"I don't know enough about Irish crochet to declare my self to have any kind of expertise, but are you sure it's Irish Crochet, and not some other kind that has a similar style of construction? I know Romanian point is more modern,…"
"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…"
"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,…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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.
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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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