The William Morris Gallery was celebrating all things Belgian yesterday evening and invited me to demonstrate lace making, show a small exhibition of my contemporary lace and some images of traditional Belgian lace. Belgian waffles and beer were also available in the café and the music of Jacques Brel wafted around us. Many of the visitors were keen to try out lace making for themselves on the three practice pillows I had and some had even come specially for the lace taster. There was a steady stream of visitors all evening and they were all very enthusiastic and interested to learn about lace in general and Belgian lace in particular. The Belgian theme came about because the gallery is hosting an exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Frank Brangwyn who was a great supporter of the William Morris Gallery and also the Brangwyn Museum in Bruges, the city where he was born.
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