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Thread your way through display of delicate art form, techniques Oct. 12 at Milwaukie Center

Lace isn't just for hankies anymore, and making it definitely is not a dying art.

"With today's designers, lace-making is more exciting than ever. With the use of assorted threads, beads, colors and imagination, almost anything is possible," said Jackie Nissen, president of the Portland Lace Society.

COURTESY PHOTO - Portland Lace Society member Opal Shimmen wears an 1850s-style costume decorated with handmade lace at last year's Lace Day.Those interested in trying the art of lace-making or seeing gorgeous examples of modern lace are invited to attend Lace Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive.

Lace Day is a "celebration of lace-making," Nissen said, and attendees have a chance to catch up with other lace makers on new techniques and projects, or get help on a difficult piece if needed.

"We will have a 'try-me' pillow, so that anyone interested in bobbin lace can try it and see if it's a hobby they would like to take up, (and) our tatting teacher will let interested participants try their hand at tatting," Nissen said.

Established in 1971, the Portland Lace Society is a chartered member of the International Organization of Lace Inc. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of all types of laces, including bobbin lace, tatting, knitted lace, crochet, point lace and needle lace.

Nissen said she has been a member of the lace society for more than 15 years; she mainly tats, as it is portable, but also enjoys making bobbin lace.

Jean Reeves is the newsletter editor for the group and also has been a member for 15 years.

"We are often asked if young people are interested, and I answer them by saying I was young when I started," she said.

Nissen said she always looks forward to Lace Day and to seeing all the projects that attendees are working on.

Marilyn Barns, a Milwaukie resident who has been a lace society member for 20 years, said that vendors at the site will include Black Sheep, selling yarn, books, patterns and thread; and Shop in a Box, offering books, threads and accessories. The Portland Lace Society also will sell items from a consignment table and hold a raffle with items donated by members, Barns said.

Event attendees will see lace shawls, cowls, scarves and lace edging for towels and hankies.

Nissen added that the event is held at the Milwaukie Center because it "is a great location with good parking, plenty of room and excellent lighting, which is very helpful in lace-making."

Knit, crochet, tat

What: Portland Lace Society's Lace Day, a celebration of all things lace

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12

Where: The Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive

Portland Lace Society: The organization's goals include teaching and promoting lace-making and lace identification. As part of its mission, members also encourage educational programs for public benefit, such as lace-making demonstrations and exhibits of lace collections.

Meetings are held from 10 a.m.-noon the first Thursday of each month at the Winona Grange in Tualatin.

Online: portlandlacesociety.com


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