Uralla will bring historical lace to the public with the Lace Chase

LACE CHASE: Vicki Taylor and Rachael Ainsworth are both creators of handmade lace. The pair will help bring the Lace Chase to Uralla to boost the local economy.

LACE CHASE: Vicki Taylor and Rachael Ainsworth are both creators of handmade lace. The pair will help bring the Lace Chase to Uralla to boost the local economy.

BRINGING adrenaline to what was once considered a dying art, the Uralla Lace Chase is set to kick off on Friday.

The chase is designed to get visitors to Uralla to visit local shops and see some historical styles of lace making along the way.

Organiser Vicki Taylor has been making lace since the early 1980’s and learned the craft from Elma Pearson in Armidale who ran a lace making class.

“A lot of people say that you must have to be patient to create lace,” she said.

“But it’s probably more about perseverance.”

Ms Taylor said she thought the Lace Chase would be an educational activity that would bring a boost to the local economy.

“The idea is to encourage people to learn about the lace that we’re making and one way to do that we thought might be to provide every business in Uralla with a picture of lace,” she said.

“They’re all handmade and locally made and the idea is for visitors to the town to take a pamphlet and go find the laces in the businesses.

“We hope it encourages people to go into every business in town and buy some things along the way.”

The Lace Chase aims to provide a historical background to the lace and organisers plan to design a challenge for school children.

Pamphlets with the Lace Chase details can be picked up from the Uralla Visitors Information Centre.

The Lace Chase will launch on Friday December 2 at 5pm at the Uralla Council Library.

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