New England
Lace Group

NELG Annual Retreat and Workshops

  • May 16, 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • May 19, 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, North Andover, MA

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Our annual retreat and workshops will be held from Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19, 2019. Once again, we will be at Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Our teachers for this year will be: 

  • Carolyn Wetzel who will be teaching Frisado de Valladolid Needle Lace
  • Holly Van Sciver will be offering beginning, intermediate or advanced Torchon, Bedfordshire, Bucks Point, Lester, Honiton, Russian, Hungarian, contemporary lace and more. Holly will also be our vendor.
  • Jill Hawkins will be teaching a beginner bobbin lace class for those who are new to lacemaking, or those who have been away from lacemaking for a while and need to go back to basics. This class will be subsidized by NELG.

Our presentation on Saturday evening will be Glorious Gold and Silk: Frisado de Valladolid Needle Lace of Spain. Carolyn will share images of this rare needle lace, describe its history that starts in the 1500s, and introduce you to who is continuing the tradition in Spain today. She will also relate the adventures she and a few other lace makers had while travelling in Spain to study Frisado in 2017.

Registration is open from February 1 through April 15. Paid registrations received by March 15 will receive up to $20 early bird discount on accommodations and workshop fees. Workshop fees are unchanged from 2018, but accommodation fees have changed slightly to reflect the 7% MA sales tax that was not included last year. More detailed information is available here.

Our bobbin this year is from Chris Parsons and features a painting of the Rolling Ridge retreat house. Please note that to guarantee delivery for retreat, the deadline for ordering a commemorative bobbin is March 1. Late orders will be accepted, but these will be delivered after retreat.


  • Single rooms are very limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first paid basis
  • Check in time is no earlier than 5pm on Thursday for afternoon arrivals
  • All lunches and dinners are “Chef’s Choice”, and are served either buffet or family-style.
  • Meal times are: Breakfast 8.00am; Lunch 12:00pm; Dinner 6:00pm
  • Class hours are 9am to noon and 2pm to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9am to noon on Sunday
  • We are welcome to bring wine/beer to enjoy in the evenings, but no bottles or cans in their trash, please. We will need to take them home.
  • Checkout time from guestrooms is 10am on Sunday morning
  • Lake Cochichewick holds the drinking water supply for North Andover. Swimming is NOT permitted; however, kayaks and canoes are available for use on the lake. Please visit the retreat house office to complete the paperwork.

Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center is located at:

600 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845.Office phone: (978) 682-8815.

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