Well, what a local find! Someone from the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild mentioned Lacis and after that I noticed it every time I went past the intersection of Ashby and Adeline Street in Berkeley. Eventually I just had to stop and WOW!
Now, I am currently not a lace consumer. I own no lace. But it IS very on trend right now, and of course I have had my lace periods in past years and one never forgets past loves. So though I didn’t really want to acquire any, I was dumbstruck and nostalgic looking at everything they had. It is not just a store, its also a museum, and they have classes, and online shopping too! It is about lace, but also textiles in general, and specifically embroidery, needlework, bridal, and costume–especially period costume.
“Lacis was founded by Kaethe and Jules Kliot in 1965 as a haven for the textile community and all involved in virtually every aspect of the textile arts….Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles will work …to preserve lace and textiles of all cultures from all periods including patterns and their tools of creation, the objects of their purpose and the literature associated with these objects.”
They also have a HUGE reference library covering not only lace and embroidery but all textiles, both books and patterns. A few shots of the library:
And then…all the extra’s people use to make fine things, like feathers!
There is a whole room devoted to bridal–all the things to make the most elegant dresses, headress, veils, and anything you would want to go with it.