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Lacy Beginnings

This display will run from Jan 17 to June 20, 2015

In centuries past, babies wore elaborate gowns for Christenings and other special occasions.  The new exhibit at The Lace Museum celebrates this with “Lacy Beginnings” an exhibit of Christening gowns as wonderful examples of hand work including embroidery and lace. The museum’s collection of gowns includes those decorated with Ayrshire white work from the 1840s, eyelet, ruching, bobbin lace, needle lace, pin tucks, stiletto work and other hand-work techniques.  Some gowns in the exhibit will be on loan from a collector in Los Altos. The exhibit also includes baby bonnets and other baby accessories in many different lace techniques from the 1800s to today. 

These images are details of Ayrshire embroidery and needle lace inserts in a couple of the Christening gowns in the display.