William McConnell

Best Lace Repair, August 2010

There are more than 200 kinds of lace in existence, but almost no one (outside of museum experts) knows how to repair them all. William McConnell doesn’t advertise, but somehow people hear of the Covina specialist who can save the bedspread that should never have seen the inside of a washing machine or the Reem Acra dress ripped during a wedding dance. McConnell grew up in El Monte surrounded by family members who sewed. By the time he was six, he was happily crocheting. He demonstrates lace-making skills at the annual Renaissance festival in Corona and teaches the craft through the auspices of the Freeway Lace Guild. When he does take on a project—not all lace can be saved—he charges $15 an hour. The guy deserves a raise.