I’m a lacemaker, and a Mormon. I come from a family of lacemakers and Mormon pioneers. I’ve made fine crochet lace for more than twenty years. My grandmothers before me made thread lace, and the family I married into is also skilled in lacemaking. I’ve made pillowcase edgings, blessing dress edgings, intricate lace baby bonnets, table laces, Irish wedding dress overlays, and altar cloths for LDS temples.
Most recently, I’ve begun serving as a lacemaker for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to create new altar laces and to care for their existing altar lace collection. It was in this volunteer position that I discovered that there was a great need for more LDS lacemakers.
Lace, faith and family are important parts of my life. This blog is to document, teach, and share that faith through this beautiful art. In the process, I hope to document my laces and the laces of others, especially within the LDS community where the unique need for this skill exists.
Our ancestors before us had the privilege of building the temples of the Lord with their own hands. Making this lace is a labor of love, and a unique opportunity. It may be the closest I ever come to carving the sunstone, or smashing my family’s heirloom china for the Lord’s walls.
Come, be inspired, learn to make lace!
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Exquisite pieces, Angela.
What skill! And what a calling!
So glad to have found you. This is a project that I have wanted to start for years but just have not done it. I have made hundreds of snowflakes so I think that I am now ready to start this new adventure. First to find the right pattern. Or even possibly creat one!
Thank you for putting up this blog! I’ve made crocheted lace since I was a child and don’t know why it hasn’t occured to me sooner to put my skiller to a greater purpose. So much wonderful information! I called to today with the number you supplied to begin my first altar cloth for the Montreal temple. I’m so happy about it, I feel like a child at Christmas.
Darcee! Montreal! That’s great! When you get going, I’d love to post a picture of your work.
I just want to add that there is quite the lace making community in Utah and around the world. In Fairview UT they host a lace days in July and have a museum. There are 3 guilds that I know of: Academy Square Lacers (Provo), Behive Lacers (Salt Lake), & Boneville Tatters. These ladies will gladly teach anyone who wants to learn lacemaking. Everything from knitting to bobbin lace!
If people aren’t in Utah they can check out IOLI- Intrnational Old Lacers inc. or outside the US there is The Lace Guild (UK) or OIDFA (EU).
Robin, I just had someone ask me about lace guilds in SLC. Thank you!
How can i get a copy of the Ebenezer lace pattern? I love it!