The Keystone Lace Guild, located in Central Pennsylvania, can be your entry point into the exciting world of lacemaking. Anyone interested in making lace can learn the language, the techniques, and the possibilities of the craft in developing an interesting and rewarding lifelong activity. The purpose of the Guild is to foster interest in the making, studying, collecting and preservation of lace and lacemaking.
We offer a variety of learning experiences to support the interests of our members and to maintain enthusiasm for the craft, keeping in mind the skill levels and backgrounds of our members. Informal get togethers, called Lace Cottages, may offer show and tell, perusing new books and patterns, a simple project, formal instruction, or just “do-your-own-thing.”
Workshops & classes with the best teachers in the field of lacemaking, retreats, and other opportunities for concentrated learning are scheduled as often as possible. We welcome the opportunity to display our work, demonstrate lacemaking techniques, and teach beginner classes at public libraries, historical sites and community events.
Our main focus is to share the basic techniques of lacemaking, particularly bobbin lace and tatting, with anyone who might express interest. We also offer opportunities to learn needlelace, knitted lace and crochet lace. We are very fortunate to have members who have been making lace for several years and have attended seminars and conventions with some of the best national and international teachers and are more than willing to share what they’ve learned with others. Likewise, experienced lacemakers, while they may not learn much from some Guild projects, can certainly benefit from the enthusiasm and fellowship found in Guild meetings.
Whatever your interest, we hope you will join us as often as your schedule permits and we look forward to sharing our passion for lacemaking with you.