Our favorite places
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.
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
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland (temporarily closed for renovation)
SFSNAD: the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
The Sewing Room Alameda: in-person and virtual classes
Foundations Revealed: a dressmaker and corsetry community resource
Ravelry: an enormous online community of crocheters, knitters, and fiber artists
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!
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
Lace & Lace-Making Resources
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 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
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
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 places that are within walking distance from our location.)
Zing! Cafe serves sandwiches, salads and pastries, is open until 5PM and has a beautiful patio
Crixa Cakes is a Russian bakery about ten minutes' walk from Lacis (closed Mon./Tues.; open til 3PM)
Sweet Adeline is the perfect place to grab a quality treat (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!