Wandering through Wikipedia again today, I came across this kind of "lace loom" or "lace drum" according to Google translate. The page says "Tambour à dentelle". It wasn't represented on the bobbin lace Wikipedia page, so I added it to that too. 

This is the image and the details page: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gens_de_l%27alpe_Mus%C3%A9e...

It is also linked to a larger image of the display at this exhibit. They were largely 18th century, but one dates in the 17th. 

I have seen similar ones in the New York Historical Society.

I am now obsessed, of course. I saw one in a local antique store, but it was above my pay grade. WAY above. 

But: I haven't seen any contemporary copies. Does anyone make this kind of pillow today? I'd love to give one a spin.... [see what I did there...??]. 

Anyone have other information on the use of these? I'd like to learn more.

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For anyone who is interested in this topic, Maria Greil has emailed me with some more information on these pillows and other fabulous images she has in her personal collection. 

She points me to this book--which appears to have the plans for making these kinds of pillows as well:

https://www.artisanat-queyras.fr/recits-de-vie-et-patrimoine/911-de...

If I can get them shipped to the US, I'm going to buy one for myself and for our local lace library. 

Here's my list of books on Queyras lace:

Michele Andreu, Dentelles en Queyras, 2001, Éditions du Fournel, 2, avenue de Vallouise, 05120 L'Argentère La Bessée

Claire le Goaziou, Dentelles du Queyras et des Vallées Voisines, 2007, Editions du Queyras, la Chalp, 05350 Saint Véran (that is the one Maria Greil is recommending)

Françoise Monneret, La Dentelle du Queyras, Modèles prêts à denteller par Françoise Monneret et Jean-Paul Farfantoli, 1999
Françoise Monneret, La Dentelle du Queyras, Tome II, Modèles prêts à denteller par Françoise Monneret, 2003
both Monneret books are self-published. She has also written a number of other works on laces of that area, like Tignes, Maurienne, and others - really unique research.

I just found this example in New England: https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/gusn/...

That's the wildest covering I've seen so far. 

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