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 will be held at 

St Stephen’s Church Hall, 1 Watling Street, St Albans AL1 2PT

10.00 – 15.30 on Saturday 13th April


Elise Naish, who is Head of Heritage & Collections, for the Culture Trust in Luton, will be giving her talk  at 13.00 titled ‘Lace in Fashion’ after a recent exhibition held at Wardown House Museum & Gallery. 

Pat Castlo will be with us all morning until 1pm. selling a selection of her wonderful bags and there will be an exhibition of antique Bedfordshire lace all day.

There will be a ‘bring and buy/sales table’ to raise funds for the group. Please  bring along any lace or textile craft items that you wish to pass on and remember to have some cash in your purse to spend on raffle tickets and the sales table.

We will have home made biscuits with our morning coffee and a selection of home made cakes with our afternoon tea. All refreshments apart from lunch are included in the entrance fee, but please bring your own mug. 

Members, who asked, have been given a free ticket

Visitors are always made very welcome and pay a fee of £6.

Please contact Madge Carey at for tickets

as numbers are limited.

No prior knowledge of lacemaking is necessary.

We look forward to seeing you with your lace pillow or any textile craft

this coming Saturday.


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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 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