Two pieces of linen bobbin lace trim. The top edge is straight while the bottom edge undulates along with the motif. The motif focuses along the bottom edge, trimming it with leafs, flowers, and scroll along the entire edge, which is further complemented with picots. The design repeats every 12 inches. The outline of the motifs does not use supplementary threads, but instead just closely interlaces those already in use. The motifs are filled by interlacing, which resembles a plain weave, but there are also sections that appear to be lateral interlacing with a third, horizontal thread woven throughout.

The flowers resemble floral form popular in bizarre woven silks. Some are vaguely recognizable, but all are stylized.

Bars with picots are used inside the motif to lighten the area and differentiate it from the mesh ground. (This causes a similar effect to openwork embroidery in woven fabrics.) The bars are created by twisting together four threads.

The number of twists in the hexagonal mesh varies from 2-4, but seems to average around 3. The lace features large expanses of uninterrupted mesh, which was not popular until mid-century.





Linen, bobbin lace


Overall: 2 in. × 49 1/2 in. (5.08 cm × 125.73 cm)


Gift of Mrs. M. Lee Shaffer, Jr. and Charles Conrad Krumbhaar, Jr., 1955

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