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Lace Guild
Bizzilla (The Malta Lace Guild)


  • To provide a focal point for lacemakers and those people interested in other related crafts
  • To promote the interests of lace makers and other people interested in related crafts and to act as a unified voice on their behalf, nationally and internationally
  • To improve and protect the status and reputation of Maltese lace and lacemakers.
  • To promote Maltese lace and its history locally and internationally.
  • To promote all other handmade textile crafts locally and internationally.


Bizzilla (Malta Lace Guild) was set up in April 2000 by the first group of students attending the Lacemaking Programme based at the University of Malta, Gozo Centre and the course coordinator Mrs Consiglia Azzopardi.

In order to keep its members informed and to fulfill its aims the Guild publishes a quarterly magazine, 'Is-Seher tal-Bizzilla' first issued in July 2000. The magazine features a free pattern with every issue, together with articles associated with lace and textile crafts. It contains a Challenge, hints and tips for better workmanship and, often, a competition.

The Guild organises various workshops in both local and foreign laces and other textile crafts, technical drawing and other aspects of pattern making, open to members and non-members alike.

The main annual event is Malta Lace Day sponsored by the Malta Crafts Council. The first Malta Lace Day was successfully held on 15th September 2002 at Birkirkara Local Council. Since then it has been held at St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta, the Waterfront and at Casa Rocca Piccola, Valletta in conjunction with the Maltese Lace Competition exhibition. On the 10th anniversary it was held in the Green Rooms at the Phoenicia Hotel and has since been held at the Catholic Institute.

Hon President: Consiglia Azzopardi
Chair/Editor: Margaret Crocker
Secretary: Anna Maria Gatt
Treasurer: Angela Peel
Member: Carmen Cushieri
Evelyn Mizzi

Contact Us

If you are interested in joining the Lace Guild, or if you wish to advertise in the publication Is-Seher, please contact the Lace Guild via email on bizzilla@gmail.com

© 2012 Consiglia Azzopardi
'Sliem', 28th April 1688 Str., Sannat, SNT 1115, Gozo Malta.
(+356) 21553299 / (+356) 79270064, consiglia@malteselace.eu