HNW - Macrame- 16th cent.
72123.411 at compuserve.com
Mon Jun 21 07:49:45 PDT 1999
I've been browsing through some lace books lately and found pictures of
Renaissance macrame -- and boy does it look like modern macrame,only more
Bath, Virginia Churchill, "Lace", Henry Regnery Company, Chicago,1974
p.29 shows a lovely macrame border (Italy, 16-17th cent) of linen
with beads (weighing down the bottom of the fringe?). Owned by the Art
Institute of Chicago. It's figural macrame -- a man and woman alternate
with intricate bands of knots.
p.149 shows a *gorgeous* piece of 15th century English sprang
(owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art).
Ms. Bath's text mentions the possibility of sprang and macrame
becoming a basis for bobbin lace, which I found both logical and
Jackson, Mrs. F. Nevill "Old Handmade Lace", Dover Publications, NY 1987
p.173, definition for "knotted lace" discusses Punto a Groppo (a
I've seen used for macrame some time ago). There is a photo of
a piece of Italian knotted lace (macrame) of the 16th cent on
Ricci, Elisa, "Italian Lace Designs: 243 Classic Examples", Dover
fig.235,"Towel with lacis insertions and a macrame border,
fig.237 "wide border and edging with macrame fringe, 16th cent"
fig.239"wide border and edging with macrame fringe,16th cent"
I wish I had knownallaout this 20 years or so ago when people were asking
me if macrame was period for SCA use. Oh, well, some of these boks hadn't
been reprinted then.
I'd advise anyone seriously researching macrame to look at every lace book
they can get their hands on -- the 19th century ones are probably very
helpful, as they often have huge wonderful photo plates of extant work.
Hope this is useful to someone.
SCA: Kathryn Goodwyn
"too many centuries...too little time"
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