OIDFA Congresses have been held every two years since the first one in Le Puy-en-Velay in 1982. A special Lace Event was recently held in Zaandam, The Netherlands, and the next Congress will be in Tartu (Estonia) in 2021.

The formats of different Congresses vary, but there are always lectures on lace topics, and exhibitions of lace by member countries — especially the host nation — and by OIDFA Work and Study groups. Suppliers are on hand with lace and textile items from different countries, and there are generally trips to museums and places of local interest. The Congress also includes the General Assembly of the organization. Congress is usually preceded by three and a half-day workshops focussing on laces of the host country, and is followed by a five-day tour of the country, visiting places of particular interest to lacemakers.

Tartu Congress Cancelled

It is with great regret that the Executive Committee (EC) and the Estonian Congress Organising Committee (ECOC) have decided to cancel the 2020/21 Congress in Tartu.

On behalf of OIDFA, the EC would like to thank the members of the ECOC, Angelika Nöps, Aire Kattai, Priit Halberg, Ragne Lindstrom, Ave Talts, Kadri Tomasson and Tuuliki Vuks, for their dedicated hard work over the last six years to prepare for this Congress. None of us could have predicted that we would be experiencing a pandemic and that it would have such devastating effects on our lives and our plans.

Publicon will contact participants regarding refunds.


The competition went ahead, as entries had been received before the cancellation of the Congress. Of course, judging was ‘virtual’ — on the basis of photographs. We show the prize winners below.

Gallery of Competition Prize-Winners

The theme of the competition for Tartu was ‘Fairy Tale’. Below is a virtual gallery of the prize-winning entries. Click (or tap) on a thumbnail to start. Move from one image to the next using the direction arrows, arrow keys or by swiping (mobile). Click or tap on the ‘×’ to finish.


Popular Choice

The winner of the on-line voting for the popular choice was Hiromi Uchiyama (Japan):

The other entries can be seen in the gallery below (which works like the one above):

I 002 : Innocent Curiosity (for my mentor H) — Sachiko Okajima (Japan)
I 003 : Fairytale of my life — Jarmila Rybánska (Slovakia)
I 004 : Winter wonderland — Tatjana Maslova (Russia)
I 005 : Little Red riding hood — Christine Koukoulari (Greece)
I 006 : The Little Mermaid — Margarita Rogova (Russia)
I 008 : Cinderella — Sylvie Légaré (Canada)
I 012 : Christmas — Olga Arhipova (Russia)
I 015 : Albireo — Hiromi Uchiyama (Japan)
I 025 : Butterfly Dance — Lidija Miliuhhina (Russia)
I 026 : The Milky Way — Istvánné Turós (Hungary)
I 027 : My Dream and reality are the same — Bedő Istvánné (Hungary)
I 029 : Beauty of Butterfly Wings — Marie Maděrová (Slovakia)
I 034 : Cinderalice — Alice Skennar (Australia)
I 035 : Baba Yaga — Sabrina Pinato (Italy)
I 036 : Cat and Fox deceive Pinocchio — Agnese Molinelli (Italy)
I 037 : Pinocchio — Agnese Molinelli (Italy)
I 038 : Little red riding hood — Gerda Maria Herff (Germany)
I 039 : The princess and the pea — Katherine Brandle (UK)
I 040 : Dragon pilgrim to India — Europa Chang-Dawson (UK)
I 041 : Wonder Mirror — Katalin Szarvas (Hungary)
I 042 : NZ-Taniwha — Jessie Snedden (New Zealand)
I 043 : The Princess and the sea — M. Mercè Rovira i Regas (Spain)
I 044 : Alice in Wonderland — Anna Voronova (Russia)
I 045 : Dreaming, building up worlds of fairytales — Teresa Yanutolo Vives (Spain)
I 047 : Silver hoof — Jelena Zubkova (Russia)
G 009 : Pinocchio — Carla Zanchi, Elena Bartolini (Italy)
G 023 : Fairies of the Season — Alsoörsi csipkemühely (Hungary)
G 030 : By the Pike’s Command — Studio Lacemaker (Russia)
Y 007 : Golden Water — Martina Jurman and others (Slovenia)
Y 010 : A fairy tale, something beautiful, colourful and playful — Rebeka Cankar (Slovenia)
Y 011 : A book of fairy tales — Nina Cankar (Slovenia)
Y 013 : Fairytale castle — Terezija Praznik (Slovenia)
Y 014 : The Fairytale cottage — Markéta Fabiánková (Czech Republic)
Y 016 : Unicorn — Ema Klančnik (Slovenia)
Y 017 : Maya the Bee — Nika Mravlja (Slovenia)
Y 018 : Pippi Longstocking — Group from Idrija lace school (Slovenia)
Y 019 : The Fairy-tale Tree — Kristjan Likar (Slovenia)
Y 020 : The bird of paradise — Sofia Zoppellarone Lapanje (Slovenia)
Y 021 : Little Mermaid — Eneja Pregelj (Slovenia)
Y 022 : Dragon — Mateja Lavrenčič (Slovenia)
Y 028 : Fashion Designer — Marta Liliana Iles (Hungary)
Y 031 : The Steadfast Tin Soldier — Vera Mirošnitšenko (Russia)
Y 032 : Pinocchio and Malvina — Jekaterina Maksimova (Russia)
Y 033 : Cheerful striped raccoon — Ekaterina Novikova (Russia)