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Our favorite resources

We call it "falling down the rabbit hole."
      The internet is full of people to meet and places to explore. For your inspiration, we've compiled a special index of our favorite destinations—virtual and in-person. Consider this a mini-travel guide touching on textile and visual art, museums, and other educational, community-enriching spaces around the East Bay Area.

Museums    •   Textile education    •   Local communities and resources
Vintage and antique markets    •   Shop local    •   What to eat


The Lace Museum of Sunnyvale, California

THE DeYOUNG MUSEUM of San Francisco

The Legion of Honor, San Francisco

SFMOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Oakland Museum of California

BAMPFA, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Aftelier Perfume's Aftel Archive of Curious Scents (open Saturday)

The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley (open Wednesday through Sunday)

The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland (now open on weekends)

Textile Education

SFSNAD: the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

The Sewing Room Alameda: in-person and virtual classes

Little Bird Studio: one-on-one in-person lessons, virtual classes for larger groups

Foundations Revealed: a supportive dressmaker and corsetry community resource

Ravelry: an enormous online community of crocheters, knitters, and fiber artists, and a marketplace for their patterns & ideas

Textile Arts Council: a support group of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Lulu's Sewing Patterns & Guides for Historical Clothing & Costumes: This link was suggested for inclusion here by Katie, a local Girl Scout who found it helpful when working on her Textile Artist Badge!

The Association of Dress Historians: A non-profit educational charity organization from England/Wales that supports and promotes the study and professional practice of the history of dress, textiles, and accessories of all cultures and regions of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute: Their resources on "Taking Care" breaks down how you should be storing/handling your precious antiques and vintage items! Scroll down to the "Textiles" subsection—there's a LOT of valuable information

All About Basket-Weaving: This is a great introduction to the craft of basket-weaving written by NYC-based florist Ava Rose. It was suggested for inclusion on this page by Jess, a passionate student of the textile arts (mainly weaving). Her grandmother has been imparting many decades' of valuable textile arts wisdom to her for many years!

Textile Research Center - Leiden, the Netherlands: This is an online incredible resource for anyone hunting for obscure information! "The two main focal points of the TRC are (a) dress and identity: what people wear in order to say who they are and (b) textile technology, both pre-industrial and industrial, as well as items such as sewing, lace making and embroidery." We can only imagine how cool this place would be in real life...!!

Local communities, lace resources, etc.

GBACG, the Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild

The Art Deco Society of California, est. 1981

PEERS, Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society, Inc.

The Vintage Fashion Guild, an online resource for connoisseurs, collectors

DFZ, the Doily Free Zone Contemporary Lace Symposium

IOLI, the International Organization of Lace, Inc.

LACE FOR iPHONE, a reference tool for identifying lace

Vintage, antiques, & secondhand shopping

The French Market Marin, an outdoor antiques fair, convenes on the second Sunday of each month

Alameda Point Antiques Fair, a similar event, convenes on the first Sunday of each month

Black Swan Antiques, formerly our neighbor around the corner, has a plethora of one-of-a-kind treasures from the past—something for everyone! Check them out on Instagram: they're @BlackSwanOnline

Addison Antiques likewise maintains a fabulously-curated collection of vintage and antique delights, just down Telegraph Ave.

Jack's Antiques, right across the street from Lacis, is always worth a visit, if you're an aesthete or antique-lover

Antiques and Modern, also across the street from Lacis, carries a stunning selection of those sleek, atomic-era teak wood furnishings that make our hearts beat faster

Shop Local

Our frequent visitors often include talented independent craftspeople, small-business owners, and innovative entrepreneurs.
      We would love to share their work with you all.

Karen Tierney is a designer specializing in textile restoration, bridal fashions, costuming & alterations

Cloche Call Designs is operated by milliner Cybele Baker; she makes fine ladies' hats

Jennifer Osner is a purveyor of fine antique textiles

Dianne Ayres does contemporary production of Arts & Crafts textiles—perfect for your historic home

Baby Cats California designs and creates unique garments (for babies)—using fabric hand-printed in their studios in Oakland, CA—as well as gorgeous accessories (for everyone). We are big fans of their stickers and tote bags!!

Stoll Custom Framing has experience framing and preserving fragile & antique textile pieces!

What to Eat Around Lacis

Planning a day trip to the museum, and want to figure out in advance what's good to eat in our vicinity?
     This is Berkeley! You're spoiled for options. (If you're traveling by car, you can also check out VisitBerkeley.com; we're only listing establishments that are within easy walking distance from our location.)

Zing! Cafe serves sandwiches, salads and pastries, is open until 5PM and has a beautiful brick patio, shady with gigantic umbrellas & growing increasingly lush with plants every day

Crixa Cakes is a Russian bakery about ten minutes' walk from Lacis (closed Mon., Tues., Sun.; open til 3PM)

Sweet Adeline is the perfect place to grab a treat (those mouthwatering pastries and cakes...!!!) of the BEST quality, baked in-house (closed Mon./Tues.; open til 3PM)

Berkeley Bowl has temporarily shut their cafeteria area, but they're still a legendary grocery store!

Flacos has vegetarian tacos (and tamales, and pozole)—and outdoor seating (closed Mon.)

Cafe Buenos Aires: a warm, inclusive atmosphere, incredible empanadas & pastries—including beignets! They also have beer and wine

Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant & Café: named after a handwoven Ethiopian basket for injera (sourdough flatbread)! Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony! Opens at noon & closed on Tuesdays

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