On the Cover:
A butterfly made using Romanian point-lace techniques.
Photograph by Joe Coca.
Letters from readers
Books of interest
The new and noteworthy
The Enigma of Lace
by Jules Kliot
with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery The Anne Gower Sampler
This whitework sampler in the collection of the Peabody Essex
Museum is one of the few surviving pieces of needlework that traveled
to North America from England during British colonization in the
early seventeenth century.It will be included in the museums
exhibition later this year.
Paula Bradstreet Richter
Bobbin Lace: Intrigue and Hard Work
Fine bobbin lace, often produced for little pay under deplorable
conditions, was a highly sought after commodity in Europe from
the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Governmental attempts
to control lace trafficking brought about the establishment of
elaborate smuggling operations.
Susan Temme Groh
Precious Metals, Precious Lace
Lace makers of the early sixteenth century often wound their bobbins
with gold and silver wire and threads, instead of linen or silk.
The metal laces they produced adorned clothing and costumes until
the fashion waned in the seventeenth century.
In l902, the artist Arpád Dékáni began designing
fine needle lace in Kiskunhalas, Hungary, developing a distinctive
style that became a treasured national art form.
Ioana Bodrojans Romanian Point Lace
In Romania in the l970s, Ioana Bodrojan kept her hands busy making
crocheted cord while her young daughter, Narcisa, underwent physical
therapy. More than twenty-five years later, she developed a talent
for using the cord to make Romanian point lace.
The Sun Laces
Circular needle laces developed from cut- and drawn-work embroidery.
They first appear in Spanish portraits from the sixteenth century,
and the technique spread to other parts of the world with the
establishment of Spanish colonies.
Mary Card, Australian Crochet Designer
Forced by hearing loss to sell the elementary school she had founded in a Melbourne,
Australia, suburb in l889, Mary Card became one of the most successful crochet
designers of the early twentieth century. This is the first in a two-part series
on the life and career of Mary Card.
Things to Make
A Silver and Gold Bobbin-Lace
Pendant to Make
Emulate sixteenth-century bobbin-lace makers, who worked with
precious metal threads before the advent of linen bobbin lace,
by making this silver and gold pendant designed by Lenka Suchanek.
Picture-Perfect Lace to Crochet
Use this filet-lace edging to trim an infant's or doll's dress.
Jackie Chambers adapted the design from an edging shown in a circa-1905
photograph of her grandfather as a baby.
A Jabot to Tat
Wearing a fall of lace on the front of a shirt or blouse was particularly
popular in the eighteenth century. The pattern for this jabot,
tatted by Elaine O'Donal, first appeared in Harper's Bazar in
A Romanian Point-Lace Butterfly to Make
A crocheted cord is the foundation for this form of tape lace.
This butterfly, made by Bart Elwell, incorporates a wide variety
of needle-lace stitches.
A Teneriffe Lace Wheel to Make
Delicate Teneriffe lace wheels are fun to make and may be combined
to create doilies, edgings, and more. Use the techniques presented
here by Margaret Horton to design and stitch your own lace projects.
A Lovebird Cozy in Filet Crochet
Add a touch of elegance to your tea service by crocheting this
cozy, designed by Mary Card, that features an Australian lovebird
motif. Crocheted by Barbara Ballantyne.