For those who love hand made 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.
Latest Activity: Jun 5
Nuw Modelbuoch available as a free download
From Rosemary Shepherd
Gillian Dye's early lace website + her books https://earlylace.wordpress.com/home/ ;
Another, source unknown
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 email@example.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/
These may be a little late--mid 17th c http://www.pinterest.com/lynxlacelady/early-straight-laces/
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 Jun 5.
Hello experts--I trawl museum archives for fun, but I'm just an amateur honing my identification skills. I can do ok with some of the early laces at this point. This one, though, I'm surprised…Continue
Started by Mary Mangan. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jun 1.
Please, has anyone determined for sure what stitches and connection methods were used in bobbin lace in the 16th Century? Did they ever just twist the thread rather than plait it? And did they use…Continue
Started by Laurie Elliott. Last reply by Kimberly Davis Apr 7, 2020.
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
Started by Devon Thein. Last reply by Carolina de la Guardia Mar 17, 2016.