Current Exhibit

Knotty Lace : Net Filet, Tatting and Mediterranean Net Laces

Please plan a visit to enjoy our current exhibit from February 13 through June 23, 2018.

Net Filet
We have a wide diversity of this lace, from very fine to coarser stitching. This lace was very popular from the late 1800's through 1920's. It was the style during the Arts and Crafts Movement. Traditionally. it is a lace made entirely by hand on a knotted net resembling a fishing net, and then the pattern is "darned" or woven into the square holes using a needle and thread. There are a number of different fillings used and additional surface elements are sometimes added for texture. This lace is often combined with whitework embroidery in table clothes and clothing. It is a type of lace that was imitated by machine lace to make curtains and table clothes. Familiar American brands included Quaker Lace of Pennsylvania and Zion Lace of Illinois.

We have some traditional tatting pieces out as well as some more modern pieces done in color. This lace was also copied by machine lace to produce trims and edgings. We have several examples of machine lace designed to look like tatting. There are a large variety of uses for tatting from narrow to wide edgings, handkerchief and table cloth surrounds, to all sizes of doilies. Tatting was popular during the late 1800's through the 1930's. Recently it has experienced a new revival due to sharing on the internet of techniques and patterns.

Mediterranean Netted Lace
This kind of lace was made in Armenia before it spread out and around the Mediterranean area during the early 20th century. Unlike other needle laces this is a knotted lace where each knot is controlled and tensioned with the fingers.

Some other laces represented in the exhibit : a macrame knotted purse, Teneriffe doilies and a beautiful full length ensemble in Teneriffe and tape lace featured in the main tableau (the manikin in front of the armoire mirror).