Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Help with a lace mystery needed

This past weekend I was demonstrating Tatting at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion along with another lady, and we shared a booth with a gal demoing Bobbin Lace.
we had a great time.  P* the Bobbin Lace gal had a piece of lace that she was having difficulty identifying.  She is an archivist, and historian, so for her to have trouble was interesting.
I mentioned that I would take a couple pictures and post them for my lace friends to take a look at as maybe someone would be able to help.

The pictures are not as clear as I would like.  This is a new camera and I have to learn how to use it, as it just arrived on thursday.  P* has said that she can scan this if need be.  Some of the elements look like netting, or maybe bobbin lace? some of it looks like tatting, some of it looks like crochet.

If you can identify the type of lace it would be appreciated.

I tatted for a bit of Friday late afternoon and  from 9 - 5 on Saturday and Sunday and on monday it was from 9 - 3:30. Saturday I worked on the edging for the hanky from Michelle,  I now have 2 sides done.  This is a Mary Konior edging titled Beauty Spots.

previously posted, representative sample of the edging pattern

I discovered that it was a bit too difficult to constantly need to put it down or get interrupted with questions about tatting, I was doing way too much un-tatting.

Sunday and Monday I worked on the Arches doily pattern by Marilee Rocklee,  I was able to get all but 2/3rds of the last row finished and am working on that now.  I will post it when it has been blocked and the thread ends trimmed.

I did get a fair number of questions about tatting.  Sent couple ladies home with shuttles, thread, and internet links, and helped several more who had questions.  I had several sets of threads and shuttle set up for teaching chains with 2 colors using cheap plastic post or the metal Boye shuttles.

Unless one of my children took a picture of me/us/our booth, I have no pictures of me, but I can post a picture of  a steam engine that pulls a train around the grounds. You can ride on the train for free. and there is a smaller child size train as well.  The grounds cover about a section of land, for those who don't speak farm, that means 640 acres, or 1 square mile.  Lots and lots of exhibits covering both the steam era and the horse powered era as well. Not all of the area are exhibits, there is camping space for those who are working or demonstrating and for visitors.

Will post more about this as time goes by.

I have been asked back for next year, in fact the lady who has been tatting for the past 6-8 year has decided that with me coming she will get back into Bobbin lace and be back up for both me and P* for Bobbin Lace.


  1. I am glad to hear that there were a fair number of questions for you, plus And a lot of interest sparked. Way to go tat-woman!

    The Beauty SPots edging is going to be really pretty.Looking forward to seeing the finished hankie.
    Fox : )

  2. About mystery doily:
    This is knotted or Armenian lace(technically similar to filet and needlelace) made around the Mediterranean area. In Poland called also Palestinian lace or loop lace.


  3. Well the mystery doily looks to me (but I'm no expert) like mainly crochet with a netted border. The loops on the outer part of the border are made with closely worked netting knots/loops - I think. I do netting from time to time and have combined it with tatting.

  4. That lace piece is Igne oyasi lace. Is Turkis lace made with needle.
    Is beautiful.

  5. I think the doily may be Armenian Knotted Lace.

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  7. The doily is italian lace, made principally in northern Italy, called "puncetto".
    It is done with a needle.

  8. Armenian lace and oyasi lace from turkey are pretty much the same techniques and yes that is what this is.

  9. I agree it's Armenian - I met the author of a book on it many years ago and had a go, was quite easy to do

  10. Whatever it is it's lovely. I do like the way it appears to be several different things.

  11. Yes, most of you are right - this is niedle lace - it's called "Armenian lace" "Igne oya" /from turkish - niedle lace/ "Puncetto" /in Italy/. In Bulgaria we made the same lace. Following that link, you will see such lace, made in the past in Samokov region, Bulgaria:

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