Lace Making

Lace making was once a dying art – but no more

Lace making was once a dying art – but no more, are you interested in the origins of lace and how it is made, learn more about the making and use of lace in fashion throughout history.

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Origins of Lace throughout Europe

The origins of lace are a little sketchy, however, it was first associated with the city of Venice in Italy which at one time was a center for trade for handmade lace.

Once machine made lace came about, it could be made with the same patterns and for much less than handmade lace, lace makers had a hard job trying to make a living so handmade gave way to machine lace.

Are you interested in the origins of lace and how it is made, learn more about the making and use of lace in fashion throughout history.

A Brief History of Lace

The first lace pattern books were also known to have been printed here (Le Pompe in the 1550’s).

It is known that by the 16th century high quality handmade lace was being made throughout Europe, mostly for wealthy families and royalty because it was very expensive.

You may already know about some of the more well known laces including Honiton Lace (UK), Chantilly Lace (France), Irish Lace and Brussels Lace.

Beads and Lace Bobbins

Making bobbin lace by hand can be complex, depending on the type of lace you wish to make. But the end result is beautiful.

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Beads and Bobbins

Bobbins used for making lace are now very collectible, but back in the day, they were often engraved and given as gifts. Also used to commemorate special occasions.

More surprisingly, some bobbins even got stolen! Anyone daring to steal a bobbin met with stiff penalties!!

 

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