I have a kind of holiday-related lace question.

When I was putting up my schwibbogen today, I remember in the shop that my German friend told me that these holiday ornaments were traditionally used to be a reminder of the work that went on in the region of southern Germany. There are many other styles as well, such as a manger scene, which I have.

The locals were miners, and the arch reportedly symbolizes the mine entrance, but carvings in the center would sometimes show some of the other typical work activity done for income: wood carving and bobbin lace. At the time, I was not a lace maker, and now regret that my version does not have a lace maker on it. 

But my question is: what kind of lace would have been made by these women in Saxony? Not for this year, but it might be an interesting theme to work with in a future holiday season. 

Thanks for any insights. 

Edit to add photo credit: Oliver Merkel

Wikipedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Schwibbogen.jpg

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I don't know the answer for certain, but I have some idea. Two types especially -- Schneeberger tape lace and what I call "continental guipure". ( a name I got from Doris Southard many years ago)  Examples:

https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/tape-lace-braid-lace/schneeb... 

Characteristics of Schneeberger: the tape varies in width, but without adding or reducing the number of pairs in the tape. This is achieved by working inner areas of tape in solid cloth stitch, and working segments near the outer edge in ctct, with additional twists where needed to separate the threads into openwork. The very outermost edge is a braid of 2 pairs, to give a solid edge.

https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/cluny-lepuy-continental-guip...  

Characteristics: a braid based lace -- a straight lace (continuous lace) in which the motifs are connected to each other by braids/plaits. The design motifs are floral or curvilinear (as opposed to Cluny, which is geometric).

From my website, possibly of German origin:

http://lynxlace.com/bobbinlace19thcstraightbar.html 

Interesting--new to me. Thanks for the pointers.

I just looked up the Schneeberg style in wikipedia and that really needs some loving. I'm keeping an eye on the weaker lace entries there (after I created the new Ipswich lace entry, I started looking more closely at the other types). Would like to encourage some more details and images in them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schneeberg_lace

Lorelei Halley Administrator said:

I don't know the answer for certain, but I have some idea. Two types especially -- Schneeberger tape lace and what I call "continental guipure". ( a name I got from Doris Southard many years ago)  Examples:

https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/tape-lace-braid-lace/schneeb... 

Characteristics of Schneeberger: the tape varies in width, but without adding or reducing the number of pairs in the tape. This is achieved by working inner areas of tape in solid cloth stitch, and working segments near the outer edge in ctct, with additional twists where needed to separate the threads into openwork. The very outermost edge is a braid of 2 pairs, to give a solid edge.

https://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/cluny-lepuy-continental-guip...  

Characteristics: a braid based lace -- a straight lace (continuous lace) in which the motifs are connected to each other by braids/plaits. The design motifs are floral or curvilinear (as opposed to Cluny, which is geometric).

From my website, possibly of German origin:

http://lynxlace.com/bobbinlace19thcstraightbar.html 

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