I make lace! Here are some of my projects.

You will need

  • A box (sturdier than cardboard, but probably doesn’t need to be airtight — the person I adapted this method from kept her lace in a wooden drawer)
  • ARCHIVAL QUALITY acid-free tissue paper. Don’t use some tissue paper you pulled out of the top of a gift bag. Your lace is going to be touching this surface for decades. Do it right.
  • Archival quality card stock. Again, your lace will be in contact with this so don’t skimp.
  • Tag punch
  • Hole punch, if your tag punch doesn't include a hole
  • A Sharpie for writing on the tags. Yes, specifically a Sharpie. You could try to find another pen that you're sure won't smear or rub off I guess but seriously just get a Sharpie.
  • Sturdy notebook with numbered pages and no glitter or anything that might come off
    • You could also number the pages yourself, but the numbers are important
  • A pen for writing in the notebook — any pen you like. You can use the Sharpie but it tends to show through the pages.
  • A plastic pencil case


  1. Make some lace.
  2. In the notebook, record any information about the piece of lace you just made that you want to keep track of. Pattern, thread, date completed, etc. Make note of the page number you wrote on.
  3. Punch out a tag from the archival card stock and write the page number (or numbers, if you had a lot to say) on it with the Sharpie.
  4. Tie the tag to the lace with some thread
  5. Put down a layer of tissue paper in the bottom of the box
  6. Carefully lay the tagged lace flat on top of the tissue paper
  7. Put down another layer of tissue paper on top of the lace
  8. Put your extra tissue paper, extra card stock, tag punch, hole punch, and notebook in the box
  9. Put your pens in the pencil case and put the pencil case in the box. (Why the pencil case? Well, if you open your lace box one day to find an exploded pen, do you want it contained or not?)
  10. Make more lace, log it, tag it, and layer it with tissue paper

There you go — all your lace and everything you need for archiving it in one place.


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