Needle lace, burato (twined ground and darned in one direction); bleached linen (est.)
Overall: 14.7 x 388.3 cm (5 13/16 x 152 7/8 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1921.1139
Books of patterns for lace making and other needlework were aimed at well-to-do women and girls to encourage domestic virtue.
A scrolling vine with budding vegetation or a tendril is a recurring pattern in needle lace. The frequent use of the motif, adapted in lace from different centuries and regions, suggests that it was found in a pattern book. Here, the pattern is excessively ornate with additional swirling motifs and flourishing vases.
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