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Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby Lady Jane Rochester » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:41 am

I have read that lace making was around in the UK in the very late C15, but was not prevalent until much later. I am wondering what the early English bobbins would have looked like, and do we still use something similar today? Would they have been plain or spangled? Round in section or square?

I recall in Buckinghamshire when I was a kid old ladies would sit on their steps in the village making pillow lace, and I'd like to give it a go. (the lace making, not sitting on a step).

My research only started a few days ago, so apologies if my questions are a bit basic or stupid. Any help gratefully received.

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Re: Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby lucy the tudor » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:24 am

I'd be interested too, my history of lace book, designed to help one identify methods and regional differences in laces from round Europe, states that "Bobbin laces appear to have developed in the 16th century, probably from plaited and woven braids". It has exapmples of 16th century bobbin laces, but none earlier.


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Re: Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby Lady Jane Rochester » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:03 pm

The info I am finding is mixed, however speaking to a lady at the Lace Guild was helpful.


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Re: Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby Type16 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:44 pm

I used to make lace bobbins, so have an interest - especially as our re-enactment daughter is thinking of taking it up.

Although not a maker of lace myself, I cannot see how it can be done without a form of slender thread-holding bobbin. perhaps the Honiton type is the simplest and closest to an original?

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Re: Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby Lady Jane Rochester » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:16 pm

It seems that C15th is stretching it a bit, and C16th is when lace making began in the UK. The Lace Guild are as good an authority as we'll get. http://www.laceguild.demon.co.uk/craft/history.html

Apparently the nearest to early bobbins would be the current Bucks Thumper, or the Brugges, neither of which have spangles. http://bobbins.lacefairy.com/Bobbins/Bo ... Bucks.html

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Re: Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby Lady Jane Rochester » Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:38 pm

This is an interesting article with some nice pix.

http://ilaria.veltri.tripod.com/bobbins.html


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Re: Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby Grymm » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:10 pm

Lady Jane Rochester wrote:Apparently the nearest to early bobbins would be the current Bucks Thumper,



South Bucks Thumper surely, they people gets a bit unkid once y'leaves the chalk ;o)


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Re: Early Lace Making bobbins

Postby Lady Jane Rochester » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:46 am

Eh?
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