About Us

Our members come from the greater Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, Virginia, and the surrounding states. Various study groups meet regularly throughout the area. Membership is open to anyone interested in the art of lacemaking or in collecting or studying lace. Never tried lacemaking before? Several of our members are proficient teachers and are happy to teach new students.


Join us!

Annual dues are $20. Members are eligible to borrow videos from the Guild's library at no charge. Annual Lace days are held the fourth Saturday of April and October. Ready to join in the fun and become a member? Select this link to download a membership application (PDF).


CRLG Board Meetings

Board meetings are held quarterly (usually on the third Saturday of March, June, September, and December) at the Palisades Neighborhood Library (4901 V Ave NW, Washington,DC). Board meetings are open to all members. Click here to contact the Board.


Lacemaking at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution’s American History Museum on The National Mall has re-opened! Behind-the-Scenes tours of laces in the Smithsonian’s collection are available on the fourth Thursday of every month (except November, December and on federal holidays) between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Samples of most of the major types of lace made from the 16th through the 19th centuries can be viewed, and paintings showing lace in fashion as well as the historical and economic factors influencing the lives of the lacemakers and the lace consumers will be discussed. The tours are free, but please email Karen Thompson to register, as each tour can accommodate a maximum of eight people.

From 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday, volunteers from CRLG will demonstrate lacemaking in the public area of the American History Museum (ask information desk for location). Please stop by or send your friends. If you are able to help out by demonstrating needle lace or being a substitute when needed, Karen Thompson would like to hear from you.



A bobbin lace pillow with Bucks Point Lace in progress




Honiton Lace handkerchief, 19th Century