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.

 

Photograph:


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

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