>When I have visited this bridge, I have found many discussion on many >topics, with the mix varying from time to time. Someone has to >start the threads, you know. > >As so I will bring up _my_ topic. I have been trying to reproduce >16th century Bobbin Lace. I am using _Le Pompe_ a reproduction >pattern book, and photos of period lace. I am not getting the right >look. Threads of what seems to be the right thickness seem too stiff >and tightly twisted. > >Who else is making lace? What thread do you use? How has it turned >out? Have you found any good close-ups? I have many pictures >that show the pattern nicely, but not enough to see what the thread >is like.I am :-)
>The technical section in _Le Pompe_ is very poor and mostly >doesnt even mention what size and kind of thread used. To anyone >who hasn't seen this book, reproductions of one and part of a second >period pattern book are bound with modern prickings and directions. >The author of this section seems more familiar with later lace and >works them much more "lacey" than the pictures of period laces that >I have have found, which are quite sturdy looking.
Her treatment of the tape laces is pretty good, but in this case I think she uses too fine threads. The period examples I have plates of have heavier threads woven very very tightly. It's hard to tell what the texture would originally have been since the linen laces would have been washed and starched from time to time. The softer texture and 'mushed together' appearance likely resulted from repeated washing.
>Any other period pattern books available? What books do you like? >The best pictures I have come from a book in French with a name >like _Three centuries of Lace_ owned by a friend. She copied all >of the period pieces for me, but the book (and the friend) are >now in England. Neither one of us could read the text. Apparently >all or most of the pieces are in musuems in Bruge where she studied >lacemaking. >Renate knew a _lot_ about lacemaking, but many of the construction >details of 16th century lace were new to her.The absolutely best book on the subject is Lace: A History by Santina Levey published by the V&A in associaction with Maney. Unfortunately it is only published in England and isn't cheap, but you may be able to get it on inter library loan.
>> Who else is making lace? What thread do you use? How has it turned >> out? Have you found any good close-ups? > >I've been working on some metal lace that is influenced by Le Pompe. Had >to fiddle with and scale up the pricking to get the right balance with the >thread I am using (DMC Fil Or and Fil Argent). I'm fortunate that the >exact width of the finished lace was not critical, since it is easier to >adjust the pricking than find another thread. I used Patterns of Fashion >by Janet Arnold for close up photos of metal lace.