DO YOU LIKE COLORFUL LACES
OR WHITE ONES
IN YOUR ROOMS ?
HERE YOU FIND SOME PATTERNS...
No lace pattern-books have been found to have been published in Spain.
The needle-made laces which came out of Spanish monasteries in 1830,
when these institutions were dissolved,
were mostly Venetian needle-made laces.
The humble endeavours of peasantry in England
(which could boast of no schools of design),
could not result in work of so high artistic pretension as that of France and Flanders.
In the style of the laces made at Venice, Genoa, Ragusa and other places;
these French imitations were to be called " points de France."
By 1671 the Italian ambassador at Paris writes,
" Gallantly is the minister Colbert on his way to bring the
` lavori d'aria' to perfection."
Six years later an Italian, Domenigo Contarini,
alludes to the " punto in aria," " which the French can now do to admiration."
The styles of design which emanated from the chief of the French lace centre.
In the 8th century good lace was made in Devonshire,
but it is only in recent years that to some extent
the hand lace-makers of England and Ireland
have become impressed with the necessity of well-considered designs for their work.
Silk pillow lace making is carried on in Spain, especially at Barcelona.
The patterns are almost entirely imitations
from 18th-century French ones of a large and free floral character.