I was tidying my sewing room last night and I really should do it more often because I found a fascinating treasure in the bottom of a drawer. A bag full of yards of different types of lace. My grandmother’s lace.
My father’s mother died a few years ago and during her life created many beautiful things in needlepoint and embroidery. I’m sure she knitted and sewed too as did so many of her generation. however she hadn’t sewn for a long time so parts of this collection are probably several decades old. The above picture shows the bulk of the collection, some of which is in relatively good condition.
In the picture below you can see the two pieces in the worst condition. The upper has long shattered sections interspersed by stretches that are intact. The lower is less broken but very very stained and fragile, though you can still see some of the original colour.
There are different weights and types of lace here and they feel like they were for garments of some sort or other. From the feel of it there isn’t a nasty nylon amongst them and one or two feel positively silky.
I have just found the name of a museum textile conservator who I hope will willing and able to advise me whether it is possible to restore any of it. Wouldn’t it be lovely to use it one day?