Shrewsbury Lacemakers are holding their fourth exhibition of members’ work, in the Bear Steps Gallery, Fish Street, Shrewsbury between 3rd and 15th September 2018; during 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.

Publicity Officer, of Shrewsbury Lacemakers, Thelma Foster said: “Visitors can find out more about different types of lacemaking, and the theme of Discovery, the focus of the exhibition, demonstrates the various interpretations of this ancient craft. Our members have been busy making everything connected to European, Russian and English laces; to demonstrate the growth of different laces over the centuries and to show the interpretations which each country and area have  made to give both very fine and more bold types of lace. Each area has produced lace for both dress decoration and for household items. Pictures of finished work and details of the exhibition can be found on our web-site at

People will be able to see live demonstrations of the various types of lacemaking and to try out the main steps in bobbin lace making. New members are always welcome to join Shrewsbury Lacemakers, and we hold monthly meetings at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Bayston Hill near Shrewsbury; where they can learn new skills, with no previous experience necessary. Members enjoy professional tuition, and we have a comprehensive library of books, videos and DVDs and patterns for people to learn the basics of this interesting craft. You will receive a warm, friendly welcome”.

Thelma Foster continued: “I would really like to encourage people of all ages to take a look at making lace items. People can start at Novice Level learning basic stitches, with patterns provided. Starter Kits are available and members can progress to Intermediate Level making a variety of patterns. English and Continental laces taught. Shrewsbury Lacemakers has an extensive library of all types of laces to allow your own choice of design. People can make Bruges lace; and the popular Milanese lace, as well as Russian and French lace.  The Bear Steps Exhibition will inform people how to join a group, how to find out about the importance of lace in historical times, and how to use lacemaking in art”.

Biographical Information:  Shrewsbury Lacemakers are a local non-profitmaking group who meet monthly to produce examples of all types of handmade lace many of which are of historical significance. The exhibition will show the wealth of work produced by the group and showcase the age-old skills which can be practised today.