SUFFOLK LACE AND THE LACEMAKERS OF EYE

 
 
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Nicky Höwener-Townsend
SUFFOLK LACE AND THE LACEMAKERS OF EYE
Kessingland (GB) 2009, 119 pp., 29.2×20.6 cm, paperback
Text: English
 
 
In the English county of Suffolk in the 1980s, renovation work in a number of houses brought to light several old lacemaker's bobbins. And as a result, Nicky Höwener-Townsend discovered an interest in the lacemaking industry of her home county.

In the long introductory section, the history of the finds is documented extensively. Then the author set to work on the reconstruction of the Suffolk lace collection of London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Until then, unlike the similar Bucks point and Tønder lace, Suffolk lace was unknown. In all there are 39 pieces of lace, mostly with geometric motifs in point ground, some with stylized flowers. Gimps, cloth stitch and half stitch areas (which – most unusually – are sometimes worked diagonally!), square tallies, honeycomb and point de Paris ground as well as picots on the headside liven up the lace. Relative to the ground, the motifs are fairly wide. An unusual feature is the course of the threads in the "valleys" of the headside; this is shown separately.

There are illustrations of the newly worked lace with, in each case, a computer-constructed pricking and a working diagram, all in black and white.

Another publication with point ground lace; varied patterns, not too difficult to work, assumes prior knowledge of working point ground lace.