LACE has an appeal that is truly worldwide. Many lacemakers and lovers of lace belong to organisations that support and encourage the traditions of lacemaking in their own countries. OIDFA is different, indeed unique, in that it is an organization for lacemakers of different countries (currently over 40) with a focus that transcends nationality.

“Lace added an extra dimension to my life – a life filled with friends, meetings with like-minded people, offering me opportunities for travel and adventure, opening up new directions, and providing multifaceted answers to the questions that interested me.” Bistra Pisancheva, Bulgaria

Registration will be available on the Member Only page in December. Click here for additional information.


  • Renewing your OIDFA membership

    Memberships Fees 2024

    Payments received before January 1st 2024 receive a discount.  The early-bird rate is for both renewals and new members.

    • For members in Europe €42 (Early-bird rate €38)
    • For members outside Europe €45 (Early-bird rate €41)
    • Digital-only membership. For members requiring only a digital copy of the Bulletin, the fee is €35 – includes all other benefits as described below.

    Individual members receive OIDFA’s attractive and informative magazine, the Bulletin, four times a year, pay a reduced registration fee when attending OIDFA Congresses, attend free OIDFA lectures throughout the year, have access to the Member Only Page on the website, and can register for OIDFA sponsored courses with international teachers.

    To become a member or renew, contact the National Treasurer in your country as listed inside the front cover of the Bulletin.  If you are a new member or the information is not available, please contact  A generic membership form is available on the website membership page

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Virtual Congress 2024
Class session one – 15,18, 22, 25 July 2024
Class session two – 16,19, 23, 26 July 2024
Lectures – 17, 20, 21, 24 July 2024
Be part of the international committee planning the event or for suggestions use the contact form on to send a message.

21st OIDFA World Lace Congress and General Assembly 2025
It is official!  OIDFA Congress 2025 will be held in Bulgaria – Karlovo & Kalofer
The Congress includes Bulgaria’s national lace festival on 15 August 2025 and continues with Congress, exhibits, lectures, events, and vendors 16-18 August 2025.
Classes 11-14 August 2025
Tour 19-23 August 2025

OIDFA’s activities reflect its international focus. The most obvious manifestation of this are the biennial Congresses, which have been held every two years since the first one in Le Puy-en-Velay in 1982. The next Congress is 4th–6th August, 2023, and will be a hybrid Congress held virtually and on-site in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and Gorizia (Italy). See the Congress page for more details. The Congress allows lacemakers from all over the world to meet other people who have the same field of interest, to exhibit their lace works, to exchange ideas, and to transmit knowledge about their art.

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