Today my Husband, Javier, and I visited The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles located at 2982 Adeline Street in Berkeley, California. The Museum and Museum Shop are open Monday thru Saturday from 12pm until 6pm, and is a short walk from the Ashby BART Train Station.
Javier and I had never visited this location before, and we were both instantly impressed with the large retail store filled with abundant supplies for lace making, embroidery, and many other creative projects, as well as the vast historical artifacts preserved and on display.
The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles was established in 2004, “to share and sustain the extensive collection of Kaethe and Jules Kilot, consisting of lace, textiles, costume, a related library, and the tools of the textile arts” (from the brochure Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles). The retail store was founded in 1965.
Take a look at just a few of the lovely displays of Historic Lace, Lace Parasols, and Lace Art that are currently on display...
The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles has a collection that represents "40 years of dedication to the preservation of the finest of human handiwork" including "thousands of specimens from pre-Columbian Peru... the 17th and 18th Century European Courts, and examples of machine age exemplifying the 19th Century Industrial Revolution" (excerpt in quotations from the brochure Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles).
Here a few photos I took of some of the amazing collection pieces of Historical Lace Collars on display, as well as examples of Historical Black Lace Work:
In addition to the beautiful Historical Lace Artifacts on display, Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles offers rows and rows of Embroidery Floss and Threads of all colors, and fiber content, available for purchase. Recently, over the past few years, I myself started to practice Hand-Embroidery Techniques and Designs, and I immediately fell in love with the abundant Embroidery Supplies for sale here! I highly recommend Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles for all of your Embroidery needs!
Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles also offers beautiful Bridal Veils and supplies to create your own unique Bridal Accessories!
Have you ever made your own hat? Look no further for Hat Making Supplies such as Hat Frames for all the various hat styles you can possibly think of!
Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles also has an extensive collection of Historical Costume Patterns... As well as Hoop Skirts, and Petticoats of all shapes and sizes!
I was also very impressed by the extensive assortment of Corset Making Supplies, such as Corset Busks, Grommets, and Boning!
Another gem I was pleased to find here, is a plentiful library "focusing on lace, textiles, and costumes, including over 12,000 items of books, patterns, articles, and other ephemera" (excerpt in quotations from the brochure Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles).
I also enjoyed finding vintage inspired notions such as Ring Finger Pin Cushions, Spool Knaves, as well as ornate scissors, and scissor holders. Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles also carries a wide range of needle-working tools for knitting and crochet.
Check out this delightful Bobbin Lace art, titled "San Francisco". This piece was handmade in the 1970's by the members of The Northern California Lace Guild, and donated to the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my visit to The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley, California! Check out their web-site, www.lacismuseum.org, for more information, or to sign up to the "Friends of the Museum" bi-weekly newsletter. Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles also offers Lace Making Classes. Admission is currently free of charge.
I hope that you have a Fantastic Day! Until next time, dear Readers!
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Hello Readers! Welcome to my Blog! I am Roxanne Rodriguez Rangel, a Fashion Designer from Northern California. I love all things Fashion, particularly historical fashion! Join me, as I take you around Northern California, covering fashion events and related topics!