Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles is a gem. Truly, the whole world is jealous of Berkeley because we have this amazing resource right here. Every esoteric textile-related class that you can imagine can be found at Lacis Museum of Lace and Texiles. Feather work, smocking, corsetry, hat box making, knitting, tambour embroidery and everything in between, around and under and over are offered as classes at Lacis—all taught by local artists and professionals. You can find most of the historical pattern companies items in stock, and the matching coutil, boning (both white steel and coil), lace, feathers, hat blanks, books, swifts, ribbons, examples of vintage and antique clothing, and the best selection of esoteric tools ever, like the Bosnian Crochet Bone, or Pjoning Hook. Where else could you find that hanging on a rack? It’s enough to make a textilephile giddy.
The best depository of textile supplies and knowledge resides just steps away from you. Go take a look and see for yourself the huge array of possibilities that wait for you. The love of the textile arts is so much more than JoAnne’s limited fabric section, and simple mainstream patterns. You don’t need those silly patterns anyway. Lacis has many more interesting things for you to sink your needle into. Go. Now. Enjoy!
Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles is located at
2982 Adeline Street
Berkeley, California 94703
Upcoming classes can be found here.