Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles | Sightseeing
My sewing and love for vintage/antique everything takes me to a lot of really amazing places in the San Francisco Bay Area. The East Bay in, particular, is a beacon for those who share these interests. Today we visit Lacis Museum of Lace and Textile in Berkeley.
My first encounter with Lacis happened as I was driving home from Stone Mountain & Daughter. As I sat at a stoplight, I glanced over and saw the storefront. My first reaction was "what is a museum of lace and textile?" My second reaction was "I'm so going there."
I so went there and was amazed with what I saw. Lacis was founded in 1965 by Kaethe Kliot as a "a haven for the textile community and all involved in virtually every aspect of the textile arts." What Lacis has evolved into is a museum, a store, a reference center, a classroom and really an inspiration to anyone who is interested in textile arts.
(If you don't live in the Bay Area, you can shop at Lacis online.)
There are four main rooms at Lacis. This room is part museum, part store. Most of the items in this space happen to be vintage or antique — particularly laces and linens.
On display in this room are pieces of lace that date back hundreds of years. The tags are prices for reference (they are not for sale).
Lacis offers workshops and classes, as well. If you're in the Bay area, here is a list of upcoming classes they are offering.
Bobbins for lace making.
A small section of their extensive library of books for browsing or buying. Additionally, they sell a large selection of historical and independent patterns.
So much thread and floss!
Some lace collars and doilies available for sale.
In addition to needle crafts and lace, the store sells hat-making supplies, particularly hats from the past.
Here, shop manager, Erin Algeo is restoring a family wedding veil from the 1950s that has been worn by 16 brides. Lacis offer wedding services including custom pieces from their extensive collection of new and vintage lace.
Lacis also sells vintage clothing, including a number of children's pieces.
Some embroidered pieces on display. The Museum's last exhibit was a history of embroidery. Unfortunately, it had closed when I visited the museum.
I absolutely loved the fans on display!
More antique collars on display and for sale.
The bead work on this panel was breathtaking!
On exhibit, some antique notions and a bit of history about embroidery.
That's how lace is made by hand!
A glimpse into the bridal section at Lacis.
Selections of lace and fabric in their bridal shop.