Personal création, this small mat required near to 150 hours of work.
As a matter of fact, the non-continuous thread lace, are slower to realize because
for each part of motif made separately, it must reel again all of the bobbins.
A flower of the above mat
It's a Flemish non-continuous thread lace.
It was born towards the middle of nineteenth century. Its name has been given it
in 1853, in honour of Marie-Henriette duchess of Brabant who liked much this lace.
Brussels Duchess lace
Mignardise Louis XV
We must distinguish two Duchess laces :
The Brussels Duchess lace : certainly the most beautiful, it's realized with very
fine threads and it has tall floral motif, large leaves. The motif are maintained
thanks to bars with picots. It could have motif executed in needle lace and, in this
case, it's named Mixed Brussels Duchess lace.
The Bruges Duchess lace : more simple, its decoration is made of flowers of apple
tree, trefoils and daisies. Often made of a bigger thread, its motif were applied
on a network realized with bobbins. This one, named Drochel network, will be put
in place of mecanic tulle.