This is a sad story. It’s the story of young love, transatlantic voyages, early demise, heartbreak, a family wrenched apart, and a bit of handmade lace that survived.
To many people, togas are synonymous with ancient Greece. The only problem? Togas aren’t Greek.
Where knitting has knit and purl stitches, bobbin lace has crosses and twists; where knitting has needles, bobbin lace has bobbins.
Queen Victoria (1819–1901) was entranced, enthralled, and enthusiastic for and about lace, be it knitted, needle, or bobbin.
These instructions are based on the information in Barbara Foster’s Learn Needle Tatting, Step by Step (Paxton, Illinois: Handy Hands, 1998), which provides complete step-by-step needle-tatting instructions accompanied by plentiful photographs.
It was during the Great Famine (1845–1849) that women, through their artistic and delicate hands, created the singular craft of Clones lace.
The late nineteenth century saw a surge in the availability of magazines and publications directed at the female market.
This design is entirely worked in long-arm cross-stitch, the most common stitch found in the extant traditional embroideries of Iceland.