Magical & Mysterious Lace

I adore lace. No matter its form, ethereal lace always delights. Now, the first four issues of our annual look at lace are available on one CD—I am a very happy camper!

A tatted border. Photo by Joe Coca. Shuttle courtesy of HandyHands Tatting.


Mary Frances Wogec's knitted lace bag inspired by the designs of Herbert Niebling, grand master of lace knitting. Photo by Joe Coca.

Our lace issues are among my favorites, so I love that I can just pop in the CD and browse back through these issues. They really are just packed with insight into lace’s amazing walk through time and step-by-step instructions for creating your own magical pieces of lace. Here are just a few examples:

• Lace knitting from Orenburg, Russia

• Laura Ingalls Wilder’s filet crochet doily

• Delicate needle lace from Italy

• Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth’s lace collection

• The Great Pretender—Dresden Lace

• Flora Klickmann’s Butterfly to crochet

• The story of Alençon lace

• Marion Anderson’s bobbin-lace coverlet

• Tatted motifs

Each of the four issues celebrates lace and the people who made the lace. The traditions are so rich; many are intriguing as well (people literally have died for lace; it’s been smuggled from one country to another in numerous ways, some pretty nefarious; governments enacted laws so that only the wealthiest would be able to wear lace). Each story, each piece of lace speaks so eloquently to the beauty and value of work done by someone’s hand. Some of those hands are unknown; others belong to lacemakers of today who are carrying on the tradition brilliantly.

Collar. Alençon needle lace. Collection of Elizabeth Kurella. Photo by Joe Coca.

Lace is, indeed, magical and mysterious. It has cast a spell over so many throughout the ages. Immerse yourself in glorious lace with our 2008–2011 Lace Collection CD. Enjoy!