Lacemaking Craft Organisations


Organisation International de la Dentelle au Fuseau et líAinguille


(International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organisation)


The objective of O.I.D.F.A is the promotion of Bobbin and Needle Lace internationally. Achieved by local membership and activity together with the publication quarterly of “Bulletin O.I.D.F.A. A Congress is held every two years, enabling its members to meet, exchange ideas and hold workshops on the Lace of the host country as well as encourage a social interchange between its members.


OIDFA’s next congress is due to be held in 2018 but the venue has yet to be finalised. The Congress in 2020 will be in Tartu, Estonia. Previous congresses have been held in Australia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Japan and the UK.


For more details visit their web site

The Lace Guild

The Lace Guild is open to all who have an interest in any aspect of Lace and Lacemaking. Founded in 1976 the guild has members all over the world to world wide membership.


The Guild is an educational Charity working to promote an understanding of Lacemaking, design and presentation for today.


It holds a weekend convention at the beginning of April, which includes Talks, workshops, and its AGM.


It has a quarterly Magazine which includes patterns, lace related articles, and lace events. It has a large reference and lending Library of Lace related books. It is now registered as a Museum and has a large collection of Lace, of which some is displayed at their Head Quarters in Stourbridge, West Midlands. And is also available for study by arrangement.


For further details visit their web site


The Lace Society

A society for Lacemakers, Collectors of Lace and anyone associated with the craft.


The society was formed in 1968 in North Wales, as a means for lacemakers to meet and exchange ideas. Membership is open to all those genuinely interested in the making and study of Lace.


It has a quarterly Newsletter, a Rally in April, which incorporates a lace Fair and AGM and a Lace Day in September.


For more details visit their website

The Guild of Needle Lace

The Guild of Needle Laces was founded in 1983 by a group of the late Nenia Lovesey’s students, and is encourages the resurgence in various types of Needle lace. Developing from cut and drawn thread work to Stumpwork and 3 dimensional /collage style pieces.


They have a Magazine for members three times a year with Needle Lace related articles, tips and events. they also run a Biennial competition.


For further information visit their web site

The Ring of Tatters

The Ring of Tatters started in 1980 is run on a voluntary basis by an informal team. It promotes tatting by encouraging Local tatting days and workshops, demonstrates at exhibitions and craft shows.


It has a twice yearly newsletter, with articles, patterns, and tips from tatters all around the world.


For more information visit their web site or our page on tatting.