Border Lacemakers meetings provide the opportunity for small groups and classes dotted around a wide area to meet on a regular basis. Although there is no formal tuition given, members are more than willing to provide help if needed.
Bobbin lacemakers are generally a jovial, generous, friendly lot more than willing to exchange ideas, knowledge and materials. The accent is as much on fun and friendship as it is on lacemaking skills and during our meetings a warmth of spirit and camaraderie is ever present.
The group also raises money for charities nominated annually by members.
Meetings are held on the first Saturday of every alternate month and members look forward to spending a few pleasant hours in the company of friends who have similar interests.
Trips, both home and abroad, feature largely each year, as do guest speakers and workshops and at times we are invited to demonstrate our craft at various venues.
Members have given their time and expertise annually at St Mellons Show, St Fagan's Museum and Llancaiach Fawr to name but a few and during these demonstrations, members of the public are encouraged to have a go on our beginners practise pillows.
It has been known for one or two to be reluctant to relinquish their task until they have finished a small, simple piece of lace. The look of satisfaction on their faces bringing its own reward.
Readers visiting any venue at which we happen to be, are welcome to approach us with questions, or just to observe and chat. It must be said that, often, children who want to try their hand at lacemaking display more interest and dexterity than their parents or grandparents. We can only hope that some will continue to show an interest so as to help keep this old and beautiful craft alive.
Most of our members are female, but we do have one valued male who produces excellent quality work. The craft requires patience and perseverance but once bitten by the bug you're hooked.
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Border Lacemakers group celebrated it's 20th Anniversary in October 2008 with an event held at Goytre Village Hall which was well attended by members past and present.
To mark the occasion, members were treated to a delicious cream tea, complete with beautifully decorated birthday cake.
A banner designed by President and founder member Mrs Jenny Hester was displayed for the first time, the lace motifs having been made by volunteer members as a group effort. The painstaking task of assembling the work was done by Mrs Glenna Paynter and the banner was much admired and will be displayed at future meetings.
A memorable, happy day was had by all, thanks to the efforts of all who helped organise the event.
Happy 20th Anniversary Border Lacemakers