Know your bobbins!

It still amazes me that lace was so valuable in days gone by that smugglers in Rottingdean and Saltdean smuggled lace from Europe.

Lace makers made black lace in Lumb Bank cottages for mourning clothes in Victorian times.

For many generations in different countries lace has been a cottage industry.

My gran made lace, my mother tried it, it is very time consuming and complex.

I love the idea that someone made the bobbins below, some with the beads to weight them for different kinds of lace.

I would love to know the origin of these.  Any ideas?




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