Wednesday 30 May 2012

Exhibition of Needle Lace in Bologna 2 June 2012 - 10 June 2012 * Thinking of You in a Time of Earthquakes

It seems there is no end to the earth's tectonic plate movements - the terrible quakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, Japan and now the latest two around 20 miles north of Bologna which have caused devastation and loss of life. Our thoughts are with you.

Il Merletto di Bologna is a group of friends who share a passion for needlelace developed in their beautiful city of Bologna. Some were students of the last Bolognese lacemaker who belonged to the famous Aemilia Ars and they pass on their knowledge and their experience to new members, so that this great art can be kept alive. The purpose of Il Merletto di Bologna is to search for ancient drawings and to execute them in lace while also creating new designs which maintain the strong traditions of the Aemilia Ars."

And if you are in the area in early June you can go and see some of these wonderful works at an exhibition at the Oratorio dei Teatini on the Strada Maggiore in Bologna.

After the official opening on 2 June 2012 at 16.30 it will be open every day 3-10 June from 9.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.00. These are just a few samples of the exquisite work made by this wonderful group, to see more just click here.


  1. How utterly wonderful! "From ancient drawings...". I don't do needlelace, apart from detached buttonhole stitch etc in my 16thC embroidery - but getting the tension right in the second piece shown - the net and then all that work on the inner panel - makes me feel ..either very impressed or a little ill. :-)

  2. This Italian needle lace you've shared is exquisite. I so hope that the technique will be passed along to enough folks with good eyesight and nimble fingers to ensure it will continue to be produced.

    How I wish I could visit the exhibit.

    Best wishes.

  3. I would love to see this as well. Sigh.