August 12, 13 or 14. There is going to be some tuff competition

this year with more lacers entering. That will make it so much more exciting.

We are always searching for ways to pique interest in lacing. At our regional gathering during IOLI it was suggested that we try arranging beginner lessons at knit or craft shops. Would love to hear any ideas on this topic or if you have a connection with any shop that might be willing to let us offer a class.

For a group project we are going to create a banner for use at demonstrations. Stacy has come up with an idea and we hope each member can join in the fun. It will be a series of triangles with lace pieces as spaces and lace letters spelling out Dallas Lace Society, all on dark colored triangles. The triangles will be held together and the banner can be hung above or attached to the demonstration table. Debbie is preparing some patterns of Milanese letters the appropriate size. You could make a letter or a small piece of lace for the spaces. There will be 16 letters and a need for 8 pieces of any type of lace. The letters will be in white thread so as to show up well on the dark fabric of the triangle. The isosceles triangle will be 6 inches across the top with sides of 11 inches coming to a sharp point. I can fax, mail, or email you the shape if you need it. You may send your completed pieces to Stacy.

The son of one of our founding members, Ruth Leatherwood, donated a collection of lace, lace tools and lace books to DLS this month. We enjoyed going through the items and Rowena was able to fill in some history for us. Arthiss tells us that about 20 of the books/booklets are new material to add to our library and others were duplicates. We are so thankful that John took the time to deliver and donate the items to DLS.

Hope to see you soon,

Demo Dates

Plano Quilt Show – August 12 & 13 at the Plano Centre
If you want to demo, contact

State Fair of Texas – DLS Demo Day – Oct. 11th
11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm
If you want to demo, contact

(free tickets and limited parking passes available)

We Need Your Help!

The Dallas Lace Society is currently creating a new banner to use for our events. The “flag” design features individual letters, made in a Milanese style. Please consider making one or two of these to use. To get details, contact Stacy Tackett at!

Fall Workshop

September 10, 11 & 12, 2016
limited space available!

Holly van Sciver, from Ithaca, New York is well-known to most of us. She has been a student and teacher of lacemaking for over 40 years. Originally trained in England, she has taught in the United States, Canada and Europe. She is a leader in teaching the fundamentals underlying lacemaking theory and design. Holly is the owner of Van Sciver Lace, and will be bringing lace supplies to show and sell.

At the Workshop, most of us will be working through Holly's course on Drafting Bedfordshire Lace Circles -- from graph paper to computer to lace pillow . But optionally, attendees may bring their own projects to work on with Holly's guidance. 

Registration fee for the three-day Workshop is $160.  Class size is limited to 12, so sign up soon if you are interested. Your spot in the class will be secure upon receipt of your registration fee.  It will be held at the home of Marilyn Waisanen, 5105 Swiss Ave, Dallas.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, August 10. 
Make your check out to Dallas Lace Society, and mail (or give) to me:
    Arthiss Kliever
    10505 Lakemere Dr
    Dallas TX  75238

After the registration deadline, I will send the complete class list to Holly. She will be in touch with you to confirm what you will be working on, and to make sure you have the information and supplies you need for the class.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Arthiss Kliever, Workshop Coordinator

* * * 2017 – Deborah Beever, Louise Colgan * * *

Oatmeal Lace Cookies...of course!


  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups Large Flake Quaker® Oats or Quick Quaker® Oats (uncooked)


  1. Beat butter and sugar together until creamy.
  2. Blend in flour, salt, milk and vanilla. Stir in oats.
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. Bake in preheated moderate (350° F) about 8 minutes.
  4. Cool 2 to 3 minutes then carefully remove cookies from cookie sheet with wide spatula. Cookies will be very thin and lacy.

The library is being EDITED

Within the next few months duplicate books and other items may be available for a small donation. Updates will be forthcoming through email and on our blog

Duplicates from the Dallas Lace Society Library - Aug 2016 

1. The Technique of Bobbin Lace, by Pamela Nottingham. 1995 paperback, 183 pp. Good instruction, diagrams and prickings for Torchon, Bucks Point, and Bedfordshire laces. (suggested donation $12 )
2. Miniature Bobbin Lace, by Roz Snowden. 1998 paperback, 106 pp. Large number of miniature patterns in Torchon Lace with good instructions. (suggested donation $10)
3. Introduction to Honiton Lace, by Susanne Thompson. 1985 paperback, 120 pp. Introduction, basic stitches, and five patterns described in great detail, getting progressively harder. (suggested donation $10)
4. 50 New Bobbin Lace Patterns, by Claire Burkhard. 1993 paperback, 159 pp. Original mixed technique patterns. (suggested donation $10)
5. Tatting: Technique & History, by Elgiva Nicholls. 1962 paperback, 128 pp. History, with a few patterns. (suggested donation $5)
6. Tatting: Patterns and Designs, by Gun Blomqvist and Elwy Persson. 1967 paperback, 96 pp. Patterns of mobiles and mats. (suggested donation $5)
7. Plants & Flowers in Lace, by Bridget M. Cook, ed. 1995 paperback, 48 pp. Small projects with diagrams, minimal instructions. (suggested donation $3)
8. Weddings, Christenings & Anniversaries in Lace, by Bridget M. Cook, ed. 1995 paperback, 48 pp. Alphabet, edgings, and heart patterns with diagrams. (suggested donation $3)
9. Pillow Lace and Bobbins, by Jeffery Hopewell. 1999 booklet, 32 pp. Describes and issustrates different varieties of lace and the tools and terms used. (suggested donation $2) 
10. Tatting, a DMC Publication. 1976 booklet, 32 pp. Several patterns not found elsewhere. (2 Copies available) (suggested donation $2)
11. Tatting for Today, by Marion Leyds. 1980 DMC booklet, 27 pp. Circular motifs for ornaments and pincushions.  (suggested donation $2)
12. Festive Tatting, by Marion Leyds. 1983 DMC booklet, 26 pp. Patterns for Christmas, edgings, and needle case. (suggested donation $2)

For more information about the DLS Library, contact
Arthiss Kliever at

The Dallas Lace Society was presented an award at the 2016 IOLI Convention for our achievement in volunteer/teaching hours!


Sept. 26 – Susan Merritt
Sept. 28 – Pat Kuhler

Membership in The Dallas Lace Society

The cost is only $15 a year, due Feb. 1st. For questions, contact Linda Cole at
Meetings – Every Tuesday at Forest Green Library noon to 3 pm
*Second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4
*barring scheduled library events

Next meeting will be Oct. 25th.
Christmas Party – Dec. 10th!

To contribute content or edit info, contact

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Arthiss has been very busy "editing" our library and has run across several editions that you might be interested in.  The link below will take you to a list of the current items we have to offer.  A donation to our group would be much appreciated too!

Second Quarter Newsletter
May 2016

Letter from the President

Dear Members,

We began our spring with a very enjoyable and informative workshop with Judy Aycock. We were all challenged by Buckspoint and Floral Bucks but we learned a lot under Judy’s patient tutelage and I have seen some great progress made by those in attendance. A lot of “light bulb” moments are happening! Debbie and Doug’s gracious hosting made for a very relaxed and comfortable vibe which, I’m sure, inspired our lacemaking. We enjoyed seeing our out-of-town friends Susan Merritt, Sherry Mathers and Heather Norris. Arthiss has a great line up of workshops for us this coming year and next.

At the April business meeting the minutes prepared by Debbie were approved as submitted. It is great to have someone who can organize all our chatter. Linda Cole reported that we currently have 33 members and our finances are in order. Rowena has been conveying our birthday wishes, get well thoughts and sympathy messages to our members. Please let her know of any important events in our member’s lives. She is also, as Historian, glad to receive any items that the group should be saving. Be sure to label the item and note the names of those involved. Arthiss is exploring ideas for better organizing our library. We are fortunate to have a member with her experience in managing library materials. Thanks to Kelly for keeping us informed and increasing our internet visibility. What a team!

Unfortunately, Dorothy no longer has the time to organize demonstration events so if there is anyone ready to help with that please let me know. Upcoming events will be the Plano Quilt Show August 12-13, 2016, State Fair in the fall, and the Dallas Quilt Show March 10-12, 2017. Grateful thanks to Dorothy for all the many years she has been organizing our demonstrations.

State Fair has released their 2016 Competition Handbook at Page 43 gives the details for entering. Original Bobbin Lace is category 1153 and Adapted is 1154. Junior (12 – 17) category is Original 1191 and Adapted 1192. Hope you all will enter and item or two.

We have recently discovered that the library, once again, opens at 10 AM on Tuesday.  We decided at the business meeting not to change our official meeting time (12 to 3) just yet but some Tuesday regulars plan to arrive at 11 like we used to and take advantage of the ability to begin earlier.  We’ll see how this goes for a few months and then revisit our options.
Hope to see you there - at any time you can come,

See you at lace,

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Membership in The Dallas Lace Society

The cost is only $15 a year, due Feb. 1st. For questions, contact Linda Cole at
Meetings – Every Tuesday at Forest Green Library noon to 3 pm
Second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4

I.O.L.I. Convention 2016
It will be held in Indianapolis July 17th – 23rd.
To find our more and register, go to

If you have a lace pattern that you have designed and would like to share IOLI is looking for you. See message below:

This year we are looking for patterns for the beginning lacemaker! Although, any level of skill is greatly appreciated. This is a great way to continue our mission to promote and teach lacemaking. By giving our Charter Chapters a CD with patterns, it helps them continue to teach lace to their members and hold workshops to perhaps gain more members. 

If you have something to add to the 2016 Gift CD you may send it to me at  If you can please send them by PDF format. 

The deadline has been extended to May 6th. 


May 16 – Norell Mounger
May 28 – Marlane Young
May 30 – Rowena Billow
June 2 – Hiroko Okuno
June 7 – Sherry Mathers
June 10 – Regina Dale
June 16 – Sunela Thomas
June 17 – Karen Hickman
June 21 – Barbara Roth
July 20 – Pat Bailey
July 22 – Debbie Stone
July 30 – Dorothy Morgan

Demo Dates

SwissAvenue Parade of Homes – May 8 at the Aldredge House
contact Marilyn if you are interested
PlanoQuilt Show – August 12 & 13 at the Plano Centre
State Fair of Texas – Sept. 30 – Oct. 23

If you are interested in coordinating demonstrations for the group, please contact Dorothy Morgan at

Demo at the Dallas Quilt Show 2016

Upcoming Classes

Holly Van Sciver – September 10, 11 & 12, 2016 – limited space available

2017 – Deborah Beever, Louise Colgan - TBD

If you are interested, please contact
Arthiss Kliever at

Remembrance Ring

Size 20 crochet thread
1 tatting shuttle
Small crochet hook for joining

Techniques used:
Rings, chains, picot joins, hiding ends.
Size: approximately 50 – 55 mm. Make ring larger or
smaller by using slightly larger or smaller picots. Or,
if the size needs to be changed significantly, add or
subtract rings.

R 3-3-3-3. RW.
Ch 6. RW.
R 3+3-3-3. RW.
Ch 6. RW.

Repeat for a total of 9 R and Ch, joining the
last R to the 1st R. Tie ends; hide and cut later.
Repeat same pattern for
other side, joining to center
p of rings. Tie ends, hide,
and cut.

There is a saying, "Tie a string around your finger so you won't forget." Here is a very elegant
"string”, worked up into a charming accessory!

©Marilee Rockley 2009

Photo from our workshop with Judy Aycock. It was a blast and we learned a ton. Thanks Judy!

For more information about the DLS Library, contact
Arthiss Kliever at

To contribute content or edit info, contact