Lace making a well known Belgian Art., Brugge
There are many ways to make lace. Needlepoint Lace is made with a needle and thread. It is very closely related to embroidery but the stitches are made without cloth underneath them. They are simply woven and twisted on each other and on loops of thread held by the lace-maker using fine buttonhole stitches.
There is also Irish Lace which is made with a fine crochet hook. Another type of costly lace is Valenciennes and Chantilly often used for wedding veils.
Belgian Lace is made with bobbins. The lacemaker winds the thread on bobbins and then twists them around pins stuck in the pattern like little pegs.
Lace is a decorative material made of thread which may be linen, silk, cotton, nylon or other materials. It may be woven, netted, crocheted or twisted thread.
Lace garments and cloths have been found on mummies thousands of years old and it is known that the ladies of anceint Greece and Rome also wore lace.
The most valuable lace is handmade and LACEMAKING is considered an art.
We were lucky enough to see a lady at work in the street making lace.
There are lace shops everywhere in Brugge each selling more or less the same kind of things. The lace can be bought in different sizes and price. Some can be tacky in style but some are very pretty and they do make lovely presents.
Bruges is famous for its beautiful lace. There are many shops where you can buy lace products and sometimes you will find a lady sitting outside the shop demonstrating the making of lace.
I've read a lovely legend about lace on the website mentioned below. Here it is:
Legend of Serena
Once upon a time there was a fair maiden in the enchanting town of Bruges. Serena was her name and she loved the young sculptor Arnout. Alas she could not marry him, for she had to spin day and night to work for her widowed mother and four little sisters and a brother. One sunny autumn day she went walking and dreaming of her forbidden love, she fell asleep. All off a sudden silvery threads fell from the trees into a beautiful pattern of flowers on her apron. She awoke, gazed and then rushed home. With threads cut from her spinning wheel, she made the wondrous design over again. When it was finished a wealthy merchant bought it. Soon many people wanted the same marvellous lace-work. Serena became rich and finally married the prince of her charms. They lived happily ever after.
So came into being the art of lace, which for over five hundred years made Bruges famous as the world capital of this fairy-like art.
As a recap on these tips I want to tell you all that the texst next to the pictures of Lori's Lace pieces are not neccesary related to the Lace pieces.The texst is taken out of an old Encyclopedia. The six pieces of Lace are used around our house in various places and we thought this made a nice in formative page about a Local custom in Belgium that has been around forever I think.
This is a picture that Lori took when we were in Brugge (Bruges).When I start working on this Chapter Lori says I have some Lace , so she starts looking around the house and she came up with 6 examples of laced work.
We will feature these 6 pieces and Lori also came up with an Encyclopedia Published in 1956 were she found a nice explanation about Lace, and it so happened that the Encylopedia featured a Belgian lady doing her Art work making Lace.You can follow us through this beautiful Belgian Art work if you like.The 6 examples that we feature are of course not neccessary made in Belgium , and we do not know where they were made
they have been in the family for years.
Machine made Lace can be made by weaving with bobbins in a loom.
The kind of Lace of which Lace curtains are made is of this type, and so is the Lace that used to trim lingerie and is sold in department stores.
Tatting is a kind of Lace making .This makes a kind of knotted Lace. The knots are made by catching loops of thread and forming them into rings. It is done with a single thread
wound on a bobbin and is one of the many forms of Lace making that require great skill and much practice.Laces are sometimes made with Gold and Silver threads instead of plain fibers It is possible to obtain Lace for hundreds of different uses, from ornamentation of upholstery to trimming baby clothes.Simple Lacemaking is a pleasant hobby . It can be learned in handcraft classes in many cities,or from the instruction booklets, or from the instruction booklet available wherever crocher hooks tatting bobbins and crocher yarns are sold.
How Lace is made.
Needlepoint Lace is made with a needle and thread.It is very closely related to
embroidery , but the stitches are made
without cloth underneath them.
They are simply woven and twisted on each other and on loops of thread held by the Lace maker, using fine button hole stitches.
Irish Lace is made with a fine crochet hook. Raised patterns are worked
into the design, with such details as separate
may go into a flower figure that is only three quarters of an inch across. Lacemaking of this kind is very fine,delicate work and good Irish Lace is expensive.
to be continued.
Lace garments and cloths have been found on mummies thousands of years old, excavated from ancient Egyptian tombs, and it is known that the ladies of ancient Greece and Rome also wore lace.Laces are made by hand and also by machine but the most valuable lace is handmade. Lacemaking is an Art. There are many ways to make lace.
To be continued.
Another type of costly Lace is Valenciennes This Lace is often used for
wedding veils . It is woven in a mesh or net with a figure or pattern that is part of the mesh itself. Chantilly is another kind of
hand made Lace that can be made into veils ,gowns, blouses, or shawls. There are many other laces , some of which developed as variations of older styles.and some of which are totally different from the types allready mentioned.
An English Lace called Honiton is made out of a foundation of net. Fine braid is placed on the net in graceful patterns and woven in place.
to be continued.
Lace is a decorative material made of thread
It has an openwork pattern which means that they are many holes, or open places in the pattern.It may be woven,netted,crocheted or twisted thread.The thread may be linen,silk,cotton, nylon or other materials.
To be continued
The picture here is taken out of an Encyclopedia from the 50's (1956 published)
The resemblance in the two pictures , the one taken by Lori in Brugge in 1996,and the picture from the Encyclopedia published in 1956 are amazing.The picture has some explanation written on it , be sure you click on the small picture, to be able to read it in bigger format. ( You see how valuable old fashion Encyclopedias still are even in this computer age)
In many picturesque places in Brugge, you'll see lacemakers spending hours making exquisite lace works.