Can we have a group on the IOLI Convention? I am planning to attend next year and have a ton of questions that need to be answered!

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Good point, Devon.  I googled him and found that he also teaches Romanian needlepoint lace.  I have found that Battenberg and Romanian point lacemakers usually speak of their lace as "needle lace".  (Although I don't agree with this.)

Janice: clarification on this point would be useful in any published descriptions of what he will teach at convention.

One of Bart Elwell's crochet patterns is on the net.  In case anybody is interested.  A remarkable imitation of Cluny type bobbin lace, but made in crochet:

http://www.interweave.com/needle/piecework_magazine/files/may-2010/... 

Bart will be offering Irish Crochet for 12 hours and Venetian Needlelace for 12 hours.  His description mentions the high relief padding so I think it is what we think of as Gros Point.  I will ask him about your question.  He is also offering a 3 hour Teneriffe class on Wednesday.

Interesting that next year there will be 4 male teachers.

Janice

There will be some Romanian Point classes taught but not by Bart, and the crochet cord can be purchased rather than made by the students, which means they spend their class time laying out the design and making the fillings which are very similar to needlelace IMHO.  I have seen the patterns and I might take one of the classes even though I don't care for crochet work.  I can do it but prefer to crochet in yarn as it grows quicker.

ioli said:

Good point, Devon.  I googled him and found that he also teaches Romanian needlepoint lace.  I have found that Battenberg and Romanian point lacemakers usually speak of their lace as "needle lace".  (Although I don't agree with this.)

Janice: clarification on this point would be useful in any published descriptions of what he will teach at convention.

Janice

Thanks for clarifying Bart's needle lace class.

Simon,

Hi from an Austin Lacemakers' member from the 80s! (I'm now in Indianapolis with the Circle City Lacers, and also a member of Lafayette Lacemakers.) My first Convention was in San Antonio (late 70s, early 80s), and I have been to many since then. Taking classes with amazing teachers can really advance your lace dramatically. More advice: many of the vendors don't take credit cards, so be prepared! Save some money for the teachers' showcase (often on Thursday night) because many of them sell patterns not necessarily available from the regular vendors.

Anne

Ok, I just joined the other night and I'm thrilled at the organization of this site!  I'm not familiar with social media. where is this "local guild" located in the USA?  And I don't see a city or state listed in the conventions.  I taught myself to sew, then learned the rest working in a fabric store for years.  I always loved the laces and wondered how they were made and now I have the opportunity to learn. 

Stacy: to find information on the next IOLI convention, do this --

1. go to our MAIN page.  In the upper left hand corner is the IOLI logo, and just under it is a link to the organization's website.  Click on that.  

2. Once you get to the organization's website, look for a tab CONVENTION.  Somewhere on the CONVENTION page will be a link to whatever local guild is hosting the 2013 convention.  They will publish the details on their site as they get confirmation on the various parts.

3. from the organization's main page look for the tab CHARTER CHAPTERS.  That page will have links to the local chartered chapters which have websites.

4. If you belong to a local guild, and your guild wants a page here on our site -- laceioli.ning -- have someone of your officers write to me and I will create a group for it.

Lorelei Halley

Stacy Echols said:

Ok, I just joined the other night and I'm thrilled at the organization of this site!  I'm not familiar with social media. where is this "local guild" located in the USA?  And I don't see a city or state listed in the conventions.  I taught myself to sew, then learned the rest working in a fabric store for years.  I always loved the laces and wondered how they were made and now I have the opportunity to learn. 

2013 IOLI Convention will be in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2014 will be in Sacramento, CA

2015 not determined.  If you want it in your area, ask your local guild to be a co-host.  Now IOLI are co-hosting, they take on the money worries of running a convention.  You get to do the fun stuff.

It sounds like you don't have a local group that you know about.  What state do you live in?  We can give you the names and locations of groups in your state, one of those would be your "Local Guild".  You might run into one of our guilds demonstrating at the local fair or museum or historical event... but there are not groups at every sewing shop or knitting store.  Many years ago it took me almost 30 years to stumble upon someone making lace at a fair after I had set out to learn. (1968-1996) You should not have to struggle like that.  With the utube lessons you can get started soon, but it is lots more fun with friends.

Stacy Echols said:

Ok, I just joined the other night and I'm thrilled at the organization of this site!  I'm not familiar with social media. where is this "local guild" located in the USA?  And I don't see a city or state listed in the conventions.  I taught myself to sew, then learned the rest working in a fabric store for years.  I always loved the laces and wondered how they were made and now I have the opportunity to learn. 

Thank you for the quick feedback!  I can't wait to get hold of some bobbins and learn the fundamentals.

Hello oh powers that be!  Do we have any idea when the Bulletin with the detailed class schedule will come.  I want to get my convention application in ASAP, but not knowing when and how many hours (officially) classes are I don't dare send money.

Besides with the year I've had so far I could use a bright spot filled with lace.

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