Torchon lace doily, bobbin lace, needle lace and drawn fabric lace techniques with 'horseshoe' edging, linen, Australia, c. 1912
A torchon lace doiley, bobbin lace, needle lace and drawn fabric lace techniques, made of linen. Doiley is circular in shaped in off-white linen fabric and includes a lace border and lace central square panel. Central lace panel consists of a mesh ground with five stylised floral motifs, four at each edge of the square and one in the centre, each consisting of eight rectangular shaped petals. Edge of central square is embroidered using plain satin stitch. Following this is another rectangular border in a criss-cross design. At each corner of outer border is a V-shaped embroidered decoration using a plain satin stitch. Following central square is plain linen fabric. Edge of plain linen fabric has a scalloped edge with an embroidered decoration around the edge consisting of a continuous stylised floral design. Following this is scalloped edge which is bound using buttonhole stitch. Doily had 'horseshoe' lace edging which consists of a repeat 'horseshoe' shaped lace edge which including a circular shape bordered by two fan shapes. This motif is repeated twenty-seven times around the edge of the doily.The size of the each floral motif in the central panel is approximately 19 mm in diamter, and the repeat motif in the outer lace border is approximately 34 mm in width. Central square is constructed using the needle lace technique with embroiderd flowers, border of central square is constructed using pulled thread fabric technique and lace edge is constructed using bobbin lace technique.