Sunday, April 29, 2007

Victorian Lace, Luncheon, and Tea

The Prairie Mill Lacemakers outdid themselves putting on a beautiful day full of activities.

It was like being transported back in time.

They greeted us in their lovely Victorian-era costumes at the Historic Chamberlain Hotel in Midway Village, and bade us relax and do our handwork.

Many types of lace were represented: bobbin lace, crocheted and knitted lace, tatting of course, and many varieties of needle lace.

The luncheon was incredibly delicious! All made by the group, nothing catered...a superb quiche, delightful spinach salad, fresh fruit, sparkling non-alcoholic champagne.

We also enjoyed a tea with plates and cups that were collectors items. Even the sugar was shaped and colored like violets to match the decor!

There were homemade scones, candies, a cake baked from an authentic Victorian-era recipe, and other goodies.

Goodies for our lace craft stash were also available for purchase at the trunk sale provided by "The Lacemaker" shop.
We even received a visit from the "widow" in full Victorian deep mourning garb, who gave a well documented presentation on the funeral customs of that era.

Door prizes were given out throughout the day... I won a stained glass suncatcher that featured violets and lace on it.

We were given handmade parting gifts of a pincushion with a bobbin lace flower, a cute bear pin, and violets and lace decorated cookies.

A day I will never forget!


Maggie Ann said...

What a fabulous day you must have had..I've loved seeing the pictures! And the history involved with the recipes down to the lace and costumes...ahh, what a treat! You'd think I got to go...grin. Thanks to you, I 'sort of' did. Enjoyed your post VERY much, thanks...=)

Maggie Ann said...

Have I somehow missed your email concerning the local consignment shop?