Thursday, 19 December 2013

Lace pattern books

Lace pattern books are an endless source of fascination and inspiration. The one shown here is on view at the Calais Lace Museum and shows examples of machine made lace from 1897. I like the serendipity of lace pattern books because you never know what pieces of lace will be juxtaposed. This one shows various net and filling patterns and then four pieces of intricate lace that don’t seem to be related at all. Often you see pages of one design adapted for different uses, such as frills, insertions and edgings but here the patterns seem unrelated. Several of these books are on exhibition at the Museum and there are many more in store.

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