The Lace Guild

Lace Events

Bristol Lacemakers

25 September to 3rd January 2018

Bristol Lacemakers was founded in response to the wishes of large numbers of lacemakers in Bristol, many of whom were in Adult Education classes taught by Evelyn Smith who had recently moved from London. Bristol Lacemakers formerly met on the second Monday in the month and would alternate with a speaker one month and a working evening the other. Sadly, with a falling membership we now meet on the second Tuesday of the month and because of a lack of lace related speakers we now only have occasional speakers.

This exhibition, we hope, reflects the diversity and talents of the club members.

The quilt was made in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2012, by a group of Bristol Lacemakers who are both Lacemakers and Quilters. The quilt is a signature for Bristol Lacemakers and demonstrates the diversity of lace styles made by the members.

The balloons were made when the Lace Guild met in Bristol and asked local groups to provide a display which was representative of Bristol. Bristol is the home of Cameron Balloons founded by Don Cameron in the seventies and he started the Bristol International Balloon Festival. This is held in August every year when up to 100 balloons can be seen flying over the city and the Clifton suspension bridge. There are a number of companies who offer balloon flights the rest of the year.

So the members of Bristol Lacemakers were asked to contribute a balloon made in lace to be mounted together to represent Bristol.

The rest of the display follows the theme of celebrations and nature and showcases further examples of the members work.

Opening times
  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 3pm — no appointment needed but groups over five in number are asked to contact The Hollies in advance.
  • Apart from December and January The Hollies is now open on the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 3pm. On the first Saturday of February, May, August and November a member of the Museum Committee will be on hand to identify your lace, or help with your lace queries.
  • Groups over five in number are asked to contact The Hollies in advance.
Entrance is free to members and children aged 16 and under. Non-members are welcome but are asked to give a donation of at least £1.