For those who love hand made lace.
For discussions of lace history and lace identification. You can post a photo into a comment box for a lace you want to discuss. Bobblin lace history. About historic lace. Kinds of lace. Distinguish types of lace.
We can identify a piece of lace for you, but we need good detail. At least one photo with this kind of detail is necessary. Otherwise we are just guessing. A shot of the whole thing is useful because that shows us the style. Style gives us clues to date and possibly geographical origin. But we need the detail shot to tell us how it was made.
Latest Activity: Feb 10
Jean Leader's new website, different types of lace - https://www.lacetypes.com/
To compare needle lace, tatting and crochet, Kathleen Minniti's sampler.
My antique lace boards on Pinterest
My collection of boards on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/
Jo Edkins lace collection online: http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/lace/collection/index.htm
A university based website specializing in the social history attached to lacemaking
For recognizing Swedish bobbin lace: http://elsapetersonsspetsaffar.com/
TAPE LACE WITH PARTS NOT ALL BOBBIN MADE
LACES WITH OTHER MACHINE MADE PARTS - net
This is what it takes to make a cloth stitch strip with a machine. I don't know which machine this is. https://www.facebook.com/brooklynlaceguild/videos/1496541547035682/ ;
See this for a technical explanation of the chemical lace process.
Barmen machine lace Raschel machine lace Leavers machine
machine1 (not sure what machine)
http://www.dressandtextilespecialists.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Lace-Booklet.pdf a booklet which purports to distinguish machine from hand made laces. Some of the diagrams of typical machine structural elements are quite good. But too many of the comparison photos do not have enough detail to verify whether they are in fact machine made or hand made. The photos don't all show the individual threads. Still, the booklet is useful for the diagrams and descriptions of the various machine laces.
RESOURCES TO START LEARNING HOW TO IDENTIFY LACE
THE KOON COLLECTION
The Koon collection CD is a collection of images from the Eunice Sein Koon
Collection of Lace donated to IOLI by Ms. Koon. Ms. Koon was the editor of
Lace Craft Quarterly and a collector of lace. It is not related to the
Minnesota collection to the best of my knowledge. The CD is a series of
Powerpoint slides organized as the collection pieces are numbered. There
are approximately 100 pieces of various types of lace in the Koon
collection. Pictures from the CD could be copied and pasted into another
Powerpoint presentation, or the images could be used to request pieces of
lace from the collection for study by IOLI members. Policy for use of this
lace is described on p. 58 of the IOLI Member Handbook. -- Jo Ann Eurell
LACE STUDY BOX
The IOLI - Internation Organization of Lace, Inc. has a study box of lace fragments that members can borrow.
(I am searching for a link)
IOLI also has a lending library for members' use
A site with good photos of high quality antique laces: http://www.mendes.co.uk/antique.bobbin.lace.p.two.html ;
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