Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lace Guild

Yesterday was the 1st meeting of the fall for the New England Lace Guild (NELG). Our meetings are held monthly at the library in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

We have a business meeting, then a speaker/guest. This month's guest was from the Plimoth Plantation - yes this is the Plymouth you are thinking of. Travel back to the 1600's and visit how life was back then.

Our speaker, Jill Hall, came to show us some of the work our members have been working on the recreation of an embroidered jacket. The link will take you to the blog and you can see some pictures for a work in progress. Members from the guild have traveled up and stayed over night to be able to work on this jacket. The lace part is amazing, our own Carolyn as assisted so many hours to this projected. The lace is simple, yet the thread was not. A silk cord in gold with gold metallic on the outside. From what I understood, this thread was contracted though a supplier in England. One spool of this thread is $40 what with the Euro and the price of gold!

It was truly a privilege to get to see this work in progress. It is hoping that the jacket will be completed by September of next year! An original of this jacket, the inspiration, can be found at the V&A in London. See it here and from a painting of Margaret Laton, hence the name the Laton jacket.

Click above and visit Plimoth and the V&A!

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