Lace Making at the Black Pot Cook-Off
The First Annual Black Pot Cook Off and Cowboy Poetry Event was very lucky to have Period Artisan Rebecca Wasson do lace making demonstrations for the event. In full period dress Rebecca charmed visitors to Old Town Clovis and showed them her ancient craft.
While there are many types of lace making, Rebecca demonstrated Bobbin lace, which is created using bobbins and threads which are woven together and held in place with pins stuck in the pattern on a soft surface or pillow. This craft originated in the first half of the 14th century in Flanders (now on the border between France and Belgium), and originally linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used. Nowadays lace is often made with cotton thread. Traditionally, lace was used to make tablecloths and doilies and in both men’s and women’s clothing. Rebecca’s demonstrations were fascinating and visitors could see that this was a skill that required one’s full concentration!
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