The Australian Lace Guild was formed in 1979 in NSW to bring the lacemakers of Australia together. Initially the Guild decided that its National Administrative Committee should rotate amongst the States. The rotation period was set at three years, with the incoming National Administrative Committee acting as apprecnices and organising the next Conferences and associated workshops. This structure functioned well until it was found that fewer members were able to commit to six years to the Guild. In 2019, the Queensland National Administrative Committee worked to change the Articles of Association so that there was no more rotation and members of the National Executive Committee could come from any State. These changes were agreed to in 2020 and in 2021 the first truely National Administrative Commitee was formed.
Our members make lace for their own enjoyment and for their own use. Lace makers find their craft deeply satisfying, sometimes challenging, and very rewarding. Lace making can be very time consuming and on the whole has not been made on a commercial basis in Australia for many years. The amount of time involved in making lace would render it unaffordable. For example, it can take more than one hour to make a one centimetre square of lace
About the Australian Lace Guild
Lacemakers in Australia are served by both the national body, the Australian Lace Guild, and by the relevant state bodies. Members joining the national body are also joined with their relevant state body. The state bodies organise meetings, workshops, newsletters, demonstrations, displays and other activities for their members.
The directors of the national body form the National Administrative Committee (NAC) which manages all the affairs of the Guild. All NAC roles are voluntary.
Some of the NAC’s many responsibilities include:
- publishing a quarterly magazine for all members
- conducting the annual conference with workshops and activities
- conducting the annual general meeting at the conference
- collecting membership fees and maintaining the membership records
- paying subsidies and grants to the state bodies for their conducting of workshops and other activities
- maintaining the website
The Lace Guild’s Aim is to:
- promote lacemaking in Australia;
- bring together lace makers and lace enthusiasts; and
- give enough information on this website to help people to start making lace.
You can use our website to:
- look for a branch or group
- look for a teacher
- think about our yearly conference
- join the guild
- become inspired about lace.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Please email the Secretary with any queries.