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.