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 mjwaisanen@icloud.com

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

(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 stacy.tackett1970@gmail.com!

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 arthiss.kliever@gmail.com.

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!

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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 bigtex.com. 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 www.internationalorganizationoflace.org.

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 president@internationalorganizationoflace.org  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 centumlittlefingers@yahoo.com

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 arthiss.kliever@gmail.com

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 arthiss.kliever@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

1st Quarter Meeting - 2016

The Dallas Lace Society
First Quarter Newsletter
January 2016

Letter from the President

Dear Members,

Here we are, a month into the new year already! I hope your holidays went well and you are having more time for lacing. Our Christmas party was great fun and the room looked very festive with the lovely d├ęcor that was added. We had beautiful items for the lace exchange and some very useful and lovely raffle and door prize items. As always, we were all crossing our fingers to win one of Elena’s special creations in the raffle. Of course the food was yummy.

Stacy and I are planning our next road trip to the IOLI convention in Indianapolis this July. Neither of us have been there before so we are looking forward to seeing new scenery and hopefully a few less corn fields than the trip to Iowa. We’ll start checking out the food sources along the route real soon.

I hope all of you are considering entering an item in the State Fair this year. The site isn’t ready for 2016 yet but entry forms and mail-in entries are due mid July. The site, Bigtex.com, should be updated by early spring. They are not sure of the theme yet – something agricultural. Not very helpful if you want to plan a lace piece that fits the theme!

Dorothy is organizing some demonstration opportunities and I encourage even the beginning lacers to participate. It is fun meeting the visitors and hanging with your lacing buds.

Thank you to our board members and committee members who volunteered for two more years and to the new volunteers who have joined in to help with the business end of our organization. I know it eats into your hobby time but we are all so thankful for your service that keeps our group together and growing.

Looking forward to seeing you at lace meetings,

Membership in The Dallas Lace Society

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

Demo Date

Dallas Quilt Show March 11, 12 & 13th at Market Hall

Upcoming Class

Judy Aycock will be teaching a class on Buck's Point Grounds April 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Dallas. The class will cost $80, payable to DLS.

I.O.L.I. Convention 2016

It will be held in Indianapolis July 17th – 23rd.
To find our more and register, go to www.internationalorganizationoflace.org.