"I would be cautious in accepting the words of the catalog at face value. Because someone says something is bobbin lace doesn't necessarily make it so. It is possible to make a square mesh by bobbins, but without more detail in the photos we…"
"In 1893 Cora Slocomb di Brazza, an American who married into the Italian aristocracy and started a lace industry to give work to Italian women in the Fruili region of Italy (https://www.coradibrazza.com/) organized an exhibit Old and New Lace in…"
"The earliest unequivocal evidence for bobbin lace is the 1559 LePompe book. There are supposedly references to "bone lace" in 15th c inventories, but I have no direct knowledge of those.
From what I know of lace history, the only form of…"
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 about. Everything I've read so far suggested there was not bobbin lace in the 11th century. But I don't know what this piece did to earn that classification. Any thoughts? Or am I just not familiar with this region--most of the things I've seen have been more Western European. …See More
"In 2012 the Minnesota Lace Society sponsored the IOLI convention, and there was a fairly big exhibition of Swedish lace at the Institute. They worked with People in Sweden borrowing their didactic material, hosted Swedish visitors, and even I sent a…"
"I believe the closest thing we have to a general lace book bibliography is the IOLI lending library list. It can be downloaded, and the books borrowed at a reasonable cost. I've got the closest thing to a comprehensive bibliography…"
Some books are hard to find, and may not be necessary to own. And I don't mean bootleg books, I mean legit archival copies from reputable repositories, out of copyright, etc.On Instagram today someone photographed their book collection, and it started a discussion about one that some of us wanted to see. It turns out, it is available in full here:A history of hand-made lace : Dealing with the origin of lace, the growth of the great lace centres, the mode of manufacture, the methods of…See More
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