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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Do you know how many forms of lace there are?

The answer is many and they're classified by how they are made. There's needle lace, cutwork, bobbin lace, tape lace, knotted lace (as in macramé), crocheted lace, and more. All beautiful and intricate in their patterns made from silk, linen, cotton, gold and silver threads, as well as synthetic fibres.

A piece of lace is sometimes more about the holes than the fabric and within the forms of lace there are many more styles, usually named after the place in which they originated. Some examples are Flanders Lace (from Belgium and northern France), Point de Paris (obviously French), Milanese edging (Italy) and Youghal edging (Ireland).

A very lacy affair is being hosted by the Australian Lace Guild at the historic Linnwood Hall in Sydney's west. This heritage listed house, set on 5 hectares in Guildford, will be open for this one day event showcasing the different forms of lace and demonstrating the making of it. Entry is free for all visitors. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

If you're interested in doing a lace making workshop, the Guild is also running a couple of classes that run over 2 days at a cost of $55 per day. Location, dates and details can be found on their website. You could be making your own table runners or lingerie in no time.

This pastime has been around for centuries and has produced some fine work, some would say, pieces of art. Linnwood Hall also has much history with it once being a school for truant boys, followed by a residential girls' school for wards of the State. Take a drive out to this estate and enjoy the display, relax on the lawns or stroll around in the sunshine.

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Phone: Lace Guild 02 49755201, Linnwood Hall 02 96329203
Where: 25 Byron Rd, Guildford
Cost: Free
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