At this very DIFFICULT time, The Lace Museum Detroit is CLOSED to visitors due to the Pandemic that is affecting all of our lives, on a Global Scale. We at the Museum wish each and every one of you throughout the world, GREAT HEALTH and SAFETY and STRENGTH as we persevere.
If there needs to be communication with the Museum, please contact the Owner/Curator Mary Salmon at USA (937) 681-7219
We look forward to seeing or hearing from you in the future when it is appropriate to again open the Museum!
In Search of Lace
9th Marquis Nicholas de Piro shared his precious family collection of Maltese Lace with Mary Salmon at Valletta, Malta and it was a pleasure meeting his colleague Caroline Tonna (above).
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Photos: The Living Lace Exhibit
Brugge, Belgium 2018 (below)
Wealthy Victorian and Edwardian family households would commonly have Bed Linens constructed of the finest Linen, derived from famous Flax Fields such as those found in the cooler regions of Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Flanders, or Ireland. They were also elaborately hand-embroidered and monogrammed with a Family Crest or Initials (above).
The Lace Museum shows rotating exhibits of Authentic Victorian & Edwardian Fashion: Day Dresses, Promenade Dress, Vintage and Antique Evening Gowns, and clothing from the American Civil War. Rotating exhibits of Hand-made Bobbin Lace, Needlelace, and Victorian Machine-made Lace from Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland, Russia, and the Far-East.
Antique Needle and Bobbin Lace could also be richly decorated with glass beads and metallic thread, such as this lovely and rare piece of Victorian Trim for an Evening gown (above).
Handmade Lace has become nearly extinct over the course of history due in large part to the introduction of Lace Machinery. In America, the decline of the Pillow Lace Making craft at the Massachusetts Bay Colony of Ipswich suffered due to the production of Machine made Lace (above).
18th Century Alb:
Handmade Needle Lace in the
Italian Reticella Style (above).
The Lace Museum Detroit also exhibits Edwardian Era Textile and Lace Fashion in the form of clothing, as well as hats, shoes, and purses of the period, similar to those in the photograph above.