Color in Bedfordshire

Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast

Color in Bedfordshire Lace

Bedfordshire lace and other similar laces were developed in the middle of the nineteenth century, all of them inspired by earlier seventeenth laces. Often referred to as ‘guipure’ laces they featured plaits, often decorated with picots, tallies of various shapes, and cloth-stitch trails and motifs. The late nineteenth and early twentieth century guipure laces were usually worked with white thread, either linen or cotton, although black silk was occasionally used. However, portraits and a few surviving examples show that coloured guipure laces, probably made with silk which was easier to dye than linen, were produced in the early seventeenth century.

This DVD is designed to show how using colours can transform a simple Bedfordshire pattern and, together with some small changes in techniques, provides all sorts of possibilities for experimentation. How to work the first three patterns, two bookmarks and an edging, is demonstrated and explained in detail, and two additional patterns for small motifs provide further practice. The instructions assume some basic knowledge (how to wind bobbins, make a pricking and work the basic stitches) but starting and finishing, working plaits and picots, leaf-shaped and raised tallies, a foootside edge, and adding beads are all explained step by step.

DVD details

Color in Bedfordshire Lace with Jean Leader
DVD/video: 2 discs with 4 pages of notes and prickings
Price: US$50.00 plus postage
Available from Hensel Productions
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