Idrija Lacemakers Association first organised the #Lacecollage campaign in the winter of 2020, when the coronavirus made everyday life difficult and interpersonal contact impossible. The original intention was to reconnect lacemakers, at least through electronic media. Many lacemakers felt part of the community again, and the first New Year's #Lacecollage campaign already had a good response.
Although intrapersonal contacts were later allowed again, the campaign remained and expanded its mission. It makes the pre-holiday days more beautiful. It connects bobbin, sewn lace and embroidery enthusiasts around the world. It also proves that we can make countless possible laces from a basic pattern just by combining different colours, bobbin lace techniques, used threads and bobbin accessories. That is proof that lacemaking is alive and worth encouraging. At the same time, it's interesting to watch lacemaking practices elsewhere in Slovenia and the world. So far, thread makers from Australia, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Malta, Croatia and Slovenia have joined the campaign.
Twice a year, the Idrija Lacemakers Association publishes an open call to participate in #Lacecollage action on its Facebook profile. It consists of basic patterns and instructions for participation. Each participant can transform a basic lace pattern, make lace and send photographs of her work. The Association then publishes the submitted photos and combines them into a collage at the end of the campaign. It is their way to symbolically connect the beautiful thoughts of participants and their rich lacemaking skills.