I went to visit a dear friend of mine a few weeks ago. She showed me the altar cloth lace she’s currently working on for the Mexico City, Mexico Temple. It’s a variation of a pattern she saw on my pinterest crochet lace page. It’s turning out just beautifully! She’s using size 20 lace thread.
This altar cloth was handmade by my Aunt Janetta. Crocheted with size 20 DMC Cordonnet lace thread and her grandmother’s heritage hook, it was a labor of love and took nearly two years to finish. It is beautiful! It has the clones knot from our family heritage sprinkled throughout the design. Janetta was able to finish this altar cloth just before the dedication of the Payson Temple, June 7th, 2015.
If you would like to get a copy of the altar cloth guidelines, call your local temple. The church has listed every temple’s contact information at www.lds.org/temples
Each temple is responsible for their own lace altar cloth collections. If you would like to make an altar cloth, call your local temple and make an appointment to speak with the matron to find out what your temple’s altar cloth needs are. She will be able to give you the instruction and guidelines you need for the sizes of altar cloths she needs.
If you have questions about how to create, block, whiten, or anything else regarding care for crochet lace, drop me a note, I’m happy to assist. We have an amazing community of lacemakers in our LDS culture. It’s a wonderful heritage I hope to see flourish for a good long time.
A note of encouragement:
Anyone can make lace. It’s a skill more than a talent. It just takes practice. If you are working on a temple lace, send me a picture of your lace pattern! I’d love to feature more LDS Lacemakers!