(tatting lace courtesy Inga Ingram)
When Tini Pel returned from visiting a world renowned lace camp in Brugge, Belgium, she was thinkiing about how great it would be to have something similar in Canada.
Tini Pel recognized the problem of having such a camp since lacemakers in Canada and the United States are spread so far apart. However with the help of Dora Hocken, the two were able to organize an annual lace exhibitin in Gore Bay. Then eventually develop into the ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL LACE CAMP.

Last year(1998) the camp celebrated its fifth anniversary and things have been absolutely fabulous. Lace makers from Canada, the United States and England all took part in this years event.

In celebration of the event, the lace makers participated in the first known lace dance held outside of Finland. A lunch was provided by the Gore Bay Museum, and the lace makers made a friendship circle.

Several different syles of lace making were on hand, including boxpoint, torchon, chantilly, finish, cluny, brugge flower, sneebergse, withof and honiton.

Participants took part in "show and tell" sessions, which allows them to help one another out. The opportunity to share ideas with one another is excellent, suggested participant Julie Nicholls, "because lace makers face many of the same problems. When one person finds a solution, everyone has the opportunity to benefit",
"Lace making is a solitary hobby, it's nice to sit here and make lace among like minded people" Nicholls suggested.

(digested from 'Five years of lace camp' by Neil Zacharjewicz)
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