The Freehand Lace Research Group

Some of you may get the opportunity to investigate examples of lace.

Here are examples of a reports by Gil Dye about

1) a smock at the Museum of London.

2) a hood at V&A

Gil Dye has also written these notes:

Recording Early Lace

The most useful tool is a digital camera with a macro setting.

Also needed: pencil and notebook; ruler and/or tape-measure.Pieces of dark and light fabric as a background for photographs are also useful.                                  

NB: pens should never be used

Before taking any pictures

1) make a note of the reference number of the item;

2) make a sketch (particularly important as a reference if you are viewing a number of items in one session – but also useful for marking the dimensions);

3) measure and note the width of the lace, and the length of a single repeat, also note the dimensions of obvious features such as width of scallops or diameter of circular motifs;

4) where appropriate, make notes about the object on which the lace is found, including method of attachment; 

5) record any information held about the lace/item – the easiest way to do this is to photograph the label or record card, or the curator may be able to provide an electronic version.



a) the whole object

b) about three repeats of the lace

c)  a single repeat

d) close-ups of details


Write/type up your notes as soon as possible; combining or cross-referencing text and images.

Gil Dye June 2010