Ladies come from as far as down under for annual lace day
MORE than 70 women attended a lace day in Watlington. The annual event at Icknield College raised £439 from a
MORE than 70 women attended a lace day in Watlington. The annual event at Icknield College raised £439 from a raffle — £110 will be donated to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and the rest to the college.
Organiser Wendy Jarvis, an ex-secretary at the school, said the visitors enjoyed lace-making as a hobby. Some suppliers were also present and the women were given goodie bags.
Ms Jarvis said: “Some were stitching and knitting but generally they were all lace-makers. Originally lacing was used for clothing and people would earn their living from it but now it’s more of a hobby and is used decoratively.”
Maggie Scudder, who lives in New Zealand, was one of the visitors during a trip back to her native Thame. She used a Continental lace to design a village setting.
“A lot of laces are done freehand,” she said. “I did one corner of the design after working on it all day every day for a week in Belgium.”