This is a little different kind of ID, a question sent to me by a friend - Could this needlework picture perhaps show the woman making lace on a pillow - what do you think?

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It could be. It looks like a domed pillow, and there seem to be pins there. You can see the pattern (as dots) and possibly the lace, if it's black.  The woman is showing a girl how to make lace, I assume. My queries are - what is the woman holding in her right hand? It can't be a bobbin, at that angle. And is the other woman contributing to whatever is going on? (I don't believe in two people making the same piece of lace at the same time!)

Somehow my reply does not seem to have made it - perhaps because I tried to upload an image?  I will try again.  As I see it this woman could be making lace on a domed box type of pillow with a surface at the back to secure the finished end of the lace across it, as I see  here - https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18380901/http://  .  The pattern and working surface would be closer to her .  Not sure what the black items are meant to be.  The other person with the child is a man teaching writing or reading to the child - a cozy family scene.

I see what you mean. But isn't the pattern pinned across the pillow? That was why I thought that the other adult was the lacemaker.

I guess the link did not work - try again - https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18380901/ 

Maybe you have to type it in if the link does not get you to the pillow.

I know the extra panel on the back of the pillow is supposed to function like a moveable block, being attached at the working end of the pillow when needed, but it appears to also serve as a place to drape the finished lace at the back.  Perhaps that is what the artist was trying to show with the strip of lace across the back.  I really don't think that is a pattern.

It may depict bobbin lace, or passamenterie. The adult on the right puzzled me for a while, but he/she may be holding a pricker, and is in the process of pricking a strip of something. The child is holding the card or parchment.

Paula - I thought of the same kind of pillow as in your example.

I think the person on the left is the lacemaker. The right hand adult is teaching the child something. I am guessing it might be how to make a pricking. (You have to start somewhere!)

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