Helen Bell
  • Duvall, WA
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Helen Bell commented on Administrator's group Point Ground Laces
"Hi Holly :-)  Good for you, for your persistence! The books that have directions and working diagrams give you the order of work.  I know, when we've worked with you, we've sometimes switched it up a little to a more logical…"
17 hours ago
Helen Bell commented on Administrator's group Identification-History
"I wondered if it was a type of heavy machine lace.  The wheels are woven around, so they're not crochet, and there's a definite back and forth in places.  It looks to be a very heavy thread ...."
Jan 10
Helen Bell replied to Lorene's discussion Lace Collar~ Totally Lost in the group Identification-History
Jan 8
Helen Bell replied to Lorene's discussion Hoping for some help identifying this piece in the group Identification-History
Jan 8
Helen Bell replied to Lorene's discussion Lace Collar~ Totally Lost in the group Identification-History
"Wow!  Spectacular collar :-) Looks like a mixed lace - Brussels duchesse, with needlelace details in the big ovals.  The needle lace parts would be worked by 1 or more workers.  Someone probably worked the little buttonhole rings,…"
Jan 8
Helen Bell replied to Lorene's discussion Hoping for some help identifying this piece in the group Identification-History
"Yep.  It's machine made, and I think it's Schiffli.  If you're a member of IOLI, you can check their library catalogue (or contact the IOLI Librarian if you need assistance) to see if they have Pat Earnshaw's 2 books on…"
Jan 8
Helen Bell replied to Margo Giroux's discussion Lace ID? I'll bet this will be easy for most of you. in the group Identification-History
"The edging that the lace is mounted to, is called an entredeux.  It's handmade.  Some lacemakers had the job of making yards of entredeux.  That's all they made and got paid for.  There would've been another worker…"
Jan 7
Helen Bell replied to Lorene's discussion Hoping for some help identifying this piece in the group Identification-History
"Nice piece of lace you have there. I can't quite see close enough the way the threads are working in the piece, but it almost looks like a type of Schiffli lace, which is a type of machine lace.  It has a certain look to it, and part of…"
Jan 4
Helen Bell replied to Sheila Antell's discussion New to Beds in the group Bedfordshire
"thank you :-)"
Dec 29, 2016
Helen Bell replied to Sheila Antell's discussion New to Beds in the group Bedfordshire
"Hi Sheila,  Generally speaking, in Beds, you don't push the pins all the way down.  There are a few exceptions to that rule:  if you are joining trails/lace at the completion of a small motif piece, or joining a larger piece like…"
Dec 29, 2016
Helen Bell replied to Jill Schwartz's discussion Could Someone Please Help ID Vintage Lace Lappet? in the group Identification-History
"Lace in Fashion by Pat Earnshaw is excellent for lace and historical dress. Can't go wrong with Lace, a history, by Santina Levey (former curator at the V&A).  Scholarly but excellent and thorough. Heather Toomer has 2 books on Lace ID…"
Jan 30, 2016
Helen Bell replied to Jill Schwartz's discussion Could Someone Please Help ID Vintage Lace Lappet? in the group Identification-History
"Morning, Jill :-)  Actually, times were different back in the day, so multiple people worked on items.  And you worked the lace whether you were bored with the pattern or not, since it was your living.  You progressed from very basic…"
Jan 30, 2016
Helen Bell replied to Jill Schwartz's discussion Could Someone Please Help ID Vintage Lace Lappet? in the group Identification-History
"Hi Jill, I think your piece is probably more of a scarf or stole, with those dimensions, and it's not Chantilly, I'm afraid (hope you didn't have your heart set on Chantilly).  It does look like it's maybe Honiton, with all…"
Jan 29, 2016
Helen Bell replied to Barbara Vanselow's discussion Style of lace in the group Identification-History
"The embroidery appears to be whitework.  Don't think it's Schwalm, but might be Ayrshire.  Not sure that I can tell if it's hand made or machine made.  The 2nd and 3rd pics look to be a type of Schiffli maybe?  I…"
Jan 11, 2016
Helen Bell commented on Administrator's group Point Ground Laces
"Jane, The pricking came with the book published by Ruth Bean, In the Cause of English Lace.  The book is in the RMLG library, and I don't remember if our copy came with the pricking or not.  If it came with the pricking, it should be…"
Nov 30, 2015
Helen Bell replied to deborah greenfield's discussion ID on this lace please? in the group Identification-History
"Yes.  If you look closely at the tulle ground in the paisley motif (on the right side), there are some irregularities in the PG.  the picot ring ground is also an indication. It's a pretty pattern, and I just love those circles and…"
Apr 28, 2015

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What is your primary lace interest? Check more than one.
lace maker, collector, lace teacher
What kinds of lace do you make or collect?
bobbin lace, mostly Bedfordshire lace, some needle lace and tatting
What kinds of lace do you want to learn?
plaited laces, point ground laces
Photo sharing site with photos of your work, if you have one (picasa,flickr,photobucket,etc)
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Tell us more about your lace interests.
Love making floral and Lester-esque Beds lace. Dabbling a little in Nl and occasionally a little tatting. Enjoy studying old pieces of lace and learning from them - where and how they might've been made.
Give us titles of lace books or articles you have written, that you want us to know about.
Have written occasional pieces for the Australian Lace Guild magazine, Victorian Lace News (ALG Victorian Branch newsletter), and had one pattern published in the IOLI Bulletin.

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At 1:41pm on March 16, 2012, Tatman said…

Helen,

Welcome.  Please read all the NOTES, which explain our policies, and how the software works.  Join whatever groups interest you.  Post some photos of your lace.  If you have any questions, contact me and I'll try to help.

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