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


  • Virtual Congress 2024 Registration Opens 5 February 2024

    Virtual Congress information regarding courses, lectures, BINGO and exhibitions is available on the website. It is so exciting!  Eight (8) international teachers will be conducting courses. Seven (7) lace professionals will be presenting lectures AND we will again play Lace BINGO!  

    Virtual Congress Schedule
    Class sessions will be 3 hours and meet 4 times.

    Session A – 15, 18, 22, 25 July 2024 – Monday & Thursday
    Session B – 16, 19, 23, 26 July 2024 – Tuesday & Friday
    Lectures – 17, 20, 21, 24 July 2024

    2024 Virtual Congress Exhibition

    This is the time to show off your lace!  The 2024 Virtual Congress will include a special virtual exhibition of YOUR work.  Do you enjoy your OIDFA publications? Have you made a pattern from an OIDFA publication?

    Share an image of your lace from any OIDFA congress pattern pack, Bulletin, or publication.  
    Details are on the OIDFA web site (Virtual Congress 2024).

    Fees: All participants must be registered to attend Virtual Congress 2024. Virtual registration includes 8 lectures. Virtual registration for members is 26 € (early bird) and 42 € after 31 March. Virtual registration for non-members is 42 € (early bird) and 67 € after 31 March. Registration for the virtual course (12 hours) is 129€ plus the appropriate registration fee.

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Virtual Congress 2024
Class session A – 15,18, 22, 25 July 2024
Class session B – 16,19, 23, 26 July 2024
Lectures – 17, 20, 21, 24 July 2024
Virtual Exhibition
Registration opens 5 February 2024!

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 Virtual Congress is 15 – 26 July 2024. The 21st OIDFA World Lace Congress and General Assembly 2025 will be held in Bulgaria – Karlovo & Kalofer 16 – 18 August 2025. 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.

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

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