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On the Eighteenth Day of December: Pink Saturday Lacemaking

On the eighteenth day of December I learned about the history of lace at the
 Bard Graduate Center and it was fabulous, as is this gown

I had plans to do a post about the extraordinary lights and decorations at Hudson Yards, but I'm going off the holiday theme for tonight and sharing a great museum exhibition I saw today at a study center for decorative arts. The exhibit was from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland. I knew very little about lace before seeing this exhibit. If you'd asked me about lace before this I would have said, handkerchief trim, wedding gowns and my grandmother's doilies, but I learned there's so much more. 

When I think of lace I think of clothing, but there's a lot more, both decorative pieces and church articles. I'm still in awe of thinking about how these beautiful pieces were hand made and kept clean and white, in ages without indoor running water.  

These are examples of clerical pieces and at top, a vestment for clergy

This summer dress was made in the Nineteenth century, at which time machines had, for the most part, replaced lacemakers.  

Love this 1920's high fashion look. The lace inset detail is at the top of the picture. 

Though I have no craft skill -- and I know lace making is beyond a craft -- I took a turn at trying my hand at it. I had no confidence in my ability, but by the end of the session my fabulous instructor Cynthia got me to believe that I, too, could be a lacemaker when I grow up.

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year, Monkey Monday: The Holiday Edition 2022. There will be appearances by Pep, Baby Yo, the Snow People and Friends Orchestra and Chorus and our new friends from France, the Little Gnomes. It's fun, friends and monkeys and you  don't want to miss it. 

Thanks for joining me for one of our last Pink Saturdays  of the year. There are only two more for 2022, amazingly enough. And amazingly enough, one week to Christmas. Enjoy and savor all the sweet moments that this week will hold. 

As ever, thanks for visiting and love and blessings across the blogging miles.  


Anonymous said...

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

Deb J. in Utah said...

Wow, very interesting post. I love that gown in the first picture. All of that amazing and intricate lace work is incredible. So glad you got to try your hand at it. I am sure it requires a lot of patience. Thank you for sharing your interesting trip to The Bard Graduate Center. I hope you have a splendid week. See you again soon!

Sandi said...

How amazing are those dresses!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Lace is very festive decorating our holiday dresses. I don't think you went far off your Christmas posts. That dress is definitely a party dress. Keep warm there we are supposed to be very csld.

Chatty Crone said...

I did not know that lace making was that painstaking. Also on this first dress I did not see anything that looked like lace. lol

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Lace is so pretty and really does look quite involved to make. Thanks for the tour and the photos of the beautiful dresses too.