One of my favorite pieces of bobbin lace that I've made is also one of
the simplest. This is a tape lace, made with gold machine metallic
thread, with a pricking (pattern) that I designed. It's based on the
tape laces which can be seen on early seventeenth century buff coats, and sometime
in the future it will be attached to a buff coat for my lord husband. There is approximately 15 feet of it, and is the
longest piece of lace I've made to date. It's about 13mm wide, and took
about 80+ hours to make.
This is a portrait of Richard Neville, a Royalist soldier during the English Civil War. He eventually served as commander at the First Battle of Newbury in 1643 where he commanded the Royalist side. He later served as High Sheriff for Berkshire, and after the restoration, he became Berkshire's Justice of the Peace. In 1670 he was elected to Parliament as a Knight of the Shire serving until his death in 1676. On his lovely leather buff coat there are five stripes of plain gold lace trim on each sleeve. My lace is much more of a burnished gold than the picture suggests. The colour is actually much closer to the portrait in person!