Who are the Volunteers in the LDS Lacemaking Community?

Snowflurry: An altar cloth in progress

Snowflurry: An altar cloth in progress

So far in my work as a lacemaker for the temples, I’ve come across more than 35 other lacemakers, either in person, or through this blog.  We are quite a group! There are young lacemakers, older lacemakers, most live inside the United States, and some live outside the US.  Many are first-time lacemakers, bravely moving from yarn to thread for the first time.  There are many women lacemakers, but also men!

The other day, I was speaking with a woman who had worked a long time at the temple.  We got to talking about altar lace and what was required to make it, and I mentioned that the lacemaker before me had talked about a dear brother who was a long time lacemaker for our temple.  He made altar cloths well into his 90s before he passed away.  She perked right up and said she had known him! and remembered the laces he made.  She said he’d learned from his mother when he was young, and had never forgotten.  That would have been in the early 1910’s.  There are a few of his laces still in service.

Recently I received an email from a gentleman who tatted, and wanted to find a pattern to make lace for his local temple.  I sent him a few resources and he eventually wrote back with a picture of his work.  His lace was beautiful!

You guys are wonderful.  I’m so pleased to be a part of such  a great community of lacemakers for the Lord.  It really is a beautiful thing.

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7 thoughts on “Who are the Volunteers in the LDS Lacemaking Community?

  1. In the Palmyra temple district in about 1999, some very lovely lacemaker organized for each stake of 7 to contribute enough squares for a whole cloth, which she then crocheted together after they had all been blocked and prepared. What love. I do not take on whole cloths, but I taught about 4 people how to crochet left handed, and they each made a square and I made 3. It was one of my favorite acts of temple service ever, and I felt very close to the women who sewed for the temple workers on the Salt Lake temple. True craftswomanship.

  2. I love checking in on this site regularly to see what is happening in the Lacemakers Corner…I’m still at it too!

  3. I would love to get into making lace for temples! I have been crocheting for most of my life and I’m starting to get into tatting now. Can you offer any insight into how to get started doing this?
    Btw, love your blog!

    • Doulashellee, if you would like to make an altar cloth, check with your closest temple. The matron there will know if she needs an altar cloth, and what size to make it. In the meantime, practice your lace skills and get your stitches nice and even. Practice is a lot of fun. I started with leper bandages and pillowcase edgings. I have included several patterns on the blog that can be used to learn with.

  4. I would love a pattern with rows that just keeps getting bigger and then adding a border around it, not having to connect pieces together. Is there such a pattern out there for altar covers? 😉

  5. There are patterns called “filet crochet” patterns. Some matrons like these patterns, some do not. You have to be careful that there are no symbols or words in the pattern of course. It’s always a good idea to check the pattern with the temple matron of the temple you’d like to make an altar cloth for, before you begin.

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