Devon lace border, bobbin lace technique, linen, maker and date unknown, England, c 1780
A Devon lace border, sectional bobbin lace technique, made of linen, with an undulating headside with picots. The motif in this length of lace consists of stylised floral aprays arranged somewhat awkwardly along the headside, and intruding into the ground at intervals. Separate floral sprays in the ground also, in each repeat with a mesh ground. The solid areas of thi design are worked in cloth stitch and half stitch, with rather intermittent use of raised work. There seems to have been considerable application by the worker to achieve a few endings of ass possible, hence the continuous tape-like appearance of the design elements. Plaited and pictoted brides fill spaces within the solid areas. The droschel mesh ground is twisted twice and plaited six times. The ground is worked lengthwise in most instances, in sections, but occasionally small pataches diverge from this. There is a curious use of plaiting to carry threads from one part of the deisng to another. This lace border is made of linen.