Reproduction of seventeenth century shoe roses

The aim of this ‘early lace’ site is to share information about sixteenth and seventeenth century bobbin lace.

Over the past few years I have been actively seeking out the early bobbin lace that survives in British collections. So far I have been able to study around 200 examples (gold and linen) dating from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Attempting reconstructions of these laces has provided a fascinating insight into the working methods of the early lacemakers. Alongside hands-on experience of the lace itself I have been looking at portraits and pattern books of the period and exploring a wide range of written and electronic information; this has all helped to build up a picture of the earliest lace, the skilled workers who made it and the wealthy hierarchy who wore it.

Gil Dye

Queries and comments are welcome, also requests to purchase publications. Please complete the contact form.