Closed October 31 - Lacemakers of Belgium
Long prized for its artistry, Belgian lace was also a symbol of an important national industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries. At its peak in the late 1800s, the lace trade in Belgium employed tens of thousands of skilled workers, primarily women and girls. They often learned their skills in the schools of Belgian "lace cities," such as Bruges and Brussels. Once they became proficient in their craft, these lace makers were employed by local workshops that produced the delicate Point de Gaze shawls, Duchesse collars, and Brussels appliqué favored by fashionable women of the era. Although Belgian lace schools and workshops had largely disappeared by the mid-1900s, lace making continues in Belgium today as a cottage industry, particularly in tourist centers.
The museum's second exhibit of 2016, "The Lacemakers of Belgium," highlights the lives and work of these artisans from more than a century ago. The museum's exhibit includes a display area recreating a Belgian lace school from early in the 20th century, complete with period photos, costumes, and samples of lace. The exhibit also features selected items from the museum's own collection of Belgian lace.
Point de Gaze lace corner.
"A lace instructor and her student in Zele, Belgium. Circa 1920."
From This Day Forward Opened January 2016
Some twentieth century brides selected spectacular gowns for a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Others, like their practical Victorian grandmothers, chose a best dress: a day suit or cocktail dress that could be worn again and again. Examples of both are featured at a new exhibit at The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale through May, 2016.
Exquisite hand made and machine made lace is featured on the gowns, veils, gloves, shoes, handkerchiefs and other accessories that made up a proper wedding trousseau. A special case features lace accessories made as gifts for modern brides by members of the Lace Museum Guild.
November 7 - January 9, 2016
When most people think of lace, they think of something white, fragile and old. The Lace Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Thread Around Holes,” hopes to dispel that idea. Twenty contemporary lace artists working in a variety of media from wire to ceramic to cyanotype as well as traditional thread will be featured. Pieces are vibrant in color and several incorporate beads. They range in size from a few centimeters to a life size human figure and a life size tree. Bobbin Lace, Needle Lace, knitting, crochet, tatting, ceramics and 2-D art will all be seen in a new light at this exhibit. A student’s corner will showcase lace made by school-age children in lace museum classes.
Many of the guest artists are from the Bay Area, with a few from other parts of California, Texas, Washington and Oregon.
Come and see how modern artists are re-thinking the art and craft of lace making. The use of color, the use of unusual materials and the use of lace in other media such as ceramics is extending the visual appeal of lace.
Rosa Libre Lace
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.
“Treasures from the Collection” is the current exhibit at The Lace Museum which showcases many of the best pieces in the museum’s collection of lace. All the lace in this exhibit is hand-made, some of it dating to the 17th century. A Point d’ Gaze gown, a Maltese two-piece suit and a Rosaline jacket are featured. Two fabulous pieces of church lace are on display: an altar cloth of Maltese Bobbin Lace and Honiton Lace for a priest’s Alb. Five wonderful runners showing a wide variety of lace techniques hang along one wall. The earliest piece of lace in the show is a Coraline needle lace edging which dates to 1695, and a the newest is a piece of Art Nouveau needle lace edging which dates to the early 20th century. Collars, fans, edgings, handkerchiefs, parasols, and baby bonnets round out the show. The details below are from a 19th century needle lace table runner and the back of our very special Point d' Gaze gown.
The holidays are just around the corner and even though it rarely snows in Sunnyvale, the Lace Museum will be experiencing a Winter Wonderland with our dolls enjoying a white Christmas. This year all the dolls will be bundled up for an ice skating party on a frozen pond. Come see this icy scene with lacy garlands on the trees and Crochet Snow Flakes falling from the sky in an icy display of 99 different styles of show flake shapes that you can crochet in the warmth of your home.
Do you remember the lace tablecloth at Grandma’s house? Did she have doilies, embroidered napkins, dresser scarves, embroidered aprons and dish-towels? Did you ever wear white gloves and a hat to go to tea? What about fun crocheted items in the kitchen – potholders, tea cozies, decorative wall hangings, tea towels, and appliance covers? If you remember these, or want to bring the younger generation in to see the wonderful household lace and linens used in every home in the early 20th century you will want to visit The Lace Museum during this exhibit.
The image above shows a tablecloth with Pottenkant bobbin lace and cutwork, a tea cozy with needlelace insert, and several chrocheted "fancies".
An Exhibit featuring Lace Collars and accessories for the well-dressed woman of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras, 1840 – 1914. Exquisite collars of hand made bobbin and needle lace, fans, gloves, stockings, reticules and ribbonswas on display. Needle laces such as Gros Point de Venice and Point de Gaze and Bobbin Laces such as Rosaline, Miracourt and Brussels were included in the display.
A beautiful embroidered and fringed shawl and an Irish Crochet collar are two of the items in this display.
The Holiday Exhibit at The Lace Museum ran from November 10 through January 12. This year the dolls were getting ready for bed in a child’s bedroom, hanging their stockings, making lace, making up the beds, and decorating the tree. The vintage dolls wearing lace were featured in this wonderful vignette. Miniature lace was featured along with the dolls and doll furniture.