Nearly all of us at the February program on Lace Making were surprised to learn how much we didn't know about this lovely art form. But member Barbara Vanselow has been interested in lace making for many years. She has studied it, made beautiful, complex pieces, taught classes to others, and along the way has acquired an exquisite personal collection of antique lace samples.
As far back as the 14th and 15th century, lace was a precious commodity throughout Europe. It was often made in convents and often made by children. The work was so tedious and created such eye strain, that a child lace maker would usually not be able to see well enough to continue to do it in her twenties.
This was the era of Kings, Popes, and Lords dressed in lacy cuffs and collars -- they were the only ones who could afford such fine handmade work.
Here are pieces from Barbara's collection (19th and 20th century):
Our March program will be presented by Kimberly Gibson of James Island who is accomplished at hooking wool rugs. Kimberly will bring samples of rugs she has made and discuss and demonstrate the basic techniques of this enduring home-art. See you on March 17, from 1 - 3 pm.