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Colchester Historeum

Lace


Accession number: 04.3365
Date: 1900 – 2004
Materials: Cotton
Measurements: 8 cm L x 8 cm W
Narrative: Possibly used as coasters. Lace is a lightweight, openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. Modern styles of lace making became popular in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Crochet lace came into vogue in the 1800s and, at that time, crochet lace began to be used as a less expensive substitute for other forms of lace as crocheted laces were faster and easier to make and teach. Crochet lace is made by pulling loops of thread through other loops. Generally, finer threads and more decorative styles of stitching would be used in crochet lace then regular crochet work. Dorothy Harrity was married to a man with the name of Gordon E. Harrity. They both moved here in 1980 when they were retired.
Description: These pieces are crocheted squares, with a rose type centre, and a tiny shell design forming four triangles and a picot edge.
Manufacturer: Harrity, Dorothy