I’m still recovering from the big Italian festa we had at our place today.
So for a complete change of pace I’ve decided to update the blog.
On the same day that Audrey brought in her wonderful cushions Margaret Thompson, another longstanding member of the Guild, showed me two pieces of Tape Lace she’d made. Like Audrey with her cushions Margaret was very doubtful that anyone would be interested in these pieces………..I assured her they were treasures and lots of people would be interested.
Tape Lace is also known as Tape Guipere. It’s a type of needlelace where the tape is used to outline a pattern or motif and provides the foundation for the needlelace bars and stitches.
There are 17th century examples from Genoa in Italy where the tape is hand made using bobbins. This allows the tape to sit flat and curve continuously. Most of the Genoese Tape Lace pieces were imitations of Venetian Lace.
There was a revival of this style of lacemaking in the 19th century in the UK and Ireland – you can read more about it here. The big difference between these and the earlier examples of tape lace is that the tape was machine rather than hand made.
Margaret’s Tape Lace
Margaret’s two pieces are exquisite and we can see this in all its detail thanks to Stewart Bath’s wonderful photographs.
So here’s your chance to look closely at the intricate patterns and needlelace
Tape Lace Square
If you’ve ever done any Tape Lace we’d love to hear your comments about this technique.
Margaret – your work is just beautiful and I was blown away by its delicacy – thank you so much for sharing it with us.