1.   I first saw lace being made in 1976 at a Heritage Festival (200th
birthday of USA).  But I didn't have 'time in my life' for another hobby - 3
children in elementary school.  Then 12 yrs later when I was in college
(Jewelry/Goldsmithing classes) I read that lace had been made with gold and
silver wire.  That sent me to the library to look up Bobbin Lacemaking.  There
was a kit available: a book, a pattern, and a video.  I took it home and
began; making a pillow, bobbins, etc. with directions in the book.  In the
back of the book was a list of 'dealers', most were in Europe, but the last
one was 'The Lace Maker' in Edmonds, Washington.  I bought another couple
books and have never looked back.  About 3 yrs later I met the then Pres. of
Lacemakers of Puget Sound and joined them.  So, I began with books and then
the wonderful women of a group.
  2.  I was 33 when I saw lace being made and then 45 when I joined LPS.
  3.  I have always dealt in fiber arts: knitting, embroidery, needle pt.,
sewing,etc.  Learned to knit and embroidery as a child from my mother.
  4.  I can't imagine it coming back as a profession but I think it will
continue as a hobby and art form.
  5.  I like to see us preserve all the older crafting and art techniques.
Lorri Ferguson   In sunny (at the moment) Renton, WA,  USA


1. Who taught you to make lace?
2. At what age did you start to learn?
3. What attracted you to lacemaking?
4. Where do you see lace going in the future?
5. Why is lace important to you to preserve?

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