The Alban Lacemakers

The Alban Lacemakers


We are a group of around 50 lacemakers who meet up once a month to share our love of bobbin lace. We make both traditional and modern lace, using a variety of patterns and techniques. Together we provide a wealth of knowledge and experience of regional styles up and down the country, as well as techniques used around the world. Join us to learn more about this very specialised craft that’s steeped in history.

Three lacemakers demonstrating in front of the display of lace fans at Living crafts
Three lace demonstrators


Our next meeting at 

Jersey Farm Community Centre,

St Brelades Place St Albans Herts AL4 9QY 

on Friday  8th December

From 7.30pm – 9.30pm  

This is our Christmas meeting with home made mince pies and mulled wine.

We are inviting you to make a colourful lace decoration in a bangle. We have bought the bangles, wound the bobbins and pricked the patterns so that all you have to do is arrive with a suitable lace pillow, cloths stitch holders and your torchon pins. It is possible to finish it during the evening, but if you prefer you may take it home to finish.

Visitors are always made very welcome and pay a fee of £6 & Members pay a supplement of £1 for this meeting.

No prior knowledge of lacemaking is necessary, but for this meeting it will help.


Now available from The Patricia Bury Pattern Collection. A selection of historic mainly Beds and Bucks patterns collected by Tricia over many years. Price £25 for nearly 200 downloadable patterns. Amongst them are patterns marked Lester, Marshall, Hornsey and Sergeant. We would love to hear back from anyone who makes the lace or has any further information about the people named on some of the patterns. Please click on link for further information. 

For more information please contact us via the email link below.

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For further information please click here to send us an email using our contact form.

 To join the Alban Lacemakers or renew your membership; please click here for application form. Print out the application form and send it with your payment to The Alban Lacemakers c/o Madge Carey, 6 High Firs Crescent, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 1NA