Five Metre Club

Picture2Practice makes perfect, so the saying goes. In the Gazette Winter 1995 issue the 5-Metre Club was first introduced, on the premise that a good way to practise lace is to repeat the same pattern numerous times. In so doing, you might learn something about lacemaking in general, and the chosen pattern in particular.

To be eligible for the Canadian Lacemaker Gazette 5-Metre Club you must have made at least 5 metres (5 and a half yards) of one pattern. Candidates submit proof of their yardage, by photo and email or letter from a witness, to the Gazette.

Lacemakers who have joined the Five Metre Club are from Canada, USA, France, Australia, New Zealand, England and the Netherlands! There have been 184 projects recorded so far, to Dec, 2022. The first five metres was completed in 1992 and helped launch the club. The year 2022 marks thirty years since the first length was completed. Some have continued on their lace after the five metre mark.

We’d like to know what you learned from the exercise and any details about the time it took, materials used, what happened that might be of interest to our readers. Let us know what you have done, or plan to do, with your lengthy accomplishment!

Note: You must be a current subscriber or include a $10.00 processing fee to be admitted to the club. This covers costs for the edition and the certificate mailed to your address. We take cheque or money order, Paypal or bank eTransfer. The fee can be applied to a subscription instead. See Subscription Form for more info.

Ready to join the club? Questions?

Contact the editor, (Note: add the email to your contact list).

Exclusive Bobbin Offer for Five Metre Club members!

Upon application to join the club, you may purchase a 5mC commemorative bobbin, or a pair, but not more than two bobbins per member per certification. If you are applying to the club for a second time (or more), you may purchase one, or a pair of bobbins accordingly.

Prices are as follows: Midlands = $14.50 each. Continental = $12.50 each. Please add $3.50 for postage and bubble envelope packaging per order. P & P is the same for one or two bobbins.

The inscription on the bobbins reads: CLG Five Metre Club / Le club cinq mètres

Details of your order, including your full mailing address, along with CAD or USD funds (cheque or money order) or CAD equivalent in your currency should be sent to:

Canadian Lacemaker Gazette
18 Gelley Cove
Winnipeg, Manitoba   R3Y 0C3

Email: Send to (add the email to your contact list) to make payment by Paypal, or any other queries. PayPal: Please add $2 to help cover fees which are deducted from your payment. Bank e-Transfer is also accepted.