It's me, I'm working front of my lacemaker's pillow.
There are a lot of legends about the birth of bobbins lace, so it's difficult to
know exactly the date of its appearance but one thinks that the bobbins lace was
born in the middle of sixteenth century, probably at the same epoch in Italy and
In fact, this technique existed before under another shape : the braid. This last
one was practiced, more particularly, by men, with gold, silver or brass threads
the most often. The use by women of white linen was a great innovation.
The refinement of motif and the complexity greater and greater made of lace an art
very different of braids.
At first geometrical, the decoration was transformed to follow fashions.
It existed other kinds of lace, more or less close by it, like burato or reticella.
Each country, each region or almost had "its lace" with its characteristics. However,
some bobbins laces haven't got a national identity and have been made (it's always
the case) in numerous countries like, for instance, Torchon lace or Cluny lace.
It's wonderful to note that some laces (Valenciennes lace, Malines lace...) were
very expensive, more than work of famous artists. In effect, the necessary time to
realize a piece of lace could be hundreds hours. Unfortunatelly, lacemakers were
very poor, but they were passionate by it and wouldn't have wanted another job.
The linen thread, more or less big according the kind of lace, will be replaced in
the nineteenth century by cotton thread. At the present time, all kinds of material
are used like coloured silk for modern creations.
What is sure that lace always fascinates, men like women, but the industrial making
However, today, its magic is always here and the great dressmakers are using it again.
Some courses are appearing everywhere.
So, when will come its revival ? I don't know but what is sure that bobbins lace
will still make us dream a long time.