Lace: in the machine age
This exhibit highlighted a wonderful display of fine machine lace from the mid - 1800's forward demonstrating how the industrial age transformed lace making!
The Textile Research Centre website has an informative article on the differences between machine-made lace and handmade lace: Lace Identification 7 Examples
A Garden Party
Celebrating the glamorous world of the Roaring 20s! This exhibit showcased fringed shawls, velvet and beaded dresses, other fabulous fashion and elegant accessories.
The Littlest Lacemakers Christmas
Figural Lace: Lions and Tigers and Dragons, oh my!
Over the centuries, lace makers have found creative ways to represent human, animal and bird forms in their work. From simple macramé knotting to the most elaborate of needle and bobbin lace techniques, they have worked figures—all kinds of figures—into their lace. This exhibit showcased the diversity of figural subject matter, the variety of lace styles used, and some of the medieval to modern stories told in lace. The pieces on display featured creatures both real and imaginary. Their inspiration was drawn from legends, historical events, nature, whimsy, and allegory.
Knotty Lace: Net Filet, Tatting and Mediterranean Net Laces
We have a wide diversity of this lace, from very fine to coarser stitching. This lace was very popular from the late 1800's through 1920's. It was the style during the Arts and Crafts Movement. Traditionally. it is a lace made entirely by hand on a knotted net resembling a fishing net, and then the pattern is "darned" or woven into the square holes using a needle and thread.
We have some traditional tatting pieces out as well as some more modern pieces done in color. This lace...
Jolly Dolly Christmas
A step back into the 1940’s to 1960’s, remembering the laces that adorned every home. Tatted, knitted and crocheted doilies, crocheted pot holders, colorful tea towels with lace edgings, fancy printed hankies, interesting aprons, and of course, a ruffled doily under the center piece. All the ingenious ways to keep critters off your food – pie covers, jelly jar covers, milk bottle toppers, etc.
Christmas: Wrapped up in the holidays.
"The Lacemakers of Belgium" highlighted the lives and work of these artisans from more than a century ago. The museum's exhibit included a display area recreating a Belgian lace school from early in the 20th century, complete with period photos, costumes, and samples of lace. The exhibit also featured selected items from the museum's own collection of Belgian lace.
Some twentieth century brides selected spectacular gowns for a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Others, like their practical Victorian grandmothers, chose a best dress: a day suit or cocktail dress that could be worn again and again.
The exhibit featured exquisite hand made and machine made lace on the gowns, veils, gloves, shoes, handkerchiefs and other accessories that made up a proper wedding trousseau. A special case featured lace accessories made as gifts for modern brides by members of the Lace Museum Guild.