An old wooden Lace Makers Frame with bench clamp....the round frame has a diameter of 6" Found in Devon, England. Bobbin and Needle lace has been made in Devon since, at least, the early 17th century. It was a cottage industry, by which the wives, daughters and other females related to mainly farm labourers and fishermen supplemented the family income. It was made in towns and villages throughout the East Devon area.
HONITON LACE is made with bobbins using very fine thread. It is a part lace, differing from other British laces which are made in continuous lengths. Each Honiton motif is built up of individually worked shapes and braids, leaves and petals. These may then be joined to make larger pieces, working bars, net or fancy filling stitches in the spaces. These 'fillings', of which there are countless variations, are a particular feature of Honiton lace. Another of its beauties is its pictorial nature, as the part lace technique lent itself to the working of flowers, leaves and butterflies, nowadays lends itself to the making of many modern designs.
Queen Victoria and all her daughters, as well as Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary, were married in Honiton lace, while the original Royal Christening Robe, made for the christening of Queen Victoria's first child, the Princess Royal, in 1841, was a gift from the lace makers of Woodbury Parish. The replica christening robe, ordered by Queen Elizabeth II was first worn by Viscount Severn, in April 2008.
When machine-made net was invented early in the 19th century Honiton motifs were applied to make veils and other items. Poorly worked and designed pieces of Honiton lace probably date from this period as those who made the lace and those who dealt in it struggled to compete with the lace the machines could produce, although they were unable to actually reproduce Honiton lace.
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