For those who love hand made lace.
This is part of a collar from around 1890-1910. It is made in Sweden. I wonder if someone recognises the pattern or figures in the pattern. It is from Vadstena, but I suspect it is influenced from France, Flandern etc....
I have an answer from Lorelei:
"Karin - I don't recognize the pattern, but do recognize the elements. This is an example of what we call point ground lace. Point ground is the name, in English, of the background stitches. There is a thick thread, gimp, surrounding the motifs. Point ground laces were made in virtually every country that had a bobbin lace tradition during the 19th and early 20th century. Most of the technique and working methods were the same, from one country to another, and the differences are very subtle. This piece has elements similar to English laces (the short wide tallies arranged as a vein) but isn't really similar in style. It is similar in many respects to Tonder, the Danish version of point ground lace."
I do agree, Vadstena is influenced by Tönder and Flandern as well. //Karin