Friday, March 14, 2008

The Friday Fact

Bobbin Lace

Bobbin lace is one of the oldest forms of lace making and is also one of the most delicate. It's estimated to have been in existence since at least the mid 16th century. Here's a link to more detailed info about the history of bobbin lace. Back then, each region had its own pattern variations and you could tell where a piece of lace had been made based simply on the pattern

It gets its name from the bobbins that are used in the process. The bobbins can be made of wood and can be very plain, or they can be very ornate and carved from things like rosewood and ivory. There are 3 things you MUST have to make bobbin lace. The bobbins obviously, and the other two are flat head straight pins and a pillow. The lace itself is made by setting the bobbins up in pairs and then twisting and looping them around the pins that have been stuck in the pillow. The pins make the template for the pattern.

Bobbin lace is another one of those beautiful dying arts, and another thing on my list of Crafts That I Must Learn The Basics Of Before I Die. I have the beginner's kit that is sold by The Victorian Trading Company, but I haven't yet made the time to sit down with it.

If you're interested in pictures of the lace or bobbins or pillows or how it's made, check this site out.

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