"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I need some help identifying this piece!

Today's photos are an eclectic mix. One corner of a delightful tablecloth which arrived from England (where else?) yesterday. Two corners have the crinoline lady, and the other two have a garden scene. Lovely. Then we have a large doiley, or centrepiece as they are sometimes known. As I have written on the description, this is a lovely piece of work, 90% French knots I think, but very hard to tell unless I put it under a microscope!
Now: the item I need your advice on, dear Readers. My Mum-in-law gave this to me several years ago, asking if I would care to finish it, but I regretfully told her that I would find it impossible. Very fiddly for a start, and I don't crochet, so I would not have been able to finish it off, even if I was to continue tacking the tape over the printed design. As you can see on the photos, it is named "Dickel Lace", which is what MIL referred to it as. I showed someone at the Embroiderer's Guild a while ago, and they said they had a similar piece in their collection, but didn't offer any further information about it, apart from telling me it was called "Tape Lace", not Dickel Lace. Well, I'm only reading what is on this sample!
Recently, I had an email from one of my regular eBay sellers, asking me if I knew anything about an item she had found at an estate auction. She had a photo, and it looked just like my "Dickel Lace". She wants to know more about it before she lists it on eBay, so people will know what they are looking at, if (like most people I've showed mine to) they have never seen anything like it.
So! Chloe, Sharon B, and all the other experts out there - this is your challenge for the week!


Maggie Ann said...

I have never heard of 'Dickel Lace' but it looks like it would take a lot of know-how and patience. You get the most interesting needlework treasures!! Thanks for your appreciation of my tatting Gina...it is a dying art compared to other things isn't it.

Lee-ann said...

Gina, it is a lovely piece and I know if anyone can do it you will. let us see the finished project please!
Now I am off to see maggie ann's tatting.
O! and by the way Gina I did put some more photos of my china on my blog. thanks for that.

Gina said...

Hi, just saw your photo of Dickel Lace - and commented on my blog http://threadsofatattinggoddess.blogspot.com/ I think that is actually the name of the pattern company. The pattern is for a tape lace and can be Romanian Point Lace (also known as macrame crochet lace) or using any of the tapes, like battenburg - the pattern designates 2 sizes of cord. :-) Gina B.