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  • April 20, 2023 8:23 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Check out that roller pillow! I have never seen one with the roller oriented that way.

    Take your time, do bobbin lace!

  • April 18, 2023 10:38 AM | Sumiko Tray


    I am not able to attend the meeting on May 6.  I have paid for coffee and lunch. If someone wants to take my place, it is all yours.  Please contact me and I will pass your name to the organizers. My contact information is in the directory.

    Sumiko Tray

  • April 11, 2023 2:20 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    There was recently a small discussion of the amazing lace-like cut book of Marie de’ Medici, and this other book just came my way today. It is too early to be lace, I think the idea of the stonework on the cathedral makes sense.

    Still, it's just lovely, even if 1300s is too early for it to be a lace imitation.

    A Cut Above the Rest…? Unraveling the Mystery of the Walters “Lace” Manuscript

    Lynley Anne Herbert

  • April 06, 2023 10:56 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I was looking for something else in The Met today, and came across this remarkably colorful piece. 

    I don't really have anything else to add, but wanted to capture it before I moved on to what I really wanted.

    Capuchin 1725-1750

    What I really wanted: American 1820-1829 black silk cloak with a Ipswich-like trim.

  • March 28, 2023 3:08 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I was alerted today that Louise West's husband had died this morning. There was a recent hospitalization and some hope that a new treatment path would be the right thing, but apparently that's not the outcome. 

    I'm told it's out there on facebook now, so if you want to look for more on that it's around. 

    I have a contact email for Louise if anyone wants it, but I don't want to post it publicly. Let me know if you would like it and I'll send it.

  • March 28, 2023 9:11 AM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I was actually looking at this artist's work based on another thing she did for the Sanger Center -- a cholera dress and a syphilis slip -- but looking around her site I found this older work on linen. I was hoping for more science, but it was still a neat video and SPOILERS: ends with lace. Scroll down the page for the video. 

    Linen: From the Field.

    And if you are curious, here is the pathogen dress set. Cholera and syphilis captured in BioArt .

  • March 14, 2023 6:03 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I recently watched a whole Rembrandt documentary just to look at the collars. 

    But this art historian just did a whole post on the painting of lace and what the details tell her.

    Rembrandt's Lace 

  • February 23, 2023 8:20 PM | Bryce Wolf

    I found this short YouTube video on the conservation of a 1660 dress really interesting. It is heavily embellished with a point ground lace unique in the use of a ribbon-like gimp (described as parchment lace - paper tightly wrapped in silk thread). Take a look!

  • January 23, 2023 4:54 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    I mean, the whole deal with 2 NELGs is ruff... Maybe we can just use it as a tag line.

    Anyway: nice piece in The Magazine Antiques about the Bard exhibit: "End Notes: Frill Seekers".

  • January 21, 2023 8:57 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

    Hey fans of historic laces: the video of our talk for the Maine Historical Society is up. You can find it on youtube at this link:

    It also sits at a page on the MHS site, if you prefer that link. 

    The Story of Ipswich Lace, a Unique American Craft of the Early Republic *NORTHERN THREADS SERIES* 

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