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Early Bobbin Lace

Early Bobbin Lace is the lace designed up until the mid 17th century, or approximately 1650.  These early laces were often made freehand, but they are not the same as what has become known as the peasant free hand laces of many regions.  All aspects of early lace are welcome for discussion here, including revival era laces, publications new and old, materials, etc.

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Examples + Resources

http://laceioli.ning.com/group/early-bobbin-lace/page/book-list 

From Caroluskantjes.

From LePompe 

Nuw Modelbuoch available as a free download

       http://www.e-rara.ch/zuz/content/titleinfo/1658127 ;

From Rosemary Shepherd 

Gillian Dye's early lace website + her books https://earlylace.wordpress.com/home/ ;

Another, source unknown 

https://earlylace.wordpress.com/where-to-see-early-lace-2

Katherine Davies,various sources, including Art Institute of Chicago

Lena Dahren, Med kant av guld och silver, En studie av knypplade barder och uddar av meetall 1550-1640,  This study examines bobbin-made borders and edgings in gold and silver during the period 1550-1640. The Swedish collections that were studied are unusually well provenanced, which is very important when studying lace, as there were so many copies of lace made in the 19th century. It is a dissertation presented to Uppsala Universitet in 2010. It is in Swedish, but there are so many beautiful color photos and diagrams that it is still a useful book for the non-Swedish speaker, although it would be even more useful if it were to be translated. One thing that sets it apart is that the author is a skilled lacemaker as well as a scholar. The address given for distribution is guld.silver.kant@gmail.com but Lena informs me that the only dealer who carries it is Barbara Fay Verlag so potential buyers should contact Barbara Fay Verlag.

The successor to the OIDFA Freehand Lace Study Group-https://sites.google.com/site/freehandlace2/

Book List    

http://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/genoese-lepompe-nuwe-modelbuch/

These may be a little late--mid 17th c   http://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/early-straight-laces/

Discussion Forum

Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520-1620 11 Replies

Of great interest to Early Lace enthusiasts is the exhibit Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520-1620, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. This features the…Continue

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Started by Devon Thein. Last reply by Carolina de la Guardia Mar 17, 2016.

Spangles on lace 15 Replies

I was curious about what research has been done regarding spangles on early lace.I was reading a copy of Extracts from the Accounts of the Revels at Court in the Reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King…Continue

Started by Nancy M. Terselic. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Dec 17, 2014.

Tips for planning a museum visit for lace 6 Replies

Greetings!I'm planning to visit a museum which has several samples of 16th and 17th C bobbin lace.  Based on the website, only one piece of the period lace is out on display, and it seems that most…Continue

Started by Nancy M. Terselic. Last reply by Kathleen Minniti Jul 21, 2014.

Looking for large pins 3 Replies

Kim Davis or any one else who might know, I need some of those large pins that look nails that are so great for making early lace. I bought some from The Lacemaker in the past, but the business don't…Continue

Started by Rebecca Mikkelsen. Last reply by Rebecca Mikkelsen Jun 24, 2014.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 27, 2013 at 9:45pm

Suggested by Kathy Whitaker

book is in Danish, with English and German translations, but the front page is not cmopletely translated.

Katia Johansen  The Danish title is Chrisian IV og kniplingerne af Katia Johansen: Kniplemonstre  fra 1600-og 1900-tallet. Englishis Christian IV and bobbin lace: Bobbin lace patterns from the 1600s and 1900s.Publisher is Udgivet af Foreningen Knipling i Danmark 2001. ISBN is 87-988400-0-2. Includes 50 prickings.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on December 1, 2013 at 3:08pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on November 22, 2013 at 4:18pm

Lace still attached to its ruff.  With a statement of where the ruff is, and where other intact ruffs are.

https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/993436_10151969410... 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151969410882769&set=a... 

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on November 15, 2013 at 2:27pm

Nancy - I remember seeing some gold laces at the Art Institute of Chicago back in the 1980s, which had a similar flat strip.  I wasn't allowed to touch the lace, of course, but I looked closely.  It appeared to be a flat strip 1/8 to 3/16 inches wide.  It was probably gilt paper or parchment, rather than a flat strip of gold metal.  It seemed to meander through the design much as a gimp would do.  So I'm thinking that something similar might  be happening in this piece.

Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on November 15, 2013 at 12:16am

Try this - it is the 3rd one you linked to below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/perignon/9447862493/in/pool-bobbinlace/

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on November 14, 2013 at 10:55pm

Selena - possibly the Danish version of point ground?

Nancy - your link didn't work.

Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on November 14, 2013 at 5:04pm

I'm fascinated by the metal "ribbon" gimp running through this one:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/perignon/9447862493/in/pool-879847@N24/

In two places where it is missing, it looks like there is a bundle of 4 threads underneath.  I wonder if the ribbon was used to cover / hide the bundles?  How useful - it's so well preserved you can tell how many passes are in the fans by counting the picots.

 

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on November 14, 2013 at 3:20pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on November 8, 2013 at 12:10pm
Comment by Nancy M. Terselic on October 27, 2013 at 12:33am

I just posted photos of my early period lace attempts on my photo page - 4 from Le Pompe and 3 from Nuw Modelbuoch.  I'm not sure how to get them linked or to show in this group area, but they are numbers 29 through 35, with 36 being a modern pattern with a fan done like an old piece I found pictures of.

 
 
 

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