Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Okay, okay, I know it is supposed to be white Wednesday but I was feeling the rebel and decided to go to the dark side (they always have cookies anyway) and offer up a black lace Wednesday in its place. I adore textiles and especially lace. The idea that anyone would spend hours twisting bobbins to create an inch of lace fascinates me and one of the most lovely of the bobbin made laces is “Chantilly Lace.” Pronounced “shawn tew lee”, this bobbin made lace originated in Chantilly, north of Paris…only the French could conceive of such beauty utilizing fine silk threads.
The earliest chantilly lace was known as “Blonde lace” and the name comes from the natural golden blonde color of the silk used to create the bobbin lace.
Closeup of the detail of this handmade laces twists and turns. Incredible.
Bobbin lace strip with hundreds of pins holding silk in place.
Detail of the cupids on the bedspread. How many hundreds of hours did this lovely spread take?
The production of Chantilly lace flourished under Louis XV (1715-1774) and was a special favorite of his last mistress and of course, the lovely Marie Antoinette.
I love the detail and realism of the florals and designs in chantilly lace. Truly gossamer in its look and touch. These lovely huge shawls are light as a feather.
Modern machine made chantilly lace Circa 1900s. Just as lovely as the antique, hand made pieces.
Beautiful chantilly lace dress from the 1890s
Lovely chantilly lace dress from the 1940s. Sophistication at its best.
Lace has such universal appeal and there are so many types available. Bobbin or machined, crocheted or knitted, twisted or knotted, the next time you come across vintage pieces at a yard sale, an antique store or a museum, look a little closer at how it was created. You will have a new appreciation for this lovely textile. Sea Witch