How our Club Started
In 1980, Muriel Tilling and Jean McEwen started teaching lace and embroidery together in Edinburgh. Before long, they had over 20 pupils and, from then on, the Saturday morning Club began as a self-help group. Some of the original group are still members today (2018).
Since then, the Club has gone from strength to strength and has celebrated a series of Anniversaries along the way. For its 15th Anniversary, we made a commemorative tablecloth. The 25th and 30th Anniversaries saw the Club continuing to flourish and, in 2015, we celebrated its 35th Anniversary with an Exhibition entitled ‘Lace Inspirations’, which ran for a week during the Edinburgh Festival. This featured a challenge, entries for which had to work with the theme ‘Inspirational Edinburgh’. The entries were wide and varied, as can be imagined, featuring both traditional and contemporary pieces.
Our membership continues to grow and currently we are approaching 50 members. In addition to regular monthly meetings (to which visitors are very welcome), we run weekend courses, Friendship and Lace Days, demonstrate lacemaking at local events and run occasional competitions for our members.
We also sponsor an award at the annual Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, near Edinburgh Airport. It is called ‘The Edinburgh Lace Club Award for Best Exhibit of Lace, with Special Reference to Creativity’ and the winner receives a trophy and a cheque.
We are looking forward to our 40th anniversary in 2020!